My wife is great at making useful gifts and gadgets especially for the garden. She found this idea on Pinterest. It’s a bird feeder made out of a wine bottle (or any really cool looking bottle will do). 1. Drill 2 holes, one on each side of the bottle near the bottom (this can be tricky) 2. Epoxy a small saucer to the bottom. (she found this cool one at a thrift store for .99 cents!) 3. Wrap copper wire around the top and make a hook. (.69 cents a foot at Home Depot or Lowe’s–8 gauge) 4. Fill it with bird seed and hang it up! It’ll make you think Spring is near.
But one of the reasons I like to support Rembrandt’s is because of their strong stand against human trafficking. Globally there is a human injustice that you won’t hear a lot about, and that is the injustice against women who are abducted or forced into the sex slave trade or “human trafficking”. Currently, there are approx. 4.5 million individuals who are enslaved in sexual exploitation and 98% are women. (the other being children) Like most things grossly evil, these things hide in the dark, not wanting to be exposed and remain hidden. Rembrandt’s Coffee House is doing what it can to bring awareness and partners with Nomi Network, a nonprofit organization that aims to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking thru their proceeds. When you walk into Rembrandt’s the first thing you will see are handbags, jewelry and other unique items made by women who have survived human trafficking. (Nomi Network manufactures their signature Buy Her Bag Not Her Body handbags.)
Having made my point, Rembrandt’s Coffee House also produces very good coffee, they roast their own beans, and make strangely HUGE cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, breakfast and lunch items that are a-maz-ing! The atmosphere inside is very cool, eclectic with paintings covering the walls and many items for sale to help support survivors of human trafficking. I’m happy they are in my community.
For more information on this issue, I would recommend the film, Nefarious, the documentary.
I will turn on the Super Bowl exactly 3.5 seconds after kick off this Sunday so I don’t have to hear all the ridiculous hype that goes along with the pre-game, which started a week ago. And it’s non-stop. It’s one of the most repulsive things to have to endure for those who don’t know where the “mute” button is…I love sports and all of the life lessons gleaned from them, discipline, teamwork, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, hot wings…
What I can do without is when it brings out the worst in us as a culture. Anger, rage, drunkenness, bitterness, racism, slander, violence, undeserved judgement, and guys who run over children to get a foul ball… I realize you’re always going to have that to some degree because it’s emotional but it shouldn’t be central.
You won’t hear about them but there are many athletes who are doing great things with their time and money to make other people’s lives richer and more fulfilled. You know, “happy”…that lost and forgotten art of being. Oh sure, it’ll be a heartwarming side story, but that doesn’t sell. I mean, there’s a guy on every team or entire teams we have reason to hate. Some players are hated because they haven’t done anything for us to hate… I fear we’ve become comfortable with hating as if that is normal now. But then again, I also fear fat guys who take their shirts off and paint themselves in 10 degree weather… Enjoy the game, your friends, food and the commercials.
One of our favorite days starts with coffee at a cozy coffee shop (not the obvious Starbucks…) and wandering in and out of shops in downtown Seattle and a stroll through Pike Place Market where each time I threaten to buy some fresh Salmon from Alaska to bring home. That would be easy. I think the only right thing to do would be to go TO Alaska and catch them myself.