Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Win free PJ's and help a great cause!

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and last Sunday, November 14th, was recognized as World Diabetes Day.   A leading sleepwear company, Komar, has launched an initiative called "Pjs for the Cure" with the goal of raising $1 million dollars to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Before I get to the fun pj giveaway, here are some facts you may not know about juvenile diabetes and this great event:
  • Each year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
  • You cannot "catch" diabetes, nor has juvenile diabetes been linked directly to genetics or lifestyle.  
  • Insulin does not cure diabetes, it only helps to keep the patient alive.
  • 100% of every sale from PJs For The Cure will be donated directly to the JDRF to fund further research to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. 

 To win a set of women's, girl's, or boy's pj's, , please post one comment for as many of the following as you like.  And please tell your friends, too!  
I will select a winner at random on November 30th to receive a pair of jammies.  Please make sure I have some way to contact you for size, style, shipping address, etc.

Spread the word!  And thanks for supporting Juvenile Diabetes!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Komar and PJs For The Cure and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Books Campaign: Prayers Like Shoes*

This review is part of the Green Books campaign
.  Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.
The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on "green" books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website

I'd like to say that I fearlessly tackled the idea of reviewing a book of poetry.  The truth would be that I was a little terrified.  I know real poets.  I'm not one of them.  I know real writers and real literary reviewers and I'm not one of them.  What do I know about poetry?  I should not have worried.  I'm listening to Ruth Forman on NPR as I write this, looking for inspiration.  Her smoky voice eases my worries like a cool, wet washcloth to a fever.  Ruth Forman somehow transcends racial lines and even literary ones, to make her material accessible even to the mama sitting in front of this screen.  Especially to this mama.  "What's a woman without good stories?" Forman asks in one piece.  "Stories make her know which step a good step."  

I read the book in a single sitting.  Then I read it again.  And again.  Forman divides her book into four sections covering love, politics, family and religion.  Each section resonates with her sturdy but soulful voice.  I feel grounded and lifted at the same time.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  

Thank you to the Green Books Campaign  and Eco-libris for bringing me Ruth Forman and reminding me to find a place where I can sit and eat good stories.  Isn't that why I blog?  I'll end with one of Forman's pieces that really spoke to me and my every-day life.  In the midst of my eating, breathing, diapering, feeding, laundering, comforting of tears-ing and general daily junk that tends to get me down, this piece lifts me up and reminds me, especially, of my commitment to a "barefoot" life.  
Unload your burdens, kick your shoes off, and wear your prayers, instead.

If I Forget to Dance

If i forget to dance
remind me

yes if i forget to dance
take my hand
lead me to the polished floor
help me take off my shoes
put on myself

*This inside of this book was printed on 100% post-consumer recycled material