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 I have been a member of Poetry soup since 2011. 


Though my forte is fiction, verse has always appealed to me. There is nothing like a play of words to rattle the ordinary, to tickle away the dust of stagnation. My favourite form is the contemporary sonnet, but I also enjoy free verse. Also, I love the zen experience of haiku, its seizure of a moment, how it can hold a universe in so few syllables. And I admit to a fondness for the Rondeau.




My life is simple, but busy. I’m a writer and stay at home mother. Days are full. 


Currently, I am working on a novel or ... ha ha... should I really say that the novel is working on me? Characters! They have a way of turning a world upside down.


There are some amazing poets on the soup. I am blessed to call many my friends ~~ Cyndi




HELP! I Have a fundraising idea for the PHILIPPINES... HOW DO I DO THIS???


Blog Posted:11/14/2013 10:47:00 PM
Hi Guys.

It's late and I've been "hearing" that heart-voice again. You know that thought that just keeps tapping at your shoulder, constantly nudging you to DO SOMETHING?

Monday, I made sandwiches for my husband (who works evenings) and we sat down to watch the noon news. I then began to cry as I saw what has become of Tacloban. I could not eat as I watched thousands of people crying for food, for water, for shelter. People with children in their arms... people who have lost everything, family, friends....

Those images I still carry.


I am not a wealthy woman. I live frugally and struggle most months to make ends meet... but I have a home, food in my fridge, a warm, dry bed, clean water to drink... my family is alive and well. I am blessed in a thousand ways.


So, MY IDEA?


I want to organize a


FAST FOR THE PHILIPPINES fundraising drive.


I want people in my community to join me in a 24 HOUR FAST, to get sponsors for this fast and then to give the money to a local agency that is collecting donations for this devastated area. 


But all I have is the idea... I have no idea how to take this idea and make it happen.

How do I start? Who do I call? Has anyone ever done anything like this before???

These people have been without food for days. I want to demonstrate our empathy and show solidarity by fasting... it is just a token, I know, nothing compared to the starvation that these people are TRULY suffering... but it is a show of support and I am hoping that it will motivate people into giving ...

Can anyone out there give me some ideas?

I was thinking of calling the local paper (very very small, but well read, here) and speaking to the editor about putting a "call out" to see if anyone here would join me in my fundraising efforts. 

I can't just sit by and do nothing.

I can't be a good mother and turn away from this.

I must show my girl that we can be the change we want to see.... that one person can make a small difference.

Please, share your thoughts, 

Love to all
Cyndi

        Nette, Nikko--- You are ever in my thoughts and prayers.

  
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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 10:43:00 AM
    In the past, when I've witnessed something that captured my heart and called me to help in some way, I have found it best to do what may seem to be too little at the time, but start in a small way at home, first with involving my family, my friends, then neighbors, and community..it can snowball into enormous proportions.Our local newspaper, and TV stations catch wind of these small efforts makes all the difference.Once it gets out there, there is no stopping the help, inspiring others to do the same. If you are on Facebook..or any other sites.another way to spread the idea The important thing is, to do something, not be idle, expecting someone else to do what needs to be done. Good for you, Cyndi! But let's ALL do something!! Each of us can do something to make a difference!!!!

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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 8:01:00 AM
    We have donated through a local charity. It's important to channel efforts eventually through a recommended charity for final delivery. American Red Cross, Americares, Catholic Relief Services, and Convoy of Hope are among the charities recommended by Charity Navigator for the Philippines relief effort. Perhaps a couple of these are available from Canada. You have a good heart as always.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/15/2013 8:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Check with charity navigator. As far as your local effort goes start with your local media.
  1. Date: 11/15/2013 7:38:00 AM
    I will fast also. I am familiar with organizations within the US, but not Canada. I suggest that you contact Chris A. he will be able to direct you to some very reputable charities their in Canada.

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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 4:08:00 AM
    2)..as a media person myself, i am overwhelmed by the generosity of each and every country around us, moreso, individuals who care enough to reach out to us in a most endearing way ... in your area, there is a link that provides diiferent programs to help yolanda survivors.. perhaps you may want to try this link--- https://secure.humanitariancoalition.ca... hope this helps!... thank you so much; we are still in shock!... nikko and i are safe , including other poets here ( arden gopales, jake ponce, junjun villanueva, and more)by God's grace.. i will fast with you tomorrow...love and hugggs!

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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 4:03:00 AM
    1)my soul sis, cyn.. your compassion and concern light my heart and days... this special kind of assistance is somehting we filipinos will always remember; for this , i am truly grateful... while we have received donations all over the world, your idea is so personal, so life-giving... yes,Canada helped by sending Cad5million to the typhoon victims... cont)

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2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 6- DEDICATED TO LINDA MARIE, REPOSTRondeaufaith,
2/15/2014HAPPY FAMILY DAY 5 - FAMILY TREE, REPOST FOR LINDA MARIEVersefamily,
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