from the overcooked noodle of Burbanmom...
SPOILER ALERT: I'm not going to talk about the election. I know - an environmental blog one day before the big vote? Politics MUST be the topic du jour. But it's not. Not me, not today.
Oh, I've been pretty vocal among friends and families, but let's be honest here. As much as I'd like to try to convince you to Ba-Rock The Vote tomorrow - I'm pretty sure you've already got your mind made up. Besides, the thought of someone - anyone - selecting a presidential candidate based solely on my endorsement? Yikes. That scares me more than the thought of Queen Palin shootin' squirrels in the Rose Garden while Grandpa McCain wanders aimlessly from the Green Room to the Oval Office trying to remember where he put those nuclear codes.
No, although I am anxiously awaiting tomorrow's outcome as much as the next guy, today I'm talking about giving back. Let's face it - it's been a pretty crappy year for a lot of folks in America. And odds are, it's gonna get worse before it gets better. Food pantries across the country are hurting. People - all sorts of people - do not have enough to eat. The very young and the elderly, the working poor, single mothers, and many, many other Americans are going hungry. The shelves are bare and the lines are long. So here's a chance for ALL of us to don our capes and wonderbras (or wonder-codpieces) and be a hero.
Please, take a moment today to locate your local food bank and make a donation. You can donate money, food, time or all of the above. Please do it now. The nuttiness of Halloween is over and the Thanksgiving madness is not yet in full swing. You have the time. You have the resources. Please. You can make a huge difference to someone who is struggling to make ends meet. You can help a mother feed her child. You can allow an elderly person to not have to choose between food or medicine. You can help someone eat.
I don't care if it's organic. I don't care if it's local. I don't care if it's fair trade. I just care that it's food. And that you make the time to give it to someone in need. Please. This week. Give.
What's this got to do with the environment? Not much, I guess. But giving to your fellow man... building a sense of community... helping those in need... they're all worthy causes, aren't they? And if you really want to do something for the environment this week, you can do it at the polls.
So be sure to get out and vote on Tuesday. If nothing else, it'll give you a good feeling and a free coffee from Starbucks. And hell, maybe you could take the money you save on the fancy coffee and donate it to the food bank.