Christmas Gifts – Giving to Charity

Friday, November 19, 2004 by Michelle

Christmastime is just around the corner and perhaps now is a good time to stop and think about what on earth the consumer frenzy is all about. A number of years ago, we opted out of Christmas with all adults (kids get books or craft stuff). Instead of gifts people probably don't want/need, we give to charities to honour the people we give to and/or spend time with people who we love who live nearby. And it's catching on! Check out Buy Nothing Christmas for ideas. Supporting local agencies will ensure your Christmas money will be far more useful to society than yet another tie/blender/computer game/etc. While you're at it, why not celebrate Buy Nothing Day on Friday, November 26, 2004.

Use “Snopes” People!

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 by Michelle

People forwarding emails to me that are hoaxes is so frustrating. I even have people forwarding me hoaxes with the message, "Michelle, could you check to see if this email is a hoax?" A simple search on the internet using key words from the email and the word "hoax" usually shows the email for what it is - rubbish. A few moments of simple searching can prevent your friend's email boxes from being filled with trash from you. Please, don't pass on hoaxes. Take a moment to check out forwarded emails to see if they're legit.