Wrapping food the healthy way…

…. for you, your food and the planet. Made from hemp, cotton, beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil, Abeego is a lovely smelling new food-wrap product.  It’s a reusable, biodegradable and antibacterial alternative to plastic wrap. You simply mold it over a container or around your left-over food. AbeegoFlats

No, I don’t own shares in the product. I simply tried it after reading a newspaper story about the young woman entrepreneur who created it. Now I love it so much that I’m buying it for all my friends. It’s everything it claims to be and I no longer have to feel uncomfortable about using that plastic throw-away (never to decompose) film. Every little bit helps our ailing planet.

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You CAN make a difference in a developing country

Food for thought…
“Knowing that someone out there wishes the best for you is enough to give you drive to achieve your dream.” – Sammy, a Kiva borrower in Kenya

Hand Up

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to travel in India, Guatemala and Uganda. Seeing the poverty in these countries, especially in India where tourists are often swarmed by children and adults begging for money, food… anything, is agonizing. It’s hard to know what to do, it’s impossible to help everyone, and you come away feeling  helpless and uncomfortable about all that we take for granted back home.

I have sponsored children, helped build schools in developing countries and have given money to various charities knowing that every little bit helps, but more recently I came across Kiva, an organization that uses your donation to  finance loans to individuals in developing countries. These loans help entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground. Sometimes it’s farming, sometimes it’s retail or even maintenance for cars and buildings. These loans are repaid, bit by bit, and you can simply reinvest the money into another individual’s business. Continue reading

The End

The EndToday I typed The End.

I’ve been working on this novel for at least two years. Probably longer.
I should feel elated, but I feel strangely empty instead.
For one thing, I don’t really know if it is The End. I’ll have to reread the story (again!) to see if it has come full circle. Have I reached the place I was aiming for since page one? I don’t know. Is that because I’ve been with this story for so long that I’ve lost perspective? Perhaps.

Or perhaps I feel sad at the prospect of saying goodbye to these characters, who aren’t actually characters to me. They are real people. After all, I have been living with them for a couple of years now. It’s hard to leave old friends, people you’ve been with every day, wrestling with them, finding their flaws, discovering their strengths, observing their growth.

I recently heard a writer friend use the term Premature Submission. It refers to the temptation to send the manuscript to the publisher too soon, before it’s been put aside for a few weeks and then looked at with fresh eyes. This is an important step in the writing process. Problems with a story become much clearer when the writer has stepped away from it for a while. One can hope that the story will begin to age like fine wine, but more likely the writer will see the rough edges, the clutter, themes that are incomplete, connections that weren’t made.

This isn’t really The End at all. It is the beginning of a whole new stage in the writing process.