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Something to Smile About: A SpReAd the Love Challenge

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard about Richard Armitage’s biting debut as Francis Dolarhyde…aka The Tooth Fairy…on NBC’s Hannibal.  We here at STL like to mark special Armitage events, and this one is no different.  You might wonder how we are going to blend together kindness collection with an orally afflicted serial murderer…that’s easy!

Anyone else remember this from Captain Kangaroo??

In honor of the “Tooth Fairy” we are challenging ArmitageWorld to donate toothbrushes (and/or other oral hygiene products) to local or international organizations in need.  Dental health is directly connected to overall physical health, yet millions of people around the globe lack easy access to oral hygiene products.  Toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste and mouthwash regularly show up on the “Things We Need” list for homeless shelters and also for international relief agencies.  Here are just a few I know about:

Donate A Toothbrush

Global Dental Relief

Global Grins (this one accepts only money donations, but a $1 donation can supply up to 5 toothbrushes)

There are many, many local agencies that accept in kind donations of this type…to find one in your area in the US, click here.  If anyone has info on agencies in their area, outside of the US, please let us know in comments.

Tooth brush etc

Tooth brush etc

So here’s the challenge…

Between now and the end of the “Tooth Fairy’s” run, collect and donate dental hygiene products to a charity in your local area or to an international agency, then report back to us and we’ll tally it all up for future reference and goodwill raising.

If you’d like to be collaboRAtor on this challenge, we always love to be able to double down on our in kind donations with a matching cash gift to one of Richard Armitage’s Just Giving Charities…contact us via the About tab if you’re interested.

Ready…set…BRUSH!

 

 

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The Final Countdown…Bah-dah-dah-dah bah-dah-dah-dah-dah!

Wow, my Twitter TL is saucy tonight…’cause there’s eating of people and stuff and you need sauce and I’m just going to shut up now. Anyway, it’s the final week till the first appearance of Francis Dolarhyde on Hannibal and Obscura and I have something really cool to celebrate. Last summer during the run of The Crucible a friend of ours went out of her way to get us a poster signed by The Dude and now it’s time to give it away.

This one, in fact. Forgive the glare but check how legible the sig is!

This one, in fact. Forgive the glare but check how legible the sig is!

So, to win this fabulous, signed by The Dude poster you know what to do, right? Leave a comment with a kindness that you’ve done or that’s been done for you and we’ll draw one name from all commenters next Saturday around 9PMish ET. Cool? Cool. Okay, cue the hairband and happy commenting!

 

 

 

Hellooo??? Anyone in there????

Oh HI!!!  Yes, we’re definitely still here, but spring sprang all over Jazzbaby and I….

dusting off gif

I’ve just been dusting things off a bit to get ready to give SpReAd the Love a little jumpstart, since lots of things have been happening on the kindness front.  A little further housekeeping is in order though, before we get to some new things…

book donationThe Children’s Book Challenge exceeded the fifty books to max out our anonymous donor’s matching cash donation pledge.  The funds were donated to Richard Armitage’s Just Giving page for Young Minds all the way back in March.  It is such a great experience to hear so many people talk about books that touched them and their desire to share that with a child.  Maybe I should build a “virtual library” page here with links to all our SpReAd the Love Children’s Book Challenge titles…future projects  🙂

Now, back to current events on the kindness front:

Over at Ancient Armitage, I am happy to report that I can still rely on the kindness of strangers to avert massive mortification

The recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal have moved Guylty to lend her creative genius to charitable works…check out the plans for a relief fund raising RAPS auction

And last but not least, a promised kindness from the mutual OOA on the doodle front…

doodle tweet snip

With 2 days and 21 hours left, the “diddly doodle” in question should raise a nice amount for Neurofibromatosis Network.  As of this “press time”, the leading bid is $2125.  Click here if you’re ready to bid.

Tons of great stuff going on…watch this space in the next few weeks for a carnassial challenge to mark Richard Armitage’s debut on NBC’s Hannibal.  

As always, we are delighted to hear of SpReAding the Love with reports of any kindness given or received…click over to the ABOUT page and drop us a line!

 

 

SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge: REMARKABLE by Lizzie K. Foley

One of the things that I love about children’s books in general is that authors tend to be gleefully absurd, although it may say something about me that my sense of humor is still right around that of the average ten-year-old. Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley charmed me the moment I saw the blurb on the front cover. I mean, could you resist this?

“Welcome to the Town of Remarkable where Every Day in this Remarkable place filled with Remarkable people is Positively Remarkable for absolutely Everyone*

*except Jane”

Poor Jane Doe. She’s a middle kid, sandwiched between her brilliant painter older brother and her equally brilliant mathematician little sister. She’s also the only student at the public school because her siblings, and all of the other kids in town, attend Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted. She’s kind of a loner (her own father has “Ask Jane about her day” as Action Item #27 on his remarkably never-ending to-do list) until she meets Remarkable’s very own ten-year-old Criminal Masterminds, the Gimlet Twins. There’s a Lake Monster, too (because of course there is), and a crew of pirates come calling and then it might be up to Jane’s unremarkableness to save the day. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and sweet and anyone who’s ever felt overlooked can definitely relate to Jane. A copy of Remarkable, along with a few other books this week, is being donated to the library on the pediatric floor at my local hospital.

We are blogging all this week and possibly a little beyond to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Other posts include

Suzy at SilverBlueLining

Saraleee at Saraleee’s blog

Frenz at RAFrenzy

If you’d like to participate in the SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge there’s still plenty of time. Just fill out the Contact Form on the About tab and either Obscura or I will get in touch. If you’d prefer to donate a book without blogging just let us know what and where you donated so that we can keep track. An Anonymous Co-Conspirator is donating $50 to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving in honor of this event and we’d like to thank that person for his/her generosity!

SpReAd The Love Children’s Book Challenge: Dr. Seuss Is On The Loose Again

When Obscura and I were talking about what we’d like to do with SpReAd the Love this year the one challenge that we really wanted to keep was this one. Last year our participants donated twenty-seven books to libraries, schools, children’s hospitals, and to special children in their lives and hosted twenty-one posts on blogs all throughout Armitageworld. Can we outdo ourselves this year?

The challenge is this: if there’s a book you loved as a child or a children’s book you’ve read and loved as an adult, we invite you to write a review of it and then donate a copy to a school, a library, a children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald house, or a child in your own life. Pretty simple, right? If you’d like to write a review but don’t have a blog of your own we can arrange a host for you or if you’d prefer to just donate a book without a review just be sure to let us know so that we can count it toward our total. You can find a masterlist of posts from last year here. We can host posts here at STL, Obscura can host at Ancient Armitage, I’m open at FunkyBlueDandelion, and Trudy and I are willing to host at The Armitage Authors Network.

Get in touch with us on the Contact form on the About tab and let us know what you’re planning to do so that we can get organized because this shindig is going down the first week of March again. Why the first week of March? Because March 1st is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and kicks off Read Across America week here in the US. So our target dates for posts and donations is during that week but we’re flexible and posts a few days or so before or after that week are fine by us. Last year we had an Anonymous Co-Conspirator who donated $1 for each post, each host, and each book donation to one of the charities supported by Richard Armitage via JustGiving. If you’d like to do that for us this year please let us know.

So it’s Sunday and Sunday for me means spoken word poetry so we’re going out with this lovely piece that I played for the kick off last year, too. I think this might be the single video that I’ve played most frequently but I find it really hard to resist all that sunshine while it’s cold and yucky out. Have a great Sunday, wherever you are!

Thinking lots about socks…

Back in December in response to rockin’ socks being sported by you know who,

Yes, him.

Yes, him.

I threw out a call for us all to signal boost charities that donate socks, or to donate socks ourselves to local charities.  I threw in a nifty sock tree graphic, and then replaced it with a more decorated one a few days later.  Then December caught up with me and then December got away from me!

Now it’s January, and it is bitterly cold.  Not cold enough if you ask MiniMe, since it needs to be -35° F with the windchill factor in order for school to be delayed and her to sleep in.  Today the windchill factor was only –26° F, so off to school they went.  To put that kind of cold into perspective, in this weather, exposed human flesh can freeze in as little as 15-20 minutes.  It’s not just uncomfortably cold, it’s dangerously cold.  That fact led me to think about socks again.

Every day I look this:

The most puzzling question of all time...

The most puzzling question of all time…

Most days the elusive enigma that is my odd sock basket only makes me grimace.  Where, in the name of all that is good and right, do all those freaking socks go?  People take off two matching socks, I collect laundry and wash it and when the baskets are put away, I’m left with a giant pile of unmatched loners.  Usually I look at it with a scowl and the intention to dump it and play a round of hosiery Husker Du, but today when I looked at it, I realized that there are plenty of people in the world who would happily wear a yin yang paired with a pink, black and purple stripe.  Toes stay just as warm in a pink and blue bunny and a white with blue bottom.  I realized that my odd sock basket probably has a couple dozen “pairs” in it.  Matching or not, no one in my house ever needs to go out in the cold with no socks.

It also made me remember that in the process of excavating in my vehicle, I “unearthed” a bag of socks that I’d bought before Christmas to donate to the families we adopted at church.  Having temporarily mis-located them (I do not *lose* things), I bought more and put them in with the rest of the loot to be donated.   Now that they’ve resurfaced, I think I’ll drop them off at the local shelter before they wander off again.

So, if you have the opportunity, means and inclination, consider making a sock donation…most shelters are in need of them year round.

sock tree 2

That’s the third version of the sock tree  – think we can fill it up and start another for 2015?

SpReAd the Love Gives Back Week 5…Oh Porter!

Are you all ever in for a treat this week!!  Our good pal Guylty of the fabulous Guylty Pleasure has made a very special donation to SpReAd the Love Gives Back

a RAPS of your very own...

a RAPS of your very own…

That’s right….it’s a coveted John Porter RAPS (that’s RA Portable Shrine for the uninitiated). 

Porter RAPS (4 of 7)

Just report a kindness given or received and you’ll be entered into a drawing for this beauty – complete with mini disco ball and candles.  (I am soooo bummed about my organizer ineligibility on this one!!)