Holidays Pile Up

Image taken from A New York Minimalist Christmas at WOODS & WEAVES

The Holidays are here once again–Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year–it is the time to relax, enjoy time with the ones you love, and smile at how blessed you are… Or is it?

We’re at material overload and it isn’t fun like it looks in the commercials. We live in a society where families are chronically stressed, tired, and rushed, with our excessive possessions compounding (if not creating) the problems. ~ Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist

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Because My Shopping Reflects Who I Am

I have been a passionate advocate of Fair Trade after working for 9 years with Mapuche weavers in the South of Chile and witnessing first-hand the harsh life and working conditions they face to survive.  But the image I saw today on this link of a couple who lost their lives at one of the worst disasters of sweat shops in Bangladesh shocked the core of my being.  Their embrace is such a symbol of humanity and yet they were working in one of the most inhuman industry existing today – the slavery of sweat shops that provide cheap production to countries like the USA and many others. Continue reading →