Philanthropy

fighting cancer with a mustache

Oh the mustache, that fun little facial accessory that can simultaneously invoke horror when paired with the right glasses or make your mark as the ultimate hipster.  But the mustache is not as vile as it was once considered.  It seems there was a cultural shift sometime between the glory that was Tom Selleck in the 80’s and the Abercrombie man-boys of the aughts.  But the “mouth-brow” has made a comeback, and has been made particularly prestigious with the invention of Movember.  Movember allows men to showcase their manliness while supporting prostate cancer research.  These dapper-dudes agree to grow a ‘stache for contributions to the cause.  And the hubs drinks enough coffee that he thought he should chip in too.  For those that know him, they know that he is no stranger to facial hair.  Many (many) a men have stopped, stared, and even asked him about the hair protruding from his cheeks and chin.  However, the real estate  just above his perfectly full upper lip and just below that perfectly proportioned button-nose is a bit….thin, in height.  Rather than invoking the spirit of the aforementioned hairy hero (Tom), his looks a bit more like Ron Burgandy. (She says with love!)  But December has arrived and the moo-stache (as we call it), will be no more.  It’s time for winter scruff and then the eventual glorious, just-for-men ad that is his dark, thick, full beard.  But, you can still support the cause by donating here.

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See us both with mustaches here!  And here are a few of my favorite items for bearded dudes.

Threadless + World Vision = Ambrose

One of the great things about being back in Michigan was hanging out with one of my besties.  And one of the many great things she’s involved with is a fantastic organization called Ambrose.  Per their website: Ambrose is a collective of artists, designers, thinkers and makers dedicated to using our talent for good. We organize a free after school program for high school students focusing on creative problem solving, design and entrepreneurship. We make things to support the effort.

I was lucky enough to hang with the Ambrose crew for one of their workshops before we moved (that’s me on the right looking at my camera).  They do lots of other cool things too — like learning about graphic design, architecture, mixed media art, and screen-printing.  In fact it’s their 2nd-shift T-shirt makings that enable the program the continue to be free for any student who wants to participate.  And these are no knock-off Tees either.  One of the contributing designers is Drew Melton — the guy behind The Phraseology Project.  (*Funny note — as soon as I saw the shirt with Ambrose on it, I told the hubs that I thought I saw it on a typography website — The Phraseology Project.  Do I know my designers or what?!)

And if you like their beautifully designed Tee’s you can get one mailed to you every month (oh and you’re helping out with a pretty great cause too)!  It’s a great new project called The Maker’s Dozen.  (See aren’t they clever!)

Go here to learn how it works and then peruse their beautifully redesigned site and then wish that you had an after-school program like this when you were young!!!

the rising sun

I was insanely busy (& productive) this weekend.  I seriously can’t believe just how much I got done.  But all of it seems to pale in comparison to the crisis in Japan.  I really can’t believe the devastation and amazing pictures constantly on the news.  I wish I was able to lend a physical hand, home, or help.  It seems the only thing I can do is donate to any number of organizations.  Good has a nice round-up of opportunities, including purchasing this thoughtful poster (created by Max Erdenberger).  You can purchase one here and 100% of proceeds go towards aiding Japan.

 

 

perspective

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Feeling sad and helpless.  Wishing I had some sort of skill so that I could go and make a tangible difference.  Instead I can give money here, here, or here.  We can all see what the U.S. is doing here.  (Yet again, despite our own bleak financial situation, we are the leader in humanitarian aid and monetary pledges.)  This story deserves more attention than what it has been given.  Where’s the rock concert?  Where’s the 24hr news coverage?  20. million. people.