Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the causes out there?

Don’t eat it if it’s not organic; don’t buy it if it’s not locally grown. Recycle, reuse. Don’t waste water. Fight the oil industry by driving eco-friendly cars, or by riding a bike. Don’t buy clothing from Target, Wal-Mart, H&M, Forever 21, Gap, Old Navy, Nike, Lacoste, Donna Karan, or pretty much any other name brand ever invented. They use sweatshops and child labor. Hey – there’s always American Apparel! But should we really support those ad campaigns with the anorexic, coked up-looking models who are most likely underage? You’re dirt poor but still need furniture, eh? Don’t buy it from IKEA. Don’t drink coffee or eat chocolate unless it’s Fair Trade. Don’t shop from Trader Joe’s or eat at Chipotle; they mistreat farm workers. Your computer died and you need another one? Tough luck, there’s no such thing as an ethically manufactured laptop. 

It's always something: the healthcare debacle, our earth’s dwindling resources, global warming, climate change, blood diamonds, human trafficking, hydraulic fracturing, rape, war, poverty – makes your head swim, doesn’t it?

Most of us care deeply about ALL of these issues, but sometimes you have to pick your battles. And that’s what we’d like you to do for the month of March here at The Veillee. Please pick a cause that’s near to your heart, and help us understand it on a deeper, more personal level. Give us more than a hastily shared link on Facebook. If you write it, we’ll read it with the seriousness and attention it deserves. Whether it’s through fiction, non-fiction or poetry, give us something that we can tuck away and use as ammunition during our weak moments. It’s so easy to turn off and tune out. Help us remember why we must not let our guard down.

Please submit material to veilleesubmissions@gmail.com.


  1. Wow you definitely touched my heart with this post. I used to be *so* strict with my diet, what I bought, etc... Due to some major life transitions I've had to "regress" so to speak, as our financial situation (my partner's job) has changed.

    Due to this "regressing" I can feel the toll it has taken on my body, not to mention the emotional guilt from not having the ability to be so selective in my purchases. I try to do the best I can with our limited resources.

    I must say that through all of this, it has taught me a greater understanding of compassion. I have learned not to judge. There is an old saying "Don't judge a person unless you have walked a mile in their shoes". Well I've learned this in spades.

    With that said, I'm very excited about something. As a result of the economy, etc... Some of our neighbors have started a yard-share program. They have about 50 acres of clean land that's been given to them for farm use. They are rounding up volunteers to participate in growing vegetables for the community. It's all going to be free and trade based. I'm SUPER excited about this, as I have not been able to garden for some time now.

    I've learned that for me, gardening is like therapy, even after a long day's work. It grounds me and soothes my soul through connecting with the earth. I have seriously cried and prayed for this.

    They have received donations of heirloom seeds, etc. It's really a beautiful thing, and it's just the BEGINNING of a much bigger plan for the members of the community to be totally self-sufficient.

    So the topic that's close to my heart is "Yard Sharing". A couple of years ago when I found this site, I was elated, as I had never heard of such a thing! http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/.

    So it's like that saying, Be the change you wish to see in the world! :)

    ::hugs:: Sü

    1. Hi Sü,

      Thanks so much for your incredibly thoughtful and heartfelt comment. This is the sort of thing we want folks to share!

      Your honesty is inspiring and the enthusiasm you have for "Yard Sharing" is infectious. What a wonderful thing to be passionate about! I hope that you'll share more with us as your involvement in this project grows.

      Again, thank you for sharing!

    2. I second that! I really enjoyed reading your comment, Sü. Looking forward to hearing more from you, thanks for stopping by!

      ::hugs:: right back!


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