Category Archives: Charity

Ladies? Did you buy a SmartTrip card on Saturday, and you didn’t use it?

screenshot-2017-01-22-17-24-36Martha’s Table could use it.


To send you on your weekend:

This makes me so happy. I was going to say “proud to be an American,” but this is from Halifax, and here’s why these crazy guys were dancing out in the sow with t-shirts on.

Sickened and saddened by the events in Aleppo?

160822-aleppo-0302_f99cf07c0972e0b6131bd2989932a1b0-nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Here are some charities (and here are some more) that are doing decent work there. I have not vetted them any more than you can, yourself.

But Jaysus.

Some good things can come from a bad election.

screenshot-2016-12-10-20-29-25I wrote this for Mother Courant.

Today is #GivingTuesday

giving-tuesday-logoDo you have a favorite charity? Today, I have three and each will receive a small but meaningful donation from me.

I’m not saying that to brag (because that would be unChristian to brag). I’m saying that just by way of encouragement.

We don’t give much to charity in Puritan New England

who-are-the-pilgrims_23b0eff7-1257-44f4-a1bc-c0de94af4159This is the first of a series of columns I’m writing for the New England News Collaborative. Enjoy.

The reductive seduction of other people’s problems

downloadChris B. shared this, an interesting essay in how we look at other cultures and other people and their seemingly uncomplicated lives. From the essay:

If you’re young, privileged, and interested in creating a life of meaning, of course you’d be attracted to solving problems that seem urgent and readily solvable. Of course you’d want to apply for prestigious fellowships that mark you as an ambitious altruist among your peers. Of course you’d want to fly on planes to exotic locations with, importantly, exotic problems.

Which is not to discourage voluntourism or people traveling to perform good works, but…