28 September 2008

September Newsletter: Make Change!

Hey Y’all, Happy Fall
One morning very, very recently, I woke up and realized it was Fall. "Fall?! Already?!" I certainly wasn't ready to give up summer, but I guess the time of year has other ideas-- wind, rain, cooler temperatures, and the hint of change in the leaves.
Change. A small word with many different meanings and I think this time of year is the perfect time to reassess, and do things differently. And different doesn't have to be drastic, but it can definitely be important.

What kind of change are you hoping for?
Personally, I'm hoping that the people of the United States are feeling awake and motivated, because this is the year that we can make change together.
How's that? you ask? By VOTING. So I am pulling this directly from one of my most recent blog posts, but it is that important, it's worth mentioning again.

If you are a US citizen and 18 or older, you really, really need to be registered to vote.
I can't say I'm overly patriotic, but I do generally like living here, and the U.S. needs our support and voices. Does it strike you as odd that in some countries (many in Europe), that the government fears their people? That a simple and strong uprising of voice and opinion can invoke... change? Imagine that!
We live in a democracy. We have that power.

The main problem is that not enough of us are taking advantage of the system we live in. And sure it has its own issues, but ignoring it is not going to make anything better is it? Could even make it worse. I'm urging you not to stand idly by!
Make your voice heard. Stand up for something. Vote for action, for change, for a better future, and a happier now. What issues move you? Health care? Global warming? Sustainability? War in Iraq?
Let's not just focus on what's not right, what should be better, who we like and who we don't. Let's not just stand there. Let's not be all talk and no action. Do something.
You can make change. We can make change. We can change. We can be better and stronger and healthier. And happier.

Voter registration deadlines are coming up as soon as October 4th in some states, so NOW is the time to take action. 
Check the deadlines in your state
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And if you're already registered, take this opportunity to ask your circle of family, friends, and colleagues if they are, and if not, help them get registered.

A few resources:

Vote411 - Everything you ever wanted to know about voting
Rock the Vote - Because voting is cool
VoteGopher - Excellent issue-centric election resource so you can get educated on candidate views
Caucus - New York Times Politics Blog

NEWS FROM AJA  
A Committment to Composting.
I recently adopted the phrase "upping my game" and as a part of that upping, I am committing myself not only to composting my own household scraps, but also the scraps from clients, and other catering jobs as much as possible. Some of the other residents of my building are also into composting and we've discussed getting a vermicomposter, which I hope happens!
I'm also super psyched about the fairly new North Brooklyn Compost Project happening in my neighborhood.
Learn more about composting here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
In Season:
September is Harvest Month! Get the market and chow down on the best of the summer and early fall: yellow cauliflower, apples, pears, summer AND winter squash, broccoli, late berries, hearty greens, and you can still even get melons, nectarines, tomatoes, and peaches. Make the most of and with it!
Cool Recent Blog Posts: Check out Sabrina's Guest Blog on Carbon Footprints and Offsets. 
Things I Made This Summer: Here are a handful of things I made and photographed this summer. The item with the most requests via blog comments will earn a recipe post!
Guest Blogger Opportunities: I’m always looking for interested individuals to write guest blogs for Stem+Leaf about green and
healthy-lifestyle related subjects, from your own perspective. No need to be an experienced writer-- just enthusiastic with something to say!
Please contact me for more information.
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Live your dreams wide awake.

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