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Janet Day: Encouraging comments in an economic crisis

Taking and Giving. Now seems like an appropriate time to invoke the memorable “All About Eve” line from Betty Davis – “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.” Economically speaking, I mean. It’s ugly out there.

I personally know people who in the past couple months have closed their businesses, lost their jobs, had seemingly secure mortgage loan approvals withdrawn, or lost health insurance. Most talk becomes depressing. But a conversation I had late last week, and continued with other people into this week, reminded me that all is not lost. A grumpy chat about who lost how much in retirement funds turned into a conversation about who’s giving how much to charity.

Those I talked with aren’t rich. We all live fairly frugally in modest homes and work at jobs that pay far less than similar positions in urban areas. But we all give a lot back, donating to agencies that provide anti-malaria mosquito nets and educational opportunities in Africa, food in Asia, micro-loans for businesses in South America, disaster relief along the Gulf Coast and innumerable local organizations that benefit at-risk children, families in poverty, abandoned pets, disabled athletes, the environment and more. Those who can’t give money, donate their time and talents to an extraordinary level. No one indicated they’ll be cutting back on donations ” dining out and shopping, probably, but not giving back. I feel a lot better about the future now.

Verso’s New Vintage. The original economy-and-giving conversation took place at Verso Cellars’ tasting room where the new 2006 Cabernet had just been uncorked. It’s not as rich and luscious as the award-winning 2004, but is still tasty and should age nicely. Stop by the Cooper Creek Square shop on Thursday for the official release of the 2006 and some special sale prices.

Back to Giving Back. If you’re looking for an easy and fun way to give back, head out to the Church of the Eternal Hills on Saturday to do some shopping at the BeadforLife Open House between 10am and 2pm. The jewelry is pretty, fun and affordable.

Bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other items made by women in Uganda will be on sale for $5 to $30 (cash or check only, no credit cards). All of the proceeds are returned to Uganda. Last year’s event was great fun for some early holiday shopping and raised more than $3,400. I won’t give away the secret, but you’ll be surprised to find out what the beads are made from.

Water Woes. Another way to give back to our own community is by staying educated about issues that affect us all. High on the priority list should be the Windy Gap Firming Project, which threatens to take an enormous amount of water out of our already depleted streams to quench Front Range thirst. Kirk Klanke, our own Mr. Water, testified at both the Front Range and Granby public hearings about the project and came home rightfully proud of our citizenry, which showed up at the local hearing in impressive numbers with impressively thoughtful and educated comments. Those who couldn’t attend last week’s public hearing can still provide written comments, but only until Oct. 29. For details, go to http://www.usbr.gov/gp/ecao/ or find a local perspective at http://www.friendsofthefraserriver.org.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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