Category Archives: Charity

Lovely Is As Lovely Does

I was not alone in falling in love with these one-of-a-kind huggable monsters made by Jean Mullenaux and had a hard time choosing, but by the end of the day at last weekend’s Ajijic Society of Artists show, nearly all of her loveable creatures had found a home, as is evidenced by these photos of just a few of their new Moms.

At the rate of two per day, she gives birth to each, then sells them and gives all of the proceeds to Operation Feed, a local charity that supports 600 needy citizens of the town I live in—San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico.

Jean is the last person pictured and the picture before hers is the picture of the huggable creature that went home with me, seen decorating one of my tables at the Ajijic Society of Artists show last weekend.  Bless you, Jean, a truly remarkable artist with a more remarkable heart!!! 

For Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge, Week 4

To the Beggar Who Daily Claims the Primo Spot Outside “The” Favorite Grocery Store

To the Beggar Who Daily Claims the Primo Spot Outside “The” Favorite Grocery Store

When it comes to giving charity,
some of us seek clarity
seeking out the verity
of claims of gross austerity
or limits of dexterity.
We notice the disparity
––the sad peculiarity
that sometimes true sincerity
and the gross severity
of ills does not win parity
with those whose regularity
and excessive temerity
win familiarity
and extreme prosperity.

It’s true that popularity
earns more than insularity.
And, indeed, the rarity
of those who in sincerity
beg just when they need charity,
seldom brings them parity.
Begging irregularity
breeds unfamiliarity.
I rue the gross polarity.
So, though I will never be
filling the cup there on your knee,
do not pass judgment upon me.
The coin I haven’t shared with thee
I might give to the next I see.

The Prompt––Unpopular: Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice.