Vintage and Handmade for a Cause

August 24th, 2010

Several vintage and handmade merchants have joined forces to raise money for Saving Shelter Pets, Inc. 20% of all proceeds goes to the charity. The fundraiser only lasts for 2 more days, but that’s still plenty of time to snap up some vintage finds. There is not as much menswear as ladieswear, but there are plenty of items for the home, including cufflink boxes, shoe stretchers, kitchen items and more. Even if you don’t take advantage of the promotion, it still gives you a chance to put some new sellers on your favorites list that you know are supportive of good causes and lending others a helping hand. What am I buying? I won’t tell you, because then you’d snap it up first, right? Have fun exploring.

You Can See Dead People With Ghost Whisperer

August 24th, 2010

Thanks for the guest post from our friend Kristofer Bartlett

I was annoyed when Joan of Arcadia, one of my favorite television shows at the time, went off the air, to be replaced with “Ghost Whisperer,” another show with a supernatural theme but a worldview that was much less Christian and more New Agey.

I was determined not to like it, but then I happened upon an episode in which Melinda Gordon, a young antique shop owner who is capable of communicating with the dead, befriends the ghosts of several orphans who were killed in an orphanage fire several decades earlier. Her task was two-fold: to convince the boys to “cross over” and to persuade their onetime companion, now an elderly mogul, not to destroy the building where they still reside.

I found myself so touched by the story that I couldn’t help giving the series a bit of a pass. One thing I had to say for Melinda: she was a lot less angsty than Joan. Played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melinda is a very kind woman who never charges for her psychic services. She also tells very few people what she is capable of doing. Her husband Jim knows, though, and is used to her abilities taking her life in very strange directions.

Now, whenever I catch “Ghost Whisperer” on tv since I had my satellite dish installation, I tune in to see how Melinda will help the ghost of the week.

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