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It’s “bashart”

May 27, 2011

The word Bashart is the only way I can describe reading today’s Fur Insider Blog. Bashart is a Yiddish word meaning destined. I must give a little background information to this story. In our house, my husband takes our Bichon’s Charlie and Scally for their last walk before bed. However, if they need a midnight potty break it is mommy to the rescue. Last night, after their final walk, my husband says to me “I am leaving a 2×4 near the door in case you take the dogs out in the night.” I looked at him as if he was from outer space (he’s from England, but the Brits aren’t quite that crazy). He noticed my expression and explained there was a coyote in our yard when he took the dogs out. The coyote didn’t run; they actually had a stare down. I am happy to say both dogs slept through the night. Then this morning I noticed an entry on the Fur Insider Blog called “The-Coyote Question : “Now it’s no surprise that you’ll hear the usual commentary from the anti-fur folks when the issue of trapping coyote comes up. But, have you ever encountered a coyote? This is another case where the species has proliferated and now colonizes major cities across the US, preying on pets and livestock and even hurting small children in their search for food. Just last week a friend of mine in Encino, CA was heading out to meet a friend for dinner and when she opened her back door to let her dog in she found her dog being mauled by a coyote.”

On behalf of Charlie, Scally and myself we hope you will read the rest of the article.

Charlie and Scally taking a rest

Change is in the Air

August 8, 2010

I have been back from vacation for a week and I can tell that everyone is starting to think about the change of season. In the last week I have made lots of changes back to work after a month off…….change from sleeping late and sitting by the pool to getting up early and sitting at my desk. My house was transformed last week with new siding and roof after a storm damaged it. I am luck my house is at the end of a dead-end or I would have driven right by. Truth of the matter is the biggest change in my life was my hair I have been growing it to donate it for the past 3 years. Let me tell you I hated every minute of it. (I donated a kidney to a friend and that was easier) I love wash and wear hair! The long hair look is not for me. But I had promised my niece when she was 10 that I would do it with her. She donated 3 times in the time mine grew for my one and only donation. Thanks to a talented hair stylist, I no longer see my grandmother when I look in the mirror.

What do you think? My next planned change is to get back to regular excercise and regularly blogging. I seem to procrastinate when it comes to these 2 subjects.

In An Instant … Tragedy Strikes!

June 21, 2010

The store engulfed in flames

Last Friday night as I was driving home during a horrendous rain storm, I could see smoke up ahead … and then my cell phone rang and I received devastating news.

The WINGS Resale shop in Palatine was burning to the ground.
You may not know that WINGS is my favorite charity. I have been an active and passionate WINGS volunteer for 20 years. Here’s a description from its website, in case you’re not familiar with the organization:

WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stronger) is a not for profit agency that helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support. We provide safe, secure living environments, through transitional housing and emergency shelter, in residential neighborhoods that allow women to go to school, work, and achieve financial and emotional independence.

WINGS provides an amazing and wonderful service to the community. It has the capacity to provide shelter for 45 women and children fleeing domestic violence in a safe house, and has beds in transitional housing for 120 people in need. This program has helped thousands of women and children – many of which I have met personally during my time as a volunteer.

The Resale shop that I saw go up in flames has been providing the major source of revenue for the WINGS program. Even so, I realize this tragic situation could have been so much worse. We are blessed the building had been evacuated because the storm had caused a power outage – and so no one was hurt. Nevertheless …

The need for help is huge and immediate.

State funding contributes only some 2% of WINGS operating revenues. The WINGS team relies heavily on resale shop sales and on individual and corporate donors. The Palatine Shop – the largest revenue producer of the three WINGS resale shops – had been netting over $500,000 annually – some 14% of the budget.

There has been a great outpouring of support from the community. We’re grateful that people are dropping items at the other resale shops in great numbers. But what WINGS needs immediately is money, so that it can continue serving its population of homeless women and children.

Please help! WINGS needs our money now. Follow this link to donate – and in the place on the form where you can honor someone, enter the words “Susie Says” or “Facebook Friend” so WINGS can see how wonderful the internet community is! And please – if you have items to donate for resale – hold them until WINGS can get another storefront up and running. In the meantime, if you have store fixtures, let me know.

Thanks very much for reading this. Your help means a lot to me.