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How to give back on Thanksgiving:

With 13% of American households experiencing food insecurity — that’s 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children with lack of access to nutritious food — we can’t forget that the Thanksgiving season can be tough for those who struggle regularly to put food on the table. For those in a position to share the Thanksgiving spread, plenty of organizations are eager for your donations.

Find your local food bank - Perhaps the easiest way to donate food for a family’s Thanksgiving feast is to locate your local food bank and contribute nonperishables, or whatever they’re specifically in need of. Start a school or office can drive or have friends and family bring a nonperishable food item to your next gathering in order to collect food to donate.

Sponsor a family meal -Help a family in need create a Thanksgiving meal by working with the nonprofit Family to Family. There are options for all levels of food donations, from donating money online to creating a local group to shop or give grocery gift cards to a neighborhood family.

Donate milk - While cartons of milk are difficult to donate in-person, The Great American Milk Drive allows you to donate as little as $5 to provide milk to a child in need. The donation works by providing vouchers to families so that they can get fresh milk at grocery stores.

Donate a Blue Apron meal - Join Blue Apron’s Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Drive to help donate 125,000 meals to families in need this Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving meal box costs $60 and feeds six.

Start a virtual food drive - The Food Bank for New York City offers a digital food drive in which every dollar donated provides five meals to New Yorkers in need. Individuals and groups can create their own campaigns and share with your social networks or holiday guests in order to raise funds.

Make food purchases that give back - During the holiday season, many big food brands and supermarkets partner with charities to provide holiday meals. Look for special promotions at your local store or brands like French’s, General Mills and Kellogg which have all pledged to donate a small percentage of proceeds to help feed hungry Americans.

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I respect the fuck out of Solange for this and I suggest any black person who has access to these services does the same and support black businesses!


Did you know we have over 21 Black-owned banks in the U.S? In 2013, HBCU Money published a list of Black-owned banks and credit unions. In light of our country’s recent tragedies, here’s what they found and what you should learn. Let’s wake up and realize where we should really be putting our hard working dollars.


Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Founded: January 28, 2000
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $35 404 000


Location: Los Angeles, California
Founded: February 26, 1947
FDIC Region: San Francisco
Assets: $385 055 000

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: October 3, 1994
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $294 572 000


Location: Savannah, Georgia
Founded: January 1, 1927
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $41 573 000


Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Founded: June 18, 1921
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $392 286 000


Location: Newark, New Jersey
Founded: June 11, 1973
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $340 301 000


Location: Mobile, Alabama
Founded: February 19, 1976
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $63 244 000


Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: June 20, 1977
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $59 842 000


Location: Detroit, Michigan
Founded: May 14, 1970
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $215 924 000


Location: Danville, Virginia

Founded: September 08, 1919
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $38 882 000


Location:Tuskegee, Alabama
Founded: October 11, 1991
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $63 127 000


Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: November 09, 1970
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $84 948 000


Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: January 01, 1934
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $140 148 000


Location: Washington, DC
Founded: August 18, 1934
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $342 524 000


Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Founded: November 16, 1972
FDIC Region: Dallas
Assets: $545 019 000


Location: Durham, North Carolina
Founded: March 01, 1908
FDIC Region: Atlanta
Assets: $304 809 000


Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Founded: February 12, 1971
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $91 490 000


Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Founded: August 02, 1982
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $590 624 000


Location: Chicago, Illinois
Founded: January 02, 1965
FDIC Region: Chicago
Assets: $573 168 000


Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founded: March 23, 1992
FDIC Region: New York
Assets: $67 930 000


Location: Houston, Texas
Founded: August 01, 1985
FDIC Region: Dallas
Assets: $68 125 000

Source: FDIC

If there aren’t any Black-owned banks near you, you can support Black-owned businesses both online and in person. Black Exchange (formerly Afro-Arts) has hipped me to so many Black-owned businesses. It was through them that I found Philadelphia Printworks which makes a dope James Baldwin sweatshirt that I practically live in. I also found Belle Butters through them and it has my natural hair flourishing.

If you’re on the go and want to see what Black-owned businesses are near you, download WhereU. The app is a directory of local Black-Owned Businesses and has information for the United States, the UK, France, and Canada! It’s user-based so you can add any Black-owned businesses you haven’t seen on the app!”

Saarburg (population ~ 6,700) is a city of the Trier district in the Rheinland-Pfalz in Southwestern Germany right on the border with Luxemburg and France. It’s located on the banks of the Saar river in the hilly country just upstream from its junction with the Mosel. The area is noted for the cultivation of Riesling grapes. The history of the city begins with the construction of the now-ruined castle by Graf Siegfried of Luxembourg in 964. It received its town charter in 1291. The city has a bell foundry, the Glockengießerei Mabilion, which has been in operation since the 1770s, and as of 2003 the only one left in Germany that makes bronze bells. From 1945 to 1948 Saarburg was occupied by troops from Luxembourg. From 1946 to 1947 Onsdorf, in its then municipal boundary, formed part of the Saar Protectorate. French troops complemented the occupation until 1955.

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace, in Russian Зи́мний дворе́ц, was the main residence of the Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917. Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1786 doors, 1945 windows and 1057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public. It was built between 1754 and 1762 for Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Unfortunately, Elizabeth died before the completion and only Catherine the Great and her successors were able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors of the palace. Many of its impressive interiors have been remodelled since then, particularly after 1837, when a huge fire destroyed most of the building. Today the Winter Palace, together with four more buildings arranged side by side along the river embankment, houses the extensive collections of the Hermitage. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world.


Sing Sing Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison in the village of Ossining, New York. It is located about 30 miles north of New York City on the east bank of the Hudson River. The name comes from the Native American words “Sint Sinck” which roughly translates to “Stone upon stone.” Construction for the prison began in 1824 and concluded in 1826. In 1914, Thomas Mott Osborne was appointed as the new warden, and he began his brief tenure there by disguising himself as an inmate for one week to experience conditions in the prison from the perspective of an inmate. He later went on to become a major reformer of prisons. A total of 614 men and women were executed by way of the electric chair, or “Old Sparky”, before the abolition of the death penalty in New York State in 1972. Today, Sing Sing houses about 2000 inmates and receives 5000 visitors each month. The expression of sending someone “Up the river” refers to criminals who were sentenced to a prison term in New York City who were then literally sent up the Hudson river to Sing Sing prison.

Signs as Words of Nature

Aries: Vernal :: “Relates to or occurs in the Spring, i.e., vernal pool is a temporary body of water usually created in the Spring from runoff. It dries up as the weather gets hotter.”

Taurus: Canopies :: “The highest layer of foliage provided by trees and shrubs in forests and woodlands”

Gemini: Arête :: “A sharp-edged mountain ridge, often between two glacier-carved corries.”

Cancer: Riparian :: “Related to, or having a location on the banks of a natural course of water such as a river or stream.”

Leo: Malpais :: “Land having an underlayer of basaltic lava and little or no soil, or the rough surface of a congealed lava stream.”

Virgo: Herbaceous :: “A green plant that is distinguished from woody plants by being leaflike in appearance and texture”

Libra: Rionnach maoimmeans :: “A Gaelic word referring to the shadows cast on the moorland by clouds moving across the sky on a bright and windy day.”

Scorpio: Detritus :: “Organic waste material produced by the decomposition of dead plants and animals.”

Sagittarius: Moonglade :: “The trace of moonlight on water.”

Capricorn: Boreal :: “Typically the northern region of North America characterized by long harsh winters and short summers. The Boreal Forest, an extensive band of coniferous trees, stretches across the northern latitude of North American and Eurasia.”

Aquarius: Alpenglow :: “A rosy glow that suffuses snow-covered mountain peaks at dawn or dusk on a clear day.”

Pisces: Estuary :: “The point at which a river meets the sea; where salt water and fresh water mix.”


Scenery on a hot high-summer day in Park Muskau, Bad Muskau, Saxony, and Park Mużakowski, Łęknica, Poland

Due to the reorganization of Europe after world war II., the formerly German territories east of the rivers Neiße and Oder are now Polish. This means that the park of Muskau, located on both banks of the river Neiße is binational. Fortunately, the Schengen agreement has abolished all travel restrictions between the two states and visiting both parts of the park is no longer a problem.


The Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) is a minimum and medium security prison for men, located just off the bank of the Columbia River in Umatilla, Oregon. The 280 acre facility was completed in March of 2000, with an inmate population of 1,900. The majority of inmates in medium security do their time in self-contained units, and do not move within the facility. Instead of serving meals in a chow hall, meals are delivered to individual units on warming trays. Cell blocks receive indirect sunlight, and the concrete walls surrounding the outdoor area are so high that there is no view of the horizon. Inmates in the minimum security “incentive yard” are housed in a dormitory type setting, with a large open air recreation yard that allows them to see across Lake Wallula and the rolling hillsides of southeastern Washington through a chain link fence.

Hello everyone! I have good news and bad news ;;>_<;; The good news: the production of the cyclops kitties sets are right on schedule! Their international release *is* moving forward!
The bad news…at the 11th hour, I run into Paypal verification issues. It seems that Paypal and banks in my country are not as seamlessly connected as they are elsewhere orz.
Happily, I’ve located Chinese-language customer support, and my bank is aware and working with me and Paypal towards solving these issues. Whew!
Originally I’d planned to start taking orders on them *this* month. But this may push things back a tiny, tiny bit. I’m so sorry! Aaah, but I’m so close, soooo close!!!!!!!