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Remembering ...

November 11, 2014

Today is the day around the globe we take time out to Remember, especially this 100th year since the end of World War 1.

In the UK a massive art installation of poppies at the Tower of London does what art does best - brings shared human emotion to life and reveals a path through each...

It's cold! At least on this part of the planet - SO, it's on with the warm layers, hot drinks and getting into ... a cardboard box for the night. Yes ... a cardboard box - and no, I'm not crazy.

Saturday night a few of us spent the night feeling just a very little of how millions of homeless people feel every night. We did it safe in the knowledge it was for one night only with a hot shower and good breakfast in store; there was a buzz of excitement you'd definitely not experience on the street.

Imagining ourselves into such a vulnerable place evoked feelings of loneliness, fear, wanting to cry, feeling unloved...

Well, you can't win 'em ALL the time right? RIGHT! But even when business is slow there's a boatload of fun to be had somewhere like the Green Festival. Since a few other vendors were feeling the same we had our own party going - even a little dancing in the aisles! - Thanks Ishi and Glass...

Fair Trade Halloween Kit... what a chore!!!

Of course if you're in the US Trick or Treat season is fast approaching so here's the link to your Fair Trade Halloween Kit. These run out quickly so be sure and order fast. 150 little chocolate minis (dark or milk) + 150 info cards to give out all for just $24.

... and more!

On the

Green FestivalYeah, we're on our way! Will you join us?

The Green Festival is an annual celebration of all that's Green & Good in the US and, for the first time, Motif will be at the Chicago event this month, October 24th, 25th and 26th at Navy Pier. We're excited!

Really, will you join us?


... and yes, I do mean everything ... even the intimate stuff!

But first, I found this wonderful blog about the amazing women at Amani ya Juu (Peace from Above) and some of the beautiful pieces they create. What makes this blog particularly cool is that everything they stitch, weave and more, is shown in the context of a wedding plan.

With a number of good friends now planning their weddings for next spring/summer, this is a simple enough principle for anyone looking to fair trade any event. Thinking of stationery,

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