Friday, December 28, 2012


December's full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes..as it falls during the time of year that has short days and looooong nights! 

I was planning to write to everyone today requesting that you to add a few “Acts of Kindness” to your " to do" list. As you know, I usually ask for one little act but I was thinking that we could to do more this month to honor both John and Newtown. I know he would have been moved by this tragedy and would be happy that we were adding some happiness to the world.

I also wanted to suggest that one act this month could be to buy American. I KNOW for a fact that John would like this one. When the band was beginning to get popular they sold a lot of shirts and I remember an endless string of emails discussing the purchase…John was voting for made in America. He wrote a paper his freshman year in college about the Maquiladoras, which are the sweatshops located on the Mexican side of the U.S. border as a direct result of NAFTA. The professor used the research John did on that paper to convince the college to sponsor a group to visit Mexico and observe these factories. John was very passionate about buying American.

In fact, when he was able to be sponsored by a drum company..it was American made Noble and Cooley that he chose…the oldest drum company in America. I know I told you that story and that it was the “happiest day of his life”. I think that he was happy about the drum set and proud that he was using a company that was from his home state..keeping his neighbors employed!

John didn’t have to be told how important it was to buy American..he just knew it. He was way ahead of his time on this concept…as he was with many ideas. And that is why I know he would be so happy about this months blog..26 little acts of kindness and at least one of them to keep your friend working…it would make his day! I think he would be happy if you were from another country and bought an item from that country too...he just liked to keep people working for a decent wage.

Good luck and I would love to know what everyone did…here is the link to Ann Curry’s website that may inspire you..because in the end…we are all in this world together.
https://www.facebook.com/26acts

2 comments:

JenPB said...

What a fantastic way to remember your son.

In 2008, my then-8 and -6-year-olds and I strove to perform a random act of kindness every single day for the year. It was fun watching them come up with ideas, contribute to projects, grow more compassionate. Though we've carried on to some extent since then, that was the year we wrote about our daily efforts. I think it's time to return to sharing ideas - so many people are looking for them. Contributing to communities doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. In fact, if each and everyone one of us acted charitably toward the people we meet every day, imagine what a wonderful world this could become. The blog: http://charitabledeeds.blogspot.com/2008/12/year-of-living-charitably.html

Thanks for providing me some new ideas as we continue supporting our communities.

John Ryan's Mom said...

I love this idea! I have twin grandchildren and will be following your blog as they grow...this is the perfect way to introduce them to the values that their uncle possessed! Thanks so much for sharing!!