August 14, 2004

Congratulations, James!

James, the accomplished author of Hobson's Choice and a former Pacific Views alumni, is getting married quite soon. The happy couple have generously suggested that in lieu of a gift, well wishers can also make donations in their name to their favorite charities. That's starting out with class, so here's their list, email notifications can be sent to

Heifer International/The Heifer Foundation - An organization that sends healthy, carefully vetted farm animals to impoverished communities around the world. A gift of livestock can bring better nutrition to families, and also money for housing, school, or even investment in a small business.

UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) - The UNHCR runs a staff of 5,000 working to help refugees in 120 countries. They provide critical aid and provisions for people in war-torn regions, and are active in some of the worst conflict areas in the world.

Doctors Without Borders - This widely respected charity brings medical care to victims of wars, natural disasters, epidemics, and economic blight. The doctors and other aid workers volunteer their time in 80 countries, working with local coordinators in both short and long term projects, as well as speaking out about forgotten suffering when they return home.

Africare - Focused on helping out in Africa, this organization coordinates HIV/AIDS relief efforts with major donors around the world, provides help to refugees like the Sudanese of Darfur, and helps impoverished communities get back on their feet and begin providing for themselves again.

Congratulations, James. Many happy returns.

Posted by natasha at August 14, 2004 01:47 AM | Community | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

Thanks Natasha! It was really great to see you at the wedding. Needless to say, I haven't spent much time online since that delightful night.

Posted by: James R MacLean at August 19, 2004 12:05 AM

Well, thank you for the invite. I had a good time, and I'm very happy for both of you. L seems really sweet, and as I'm sure she must have been told, she was absolutely beautiful.

Now go away. Turn off your computer and, well, just leave it off for a while. Off, I say!

Posted by: natasha at August 19, 2004 12:18 AM