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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Women's empowerment: Food for thought

"For millennia women have dedicated themselves almost exclusively to the task of nurturing, protecting and caring for the young and the old, striving for the conditions of peace that favour life as a whole. To this can be added the fact that, to the best of my knowledge, no war was ever started by women. But it is women and children who have always suffered most in situations of conflict.

Now that we are gaining control of the primary historical role imposed on us of sustaining life in the context of the home and family, it is time to apply in the arena of the world the wisdom and experience thus gained in activities of peace over so many thousands of years. The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all."
—Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (from keynote address to NGO Forum on Women, Beijing, 1995)

Aung San Suu Kyi has been the democratically elected leader of Burma since 1990. After the election, the ruling military regime put Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, where she remained for most of the next 16 years. In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. She continues to work for the democratization of her country.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Stop in and maybe buy a nice necklace!

We often get asked these very good questions: Where can I buy A Little Something's jewelry and fiber crafts? Do you have a store?

Well, we don't have a store (yet), but we do have sales. Usually, we attend local events such as craft fairs and festivals. In the near future, you can find us at these events. Stop by and say hello!!

Diversity Day Culture Celebration
Thursday, May 15 9-2
Emily Griffith Opportunity School
1250 Welton St., Denver

World Market
Sunday, May 18 11-3
Augustana Lutheran Church
5200 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO

City Park Festival of the Arts
Sunday, July 20 12-6
Ferril Lake/City Park
Denver, CO

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Honor Bestowed Upon Us

(A note to our readers: This post was supposed to run a couple of weeks ago, but our resident blogger was still sick and in too much pain to finish the job--until now.)

This is pretty special, or else I wouldn't be blogging Against Medical Advice (shhh! Don't tell Dr. Brent).

Our friend in jewelry making, Margot Potter, has designated us as a recipient of the Arte y Pico Award. I'm choked up. I have nothing prepared. I don't know what to say. All of us Bead Women here at A Little Something are flattered and delighted by this recognition. Thanks, Margot.

Now, I am going to follow Margot's instructions to the cut-and-paste letter. We will choose our award recipients imminently. Winners, please follow along. Actually, there really are far too many of you out there for us to single out, but we'll do our best.

Here are the rules for the Arte Y Pico Award:

1) Pick 5 blogs who deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also contibutions to the blogging community no matter what language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to the blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him award itself.

4) Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of
Arte y Pico Award blog so everyone will know the origin of this award. It helps a lot if you speak Spanish. (Cut and paste the info into your blog to make things easier).

Capitola Girl A fan and friend whose creative endeavors--stringing beads and stringing thoughts--are definitely noteworthy.
37 Days Patti Digh reminds us to live with intention and to do so as creatively as possible.
creativadoration From a lovely blogger in Montreal, a potpourri of crafts as functional art, plus other things that are difficult to describe.
How I changed the world today This is not technically a blog related to creative pursuits, but Julia will inspire you to touch the world and support the creative endeavors of people around the globe. Fair trade rocks, and if Julia knew us, she'd probably understand exactly what we're trying to do.

OK, we know our list is one blog short, but we woud have rounded it out with Margot's blog had anyone else nominated us. So, feel free to add an extra blog to your list when you create it.

Congratulations on your award, everyone!