Goatview Farm - The Saint Report


November 28
Buy Nothing Day

Hauling our turkey-bloated bodies out to the mall on the day after Thanksgiving to buy Christmas presents no one needs at a price no one can afford for relatives no one even likes is as American as lard-encrusted refined-sugar-soaked Alar-sprayed apple pie. And just as good for us.

AdBusters, a self-described "global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age," requests, for the 12th year, that you forego this gluttonous rampage and purchase absolutely nothing for the next 24 hours. I know that this is a frightening request, but if I can do it, you can do it.

Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Stephen the Younger, Saint Simeon Metaphrastes, Saint James of the Marches, Saint Joseph Pignatelli, and Saint Catherine Laboure.
Randy Newman celebrates his birthday today (1943, New Orleans) as does Ed Harris (1950, Englewood, NJ).

One of my personal life challenges is to still the demons of acquisition that live in my soul. Sometimes I think I was a crow in a former life; I am attracted to stuff. I tend to clutter and collect. I must say that I have improved in this area, but the flaw is still there.




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Marilyn Jones 2000-2008