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December 2011 (104 posts)
Approximately 285 million people around the world are visually impaired, and over 90 percent of them live in developing countries with limited access to basic vision care, reports Vision 2020. These three eyeglass companies set out to help those in need see a brighter future. From top:
Go glamorous and retro with this subtle cat-eye shape that doesn't look overly costumey. For every pair sold, eyeglasses will be donated to a person in need through the Shauns Shades Buy One Give Sight program.
Polarized lenses in these two-tone frames reduce glare when you're behind the wheel or attempting to read a book poolside. Even better, with every purchase a pair of prescription glasses will be delivered to someone less fortunate through Contego's work with RestoringVision.org.
Protect the delicate area around your eyes from sun damage with these oversize tortoise frames and give the gift of sight to someone else. Tom's started its One for One (one person buys, and one person is helped) program with shoes and has delivered over a million pairs to children worldwide. Now the company is partnering with the Seva Foundation to provide prescription glasses, medical treatment and eye surgery in countries like Nepal, Tibet and Cambodia.
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What if you were locked in your body, without a way to communicate with the world around you? What would be your first words after being “unlocked”? This is what Kate Winslet asked some of her famous friends, from Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep to Ricky Gervais, including their responses along with self-portraits with the hat in question in her new book, The Golden Hat. The book, a moving attempt to raise awareness for autism, was inspired by Winslet’s work narrating a documentary about a mother seeking help for her non-verbal autistic son.
I can’t get through the documentary trailer without getting weepy. The documentary focuses on Margret, a mother who embarks on a quest to get help for her 11-year-old son – she’s not even sure he understands what’s happening around him, or what is going on in his head. What these families go through, having kids they can’t communicate with – what the kids go through, unable to interact with the people around them! The thought of not being able to communicate makes me immediately, dramatically uncomfortable, maddeningly squirmy in my own skin. I’m sure that my first words after being “unlocked” would be, “Thank you.”
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Baking rules a pro says you can ignore
5 common cake and cookie pitfalls
Sick of the same old seasonal holidays? This year, try "Festivus, for the rest of us," and nine other fictional holidays you can actually celebrate.
Bring someone coffee. Put a coin in an expired meter. Say "I love you." 35 easy acts of kindness to brighten someone's day.
Waste some time the literary way, with these hilarious novel pictograms.
A great gift for urban Winnie-the-Poohs: the gorgeous beehive designed to go inside apartments.
The Life-Lifter: A family whose son was helped by Make-a-Wish foundation gathers 13,179 letters to Santa to raise money for others.
1. Keep It Seasonal
An iced tea-lemonade punch is terrific in July, but December calls for ingredients such as citrus, apple brandy and warm baking spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. And now's the time to serve heartier punches (think ones that include egg nog).
2. Watch the Booze
One of the most common mistakes Searing sees is too-strong punch (even if part of the drink's appeal is its potency). Either follow a recipe to make sure you don't over-spike, or adhere to this rule of thumb: Each 5-ounce serving (the standard size for the cups that accompany most bowls) should contain about 1 and a half ounces of an 80-proof spirit (most vodka, gin, whiskey and rum fall into this category).
Maybe we felt this way because we weren’t, exactly. When we
left the office building, we’d discuss work issues--and bring up off-topic ideas, trade workplace
gossip, wonder aloud about ideas that we were afraid were a little too
off-kilter to bring up in a company-wide meeting but that we wanted to bounce
off each other. According to Fast Company’s Kevin Purdy, we may just have been
doing some of our best work of all, there over our skim lattes.
Finally, a budget gifts guide that's really, really budget: The top five gifts under five cents.
A lesson in tolerance for Afghanistan, from Elmo.
They only look tough: Harley riders reach out to help kids in need.
"You're making the face." Relationship therapy in adorable form.
Rock this year's cookie exchange with seven no-fail recipes.
The Life-Lifter: How two homeless teens went from living in a car to sparking their community to action—and received an unexpected, life-changing gift as a result.