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Tiffany & Ink is now Tiffany Ink

Hello Friends!

I’m here to direct you to a new blog of mine. But first, Tiffany & Ink is now Tiffany Ink! I still have to work on a web site, but at least I have a blog, which replaces this one.

Beginning Monday, November 21, 2011, I’ll once again be sharing what’s happening at Tiffany Ink.

If you have this page bookmarked, please update the link to:

http://tiffanyink.wordpress.com

And again, Tiffany & Ink is now known as Tiffany Ink.

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IHS #13 in the Country!!

Newsweek Magazine came out with a list this summer of the top 20 high schools in the country.

My high school alma mater, Interlake High School, is # 13. Wow! Congratulations IHS!!! Go Saints!!! I’m not sure what it would have ranked when I attended back in the day, but it’s wonderful to hear how well they’re doing today.

Hmmm…maybe this news will get my siblings and some of my old friends to move back home. I know if my child was high school age I’d consider saying, “Move on over, Mom, I’m comin’ home!”

If you care about schools and education go see this movie, Waiting for Superman.

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The Cove in Taiji, Japan

I had the chance to watch the Oscar Award Winning Documentary, The Cove. It was so powerful and eye opening. I fully understand why it won the Oscar.

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Please watch The Cove, everyone. When you’re done, watch the series Blood Dolphin on Animal Planet.

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It’s amazing how a place in Taiji, Japan can appear so peaceful…

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…yet so much evil comes from Taiji.

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And now we know the evil is spread to other responsible parties like Sea World & resorts where you can swim with dolphins.

Now the film is being censored in Japan in some theaters. Please take the first step in action and watch this film. The extended movie trailer is below. Just a side note, I chose to show the clip with Japanese subtitles as I do have some Japanese viewers of my blog and news is slowly coming forth there about what takes place in the Taiji Cove.

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Congo News Story Link

As promised in my last post, here is the link to the piece I spoke of below about the Congo.

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Women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Did you catch this episode tonight? If not, I will have a direct link up on my next post to the story once it’s available online.

A woman from Portland, Oregon bringing awareness to an important cause in the Congo. The war is still very much happening in the DRC. More than ever, women are suffering with rape, torture, murder, unspeakable acts and threats that happen every single day. Men, the good men there, face very similar acts if they don’t join one of the various militias and allow their sons to be ripped from the hands of their mother’s, never to know what will become of them. Yet I know, without a doubt, women will be the ones to change things there. They are the most incredible women.

Salome, who I consider a friend (I’ll keep her last name and details private for her protection), is one of the most incredible women I know. Salome lives in the Congo. It’s difficult for me to put into words her day to day life. I think it’s difficult for any of us to imagine it unless we’ve lived it before. When I get her letters I am constantly humbled and reminded not to take anything in this modern world that I live in for granted. My friendship with Salome is very important to me and I wish I could do so much more for her, her children and her husband.

There are many ways and organizations you can get involved in to help. I’ll leave that up to you to decide which is right for you should you choose to help in such ways. Hopefully Lisa Shannon’s story and her actions will educate and inspire others to get involved with the women of the DRC and hope for change.

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Urban Craft Uprising Summer 2010

Remember this post? Well it’s that time of year again. Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising Event.

Very similar to the famous Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco, Brooklyn, L.A. and Chicago. It should not be missed.

I love local art and design and supporting local artists. This is the place to see what’s hot in the handmade world right now. And when I say handmade, you will not believe your eyes at some of the creations at this event.

Kari Chapin will be available to sign her book, The Handmade Marketplace, each day from 12pm – 4pm. I’m definitely getting that.

I have a long list of vendors to at least stop and look at. Here they are:

If you’d like to see the full list of vendors before you go click here.

So get your gift giving lists together, and remember it’s never too early to plan for the winter holidays.

After all that shopping I’m sure you’ll be hungry. Just around the corner, near the Experience Music Project, Seattle is hosting a Mobile Chowdown on Saturday, July 10th beginning at 11:00am. Some of the best street eats from Seattle & Portland will be there.

Oh! And in case you think the heat will keep you away, think again. The exhibition hall is air conditioned and there’s a vendor selling ice cream! Mmmm!

Also, don’t forget to watch the World Cup Sunday, 11:30am PDT on ABC. With the way Germany had been playing, I was really thinking they were going to be in the finals. Let’s hope they can take 3rd. I know I should be cheering on Spain in the final match, that’s what my sister would want anyway, but The Netherlands have been on fire!

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Moving Earth & Black Wave

This morning around 5:30am I was partially awake, trying to get back to sleep when I felt the earth move. A 3.4 earthquake, folks, centered a few miles south of where I live here in Duvall, Washington. It shook the bed a little and didn’t last long. If I had been asleep I doubt I would have woken up at all.

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Even Kosmo, my dog, stayed fast asleep, which is unusual. Trust me, if he had felt it he would have been, “Oh! What’s that?!I must go outside to inspect and protect my master!” He’s a funny dog, even when we have heavy windstorms and thunder he’s not afraid, he’s gotta go out, run around and inspect things.

A few days ago, early in the morning, I watched a documentary on CBC, the Canadian Network, called Black Wave, which is about the Exxon Valdez tragedy.

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It’s eye opening. The entire time I could not get my mind off what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill right now with BP. It really does worry me, especially when you hear news reports that this looks worse than the Exxon Valdez, which is considered the worst environmental catastrophe in North America.

I worry for the wildlife, the ecosystem, but I really worry for the wonderful people of the area affected, especially after watching Black Wave. Originally Exxon was ordered to pay $5 billion dollars in punitive damages to those effected by the 1989 spill. For 14 years Exxon appealed and appealed and appealed finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. In my opinion, their decision was a disservice to the people of Alaska, to fishermen, to wildlife, to Mother Earth. In June 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court set punitive damages at $507.5 million! Yes, that’s million with an “M”.

In 2007, one year before the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Exxon Mobil made $40.6 billion. In 1988, one year before the spill, Exxon was the second top profiting U.S. company. Exxon studies claim the area is healthy and thriving. Numerous independent studies show environmental damage proving the region has not fully recovered.

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As you can see, you don’t have to be a scientist conducting an official study to see oil all over your hand when you stick it in the waters along the shore of Prince William Sound.

And this is why I worry so much about the current mess we’re in in the Gulf of Mexico in addition to regulations set on off shore drilling. Today it was reported the oil is getting darker, which probably means there’s more oil gushing out into the ocean and less gas. Sometimes it feels like oil is just more trouble than it’s worth. Louisiana and the region have been through so much already.

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I highly encourage you to watch Black Wave, which is out on DVD, and do all you can so history won’t repeat itself. To check out the official website for the documentary click here.

I wonder if this morning’s quake was the earths way of saying she’s just a little pissed off right now.

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