Monday, June 16, 2008

Why not start a rescue?

Have you ever stepped back and taken a look at what you are doing and said, "humm, what else?" It is something I probably do too often. Not always in a philanthropic way, for me, but sometimes. This is one of those times. Unfortunately, the Chesterfield show this weekend was quite a drag. There was not even anyone to ignore my cute booth. I at least would prefer for some potential ignorers. So, I sat for a long time thinking about what to do. This is not a reflection on how I feel about the jewelry I am currently making, nor on art in general, but more like I had too much time on my hands to think. It always gets me stirring, and gets me onto other things. I am not sure how many of you know that I started, and did not finish, a masters degree in Social Work at Wash U, here in St. Louis, two years ago. So, there, I tied it all together, that is what I am about to tell you. You know I foster, you know I love art, and now you know that I have a strong desire to work in some sort of social bettering element. So, the story goes that I was sitting alone with my free glass of white wine (the only thing that compensated for the deadness of the show), and all I could think about was opening a wildlife, farm and domestic animal sanctuary. It will be a camp for children, to teach compassion for all living things, a rehabilitation center for the animals. I think a week of animals might not be enough diverse curriculum for an entire week, so it will offer art classes, music classes, yoga, and maybe even an organic gardening lesson or two. I believe that what a lot of our schools are lacking and cannot afford to offer children are most likely some of the most important things that we can give. So, if you were wondering where the "saving the world, one necklace at a time", came in I think I finally nailed it. It is a multi-multi million dollar daunting undertaking, but I am reading a "how to start a non-profit" book, and I am pretty sure that by page 230, I will be an expert, and will have 30 mill sitting on my door step. I will keep you posted. The Doyd has already donated a dollar.

4 comments:

MB Shaw said...

Oh honey, I hate it that Chesterfield sucked. What a total bummer.
The rescue/camp/farm sounds like nirvana...
Hugs,
mb

sweetcheese said...

What a fantastic idea! I am sending all my best wishes your way. :)

Big Cope said...

i love that you dream big.. tell me where to send my dollar..

amy one ill said...

let me know how i can help. we need one of those inspiring brainstorm powerlunches/days when you're here in july.