Monday, November 17, 2008

An unpaid commercial message

We interrupt this blog for a brief message from she who must be obeyed. . .

Linda asked me to point out that at her church Christmas bazaar she was representing SERRV (http://www.serrv.org/), which is a very worthwhile charitable organization that sells craft items produced by various and sundry poor but talented people around the world.

If you're looking for Christmas gifts you could do a whole lot worse both morally and from the perspective of taste and enjoyment than to go to the SERRV website and buy the hot mango chutney from Swaziland or the fair trade coffee from Guatamela. Additionally you can spend about as much on the super cool hand painted Christmas Tree ornament with stylistic deer and happy little brown people on it as you would on a crass commercial mass produced ornament with insipid snowflakes on it from wherever they mass produce such things these days.

And if you do buy some stuff from SERRV and thus build up some credit in heaven you can gorge and swill at Christmas with much less guilt, as I will.

If not for any of those reasons you should buy from SERRV because by doing so you will also make Linda happy. And we all know from that great old song that "When Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is off topic, but I happened upon this book while browsing through one of Amazon's "Top 100" lists. Initially, it was the title that caught my attention, but it was the description of the book that held my attention.

Based upon your family history and traditions and some of the recipes you have posted, I thought it might be something that you would want to check out.

It's titled, "A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes" by David Tanis. I would have given you the link, but it was so long that it doesn't look like it will display properly once posted.

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Sully said...

Anon,
Thanks - I'll check it out, although we already have so many books that I've been trying to avoid getting more.

Your son said...

The pork roast turned out excellently, full of flavor and falling apart after about 3 hours... Looking forward to the porketta tonight!