The Love146 Blend coffee from Greeley Road Cafe is being featured in a twitter re-tweet contest! @AbolitionistJB will be running the contest on Friday, March 5. For more details visit his blog at http://abolitionistjb.blogspot.com/, and be sure to follow on twitter at http://twitter.com/ABOLITIONISTJB!
The winners from our Facebook contest are Sandra Rogstad and Kori Joyce. Didn’t win this time? Keep an eye out, more contests are on the way!
A true Vermonter can tell you how a snow storm is going to play out. The saying goes, “big snow, little snow; little snow, big snow.” The idea is that if the flakes are big and fluffy, they don’t usually add up to much. But when the snow is tiny it tends to pile up fast.
What about in the fight against human trafficking? Yes, a few big organizations will make a mark… but what if millions of individuals joined them in small ways? How much sooner can we bury human trafficking and make it a thing of the past?
In place of the would-be-winner’s blog entry
Love is one of those poorly defined words that we love to throw around. We call it a feeling. We say it is an action. Some confuse it with attraction, and others affection. Love has been and will be so many different things to so many.
So by now you’re thinking, “why don’t you just tell us what you say it is then?” Fair enough. I will.
Love is a choice.
Seriously? Yes. Seriously. Even people who have never read a Bible in their lives have probably heard part of 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind…” These are action words! Actions are done by choice.
When you boil it all down, all of those other things (affection, attraction, emotion) help us make that choice. For example, I love my wife. Why? The reasons are too numerous (and some just too cheesy) to list here, but one of the biggest reasons is the affection we share for each other. That affection sparked the beginning of my choice to love her, and I show her love through it.
But affection is an emotion that comes and goes. I believe that love is more clear during the times when affection is all but gone, but the choice is still made. The actions still speak love. Hypocrisy you say? Commitment I say.
Now consider our love for victims of exploitation. Are we committed, or do we love based on our emotions at the moment? The choice is ours.
Let’s make it based on compassion.
Let’s make it in spite of our apathy.
Unfortunately, there were no entries to our Vday blog contest. That means if you didn’t enter because you didn’t think your writing was good enough you missed out big time! That’s ok, though, we’ll be running more contests very soon. Keep you eyes open.
A quick note to let you all know there’s a new blog contest going. This time the first 10 entries will get a $5 gift certificate, and the winner gets to choose between coffee and chocolate truffles. More details…
Here is the winning entry from our first blog contest! The writer is Daniel Bacon, and you can find out more about Dan on his blog (where he also posted this entry) whitecapcaptain.blogspot.com.
The Model Beverage
To understand the touch that coffee has had on civilization let me put in writing the résumé for the beverage that dominates the world’s pallet.
First refined in the quiet monasteries of Yemen in Arabia, coffee made her entrance into the world that she would someday have vital influence over, from Arabia, to Europe, to the America’s. Spreading slowly but surely, she would be a transgression to the cults, a crime to nations, and an iron fist in menacing insurgence, in music, the “inspiration” of Bach, in literature, the “restless energy” of Balzac, in philosophy, the “poison” of Voltaire.
Frozen or boiling, Dripped by the English, pressed by the French, or simply covered by her rich cousin cacao theobroma [chocolate] ,coffee’s powerful taste and intense impact on the 21st Century makes her the vice of vicars, and the stimulating swallow of the starving artist.
-Daniel Bacon February 6, 2010
Allen, Stewart Lee. Devil’s cup coffee, the driving force in history. New York, NY: Soho, 1999. Print.
Rhodes, Dr. Ron. Challenge of the Cults and New Religions, The. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001. Print.
“SPRESSO MONDIALE.” Spresso.com. Web. 06 Feb. 2010. http://www.spresso.com/flash/coffeelover.html .