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So there lots of days signifying something or other. Here in America, our national day of thanks is followed by a national day of greedy consumeristic materialism.

We’re bipolar that way.

Or at the very least, we are, as a nation, highly adept at compartmentalizing. Listen: I’m all for a good deal, and of faithfully stewarding the resources entrusted to me.

But Black Friday is ridiculous.

And in reactionary backlash (another thing we Americans are quite adept at: lashing back), we now have Small Business Saturday, which is quickly followed by Cyber Monday (wherein you suddenly realize those mall Uggs you thought were such a good deal at $150 you could have gotten for $100 if only you’d waited to buy them online. The good news: the Uggs are still ugly. Bad news: your wallet is $50 lighter).

Cyber Monday is of course now followed by Generous Tuesday. Which seems ridiculous, and again reactionary, right?

Shouldn’t we be thankful, like, I don’t know–everyday?

I think so.

In the spirit of being thankful, perhaps it’s high time to give back? Yes, there are many struggling, many out of work, here in America. But by-and-large, we here are highly blessed by God’s largesse.

I have a great deal for you:

How about helping some folks way less fortunate than you gain access to the most essential commodity? No, it’s not stuff.

It’s clean drinking water.

Earlier this month, I joined with an august

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group of men (and women) (and then shut down my blog to work on NaNoWrimo–I’m douchey that way) united with a single purpose:

To raise $1,000 to provide clean drinking water. We are nearing the end of the month, and are currently $250 short of our goal.

Please visit the Bearded Bloggers site to make your donation. Any amount helps. And 100% of your donation directly funds clean water projects in developing nations.

Please help us finish strong.

As Bartles & Jaymes used to say:

“Thank-you for your support!”

The scriptures say “if you, being evil, know how to give good gifts…” And it’s true–we do. We know how to give very good gifts. We work hard to do so. We drive hither and yon to find just that right special something for that special someone.

And then we have the rug pulled right out from under us.
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