Obviously I wasn't the only one ,
there are many others : some I met in person, some I met through their blogs:
Juliet has a very neat and generous book giveaway here.
Andrei sent you (all of you that is) a love message ... at the bootom there are little dettachable notes one can gift away .They are stating "I love you (Pay it forward)"
and the poster says:
"I had seen once a poster on the Internet. It was just like this one: telling everybody because certainly there was the wish to hear it again :
I love you.
And your opportunity to give:
One Laptop per Child has its annually Give one, Get One Laptop... The primitive laptop will cost you $399, and it is a great gift for your grade school relations (1), while a twin laptop will be gifted to a child from a developing country. A cool fact for anarchists: the laptops' operating system is Linux. Thus you will promote an open source operating system in a developing market and given each developing market's potential for leapfrogging , you will give a direct blow to Microsoft's monopoly.
Susan (our black eyed Susan) has an Amazon gift list, more details on her blog.
Nu sta deoparte, an initiative that supports the treatment and recovery of Romanian children with Autism, Asperger, PDD and other developmental disorders. It does not have any recent open auctions (I see now that I had neglected them for too long ), but they are still in need of support and translations.
As for one of my special Christmas wishes: does any one know how to say Ranasinghe? I like her poetry more and more so I'd like to be able to pronounce her last name too.
And my gift for you (fragments from Origami by Anne Ranasinghe) :
is written on very fine paper
into small birds
and let them fly down the face of the mountain
and maybe the wind
will carry them back to me
or make an origami boat
set it afloat in the clear cold spring
and maybe the sea
will carry it back to me
PS: (1) given that this a non-profit initiative, customer service is provided by volunteers so please check the Amazon ratings before purchasing and expecting HP level service...
PPS I'd like to keep this gift list open (so please if you want to add to it just drop me a comment)...