P.I.C. (Product Information Corner): Organic Socks from 10,000 villages. Help to save cats & dogs.

Last fall I noticed the 10,000 Villages* store in a new location from where it had been before. I stopped in and purchased a pair of socks with cats, with a portion being donated to help animal shelters. I posted  the info on my site, but my next socks purchase showed that they are made with 75% organic cotton, so I wanted to give the socks another boost.

But before I rave about the socks, I want to highlight what the back of the paper mini-shopping bag from 10,000 Villages states:

“my handcrafted ethically sourced, fair trade, eco-friendly, innovative, impactful, perfect in its imperfections, not factory made, people and planet lovin’ global community thriving, creativity sparkling, makes me wanna dream big dreams and read small words and know I did something empowering for myself and others today, irresistible, gift worthy____ is in here.” (Person can fill in the blank with item name.)

The words on the bottom of the bag are: This recyclable bag is made from 100% recycled fiber with a minimum of 95% post-consumer content and is printed with a water-based ink through a process that fully respects and safeguards the environment.

My socks are incredibly comfortable and I never realized how important a well-fitting and good-feeling sock could be, so I went back recently to purchase two more pairs, one regular ankle sock style and one (shorter) sports sock for sneakers:

On the backs of each of the cardboard and string that hold the socks is this message:

“Your purchase today helps save the lives of million of dogs (one pair) and millions of cats (another pair) that enter shelters across the US each year. Each sale of this pair donates $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, strengthening their mission of saving animals and helping pets find their forever home.”

Underneath are two symbols that indicate that:
1) all the cotton is Fairtrade Certified with a website: www.info.fairtrade.net  
2) the socks are made with 75% organic materials certified by OneCert. One-3199.

(Website for socks: www.consciousstep.com)

I am not sure if it is the organic cotton that makes them so comfy, but I am planning to buy more of these socks in the near future and donate my well-worn “normal” socks to Green Drop recycling center, because now that I know how great these socks feel, I’m spoiled!!

P.S. I just Googled www.consciousstep.com and see that they carry giraffe- patterned socks and that my purchase will help protect them. That’s what I will buy next. I am a giraffe freak!

*From Wikipedia: Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries.

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

NOTE: I have been focusing on novels this summer because I want to get back to my own novel-in-the-works. I picked out this book at random from our condo library to find that it takes place in our “neighborhood” and also down the shore where many people from Philadelphia go, in and around Atlantic City. The book was even more enjoyable because of the bonus of reading about areas I am familiar with.

This is my first book to read by Jamie Brenner, taken from our condo library shelf at random. We meet the main character, Lauren, who is a very young widow (early twenties) following the death of her young husband, a well-revered athlete who decides to join the armed services and is subsequently killed.

Jamie has “sequestered” herself in the family’s summer home in Longport, NJ (near Atlantic City) working as a waitress, forgoing here desire to be a journalist, and keeping a very low profile. When her husband’s life is to be made into a film, produced by a young man who has been investigating the relationship between head injuries from sports and subsequent medical and mental problems (PTSD), Laurie begins to react strongly.

She has been working for four years, keeping a very low profile, because she does not want to be interviewed or involved in the life she had with her husband before he went into the service. As one of the characters notes, Lauren seems “frozen.” The making of the film and the young producer slowly affect Lauren’s state of mind and she begins to deal with the issues surrounding her complicated, short marriage.

This is not a typical “beach novel” that many of us read during their vacations. Instead, it tackles a very real medical problem that I found fascinating because of its ramifications. The author has done an excellent job of creating characters that become involved with the movie to be made, especially Lauren’s sister, who is raising a young child as a single mom and never tells anyone who the father is. As the story unfolds, the child unexpectedly becomes a key character in the book

The emotions run high in this book, and the medical topic is a real one, so be prepared for some heavy interaction among the main characters. Because I really liked the author’s plot and her way of writing, I went online to find  other books this woman has penned. I plan to read more of Jamie Brennen.

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner is published by www.littlebrown.com and costs $26.00 for the hardcover.

P.S. Here is the mini-synopsis on the flyleaf that might grab you more to read this book (direct quote):

When a young widow’s reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.

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