Archive for April, 2008

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

UPDATE, 5/28/08: Oh, yays! One-Eyed Jack has been adopted!

One of the (many) blogs I read regularly does a weekly series wherein they feature a new adoptable animal (usually with a little help from Petfinder). I love the idea, and decided to give it a spin over here.

Since is a local blog (with, presumably, a local audience), and because we don’t allow animals on Kansas City Freecycle, I thought this might be a neat way to help out some of the area animal rescue groups. Plus, I hope to highlight a few of the many (manymanymany) homeless companion animals in the KC area. I encourage everyone out there in search of a new furry, fuzzy or feathered friend to consider adopting a local rescue animal. You might be surprised at the variety of animals available: dogs, cats, birds, horses, ferrets, rats, pigs, cows, hamsters. Again, Petfinder is a great start: And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for locally, there are some great national rescue groups, too, many of them animal- or breed-specific.

This week’s Featured Adoptable is One-Eyed Jack, a senior Shih Tzu born with – you guessed it – one eye.


Friends of the Friendless – which is based in Lexington, MO – has the following to say about dear Jack:

One-eyed Jack is a darling little boy who only has one eye. Jack is blond-white in color. His only known vice is that he is not house trained. This is not his fault, however. If some precious soul out there works with him, he can be trained. Weight: 12 pounds. Age: 10 years. Cost: $125.

Please call Gina today to adopt One-eyed Jack as a forever addition to your family!

The listing was last updated on June 19, 2007 (!), so I hope that Jack has since been adopted. If he’s no longer available, try checking out these little angels, also from Friends of the Friendless: Sugar, Ginger, Vanilla and Nutmeg, four coonhound siblings rescued in an animal cruelty case.

But if the little guy’s still there (which is possible – we adopted a mother/daughter pair of dogs from Friends of the Friendless a few years ago, and they spent a year with Gina before we found them), please consider giving him a home. I’d love to adopt him myself, but our house is filled to capacity!

Jack’s Petfinder page:

Friends of the Friendless:

Keep an eye out for more Featured Adoptable every Wednesday!



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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

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Monday, April 28th, 2008

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Sunday, April 27th, 2008

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Saturday, April 26th, 2008

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Friday, April 25th, 2008

Note: this post is “sticky” and will remain at the top of the page until I say so. Scroll down for the newest entries.

The Problem

Hey there Freecycle members (pending, new and old)! Here’s the problem, in brief. Whenever you email the list moderators at our “generic” yahoo email address (kcfreecycle-owner [at], Yahoo “reroutes” that email and sends a copy to each moderator at his or her personal email address. Lately, Yahoo seems to be having some problems with their email system, so that some of the email sent to kcfreecycle-owner [at] never makes it to our personal email addresses. Hence, we’ve had a number of emails go missing, especially the applications that require pending members to return before we approve their memberships.


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Thursday, April 24th, 2008

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Hello Green Friends,

Your moderators hereby challenge all of you to find one thing in your possession that you can offer here between now and this Saturday, April 26th.

Anything! Big, small, pretty, ugly, working, in need of fixing, children’s items, adults’ items, pet goodies, anything.

Sometimes people list an item to give and say something like “pick up today or it’s going in the trash tomorrow!”

Let’s avoid that by offering it tonight or tomorrow.

Has your spouse been nagging you to get rid of something? Do your kids think you’re hanging onto an eyesore? Are you tired of the astronomical amount of toys cluttering the house?

Here’s your chance. Take the Earth Day/Week Challenge right now.

It’s so easy to do; just sweep through your house and you’ll probably find something in the first room you visit.

I double dare you all to meet this challenge.

Yes, all 11, 196 of you could keep 11, 196 items out of the landfill this week by offering something to your neighbors now.

Let’s go!

Shelly, KC Freecycle List Moderator
shelly [at]

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008


getcher grist ecard here!

Happy Earth Day, y’all! While I love celebrating the earth and raising environmental consciousness, it’s important not to relegate Earth Day to just one day of the year. Earth Day is every day. And environmental activism doesn’t always – or even usually – mean buying more stuff.

Cartoonist Mikhaela Reid waxed green about the un-sustainability of our current culture over at her blog The Boiling Point yesterday:

With every Earth Day there comes a flood of special newspaper and magazine “Green Issues, ” all generally pushing the same deluded feel-good idea that if only we replaced non-green products with slightly more green products, we’d really Make a Big Difference and Save the Planet. We don’t really need to change our consumer culture or hold corporate polluters accountable or enact sweeping and drastic environmental legislation–we just need to change our lightbulbs and wear organic cotton T-shirts. […]

Anyway, here’s the thing: buying more fancy stuff you don’t need (no matter how organic or recycled it is) is fundamentally an anti-green act. If you replace your perfectly good couch with some fancy organic or more sustainably produced designer creation, that does not mean you are saving the planet. It means you are buying a nice couch that is slightly less destructive than another couch. You’re still consuming, and you’re still creating waste. You are not a hero, and you are not an activist, you’re just a less destructive shopper.

And shopping is not a substitute for action.

Anyway, go read the whole thing; she makes many a good point. Buying green is good, but only when necessary. ‘Tis better to not buy (and consume) at all. And mere shopping is not to be mistaken for activism. Replacing your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs is a most certainly a good thing, but it does nothing to curb our increasingly demanding lifestyles, discourage corporate polluters, or encourage a nationwide shift to renewable forms of energy. To truly make a difference, we need structural change.



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