Be Your Own Light In the Night Sky (pt.deux)
August, 2012Word of the Day: "Freedom"~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind."-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery"I don't know another nonprofit that provides as much bang for the buck as The Writer'sGarret."-- Our Auditor (Anonymous)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~AboutThe Writer's Garret [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5j40WFc03bs4KL3Mh8meCxLyzoIHZlZUsTCtsGEOdDpkki9YLCyK4Enbt9jzSasISldfJEndWW25sBV8V6z7joLffZSxrWhmX_GfjvXD4WcRg==]~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our FALL CALENDAR [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5heU0Un3WMKnyQbSy1C5XaUaITrrHX4wSNMpMsTrCCQ1R3pzz9rp-8u4Chte9IXxQ0b2H-cKvDEnIgOVXg1HUYMKgOnTV8MxfEbsLQj4rs6L3TsSQTkU8iVs_Zgo2BiwB2ePDbbs6yiq7M8cxDvxdzvs4Uq9LlC4P7k_OdkDyRMqvk4C7-e_spE]PowerPoint Tour [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5hOLXKaYgnUlkAmewGhF3HZYDs9jYehJwtrV_5xmMyD3lHe2qK6Pc3vOkBPj2nMigy8ErwR5izHSlYGg11izStFu-lbkTOW9NosviD2nnzyASJqN9CKzDgdcyav-ACaPoQ=]Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."Hamlet contemplated, "To be or not to be, that is the question."So, there are many ways "to be..."TO BE a Donor [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5iy8ikrYmEGOGvZsljM922qstoGXHmkWnDwVVjI0JGHbQ7VCMZsM5yqVA-usBXWyCdh32TUmJSS6R1MUtbwva8khTA4qJ1YceeJdjtaILi1C2rG0GryqPFBgVJQMsS4Hjg2s_pJwKq52qKthH_eADZA](make a cash donation and get in touch with your inner philanthropist)TO BE a "Generous Communer" [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org](R.S.V.P. for our Community Task Force at the end of the month, Saturday, August25)TO BE a Student [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5h7ZIvsyrgZKZb8t3QTIlVOGHx7hkjMMIst3OPPnEdGCdasnsPCVXzbrIOjDV4LWipd8ETEesDwvyVnAUOMnHsY3lJ9-n7QIA0RiJq5jsjfkBBzMrf3byFqGT-uLmbyJRg=](Register for a class or workshop)TO BE a Member [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5hqiFwY9E0fx9NlXSjMDIlNBES3ml0lhfdXKlMIsPs8ORO6Z8JgTagOduNldouC5oztLWJ8hd0yHCPIq-jXB3NzJbs2KbjHML2R8BE5pg7oUHkpDpIgMOMoala5tSqJFLk=](Join!)But it took anan American sportswear company to urge,"Just DO it."~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Forward this email to a Friend [http://ui.constantcontact.com/sa/fwtf.jsp?m=1101401997922&a=1110693827268&ea=txnp%40txnp.org]Click here [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5hwN5WyU6m-67UiuXid_zhl3xrQh-ZHTXtSwFafXsHe7xY3-O8jQzSCgS-K50OrwBTpAqhT9Thsyk8dtEit5E5yKv0lGBYcfkpXd9F_VUqnQlYHjDm04I-q1BbM_-mxF-6A6DnwBKlWnWX-Ie7cYlfv787OXh4tjhM=]to read "Why a Literate Culture is Important, or Why I Started The Writer's Garret"~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~THANK YOU, VERY DEAR FOLKS,WHO HAVE HELPED!In the last six days, 19 "Freedom (Under) Writers" have responded to our requestand contributed $1035! That's GREAT!!!(Those of you who've helped during our "Summer Survive" campaign, no need to readfurther unless you want to check out this cool link about a great ZINES program for kids [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5gBoGgCO2IlZa0ib6Z0raganAvg8m46Rd4-mEGi2Kq0xTbkwpJM9knRqZqrD-7xqrBA5ff7MnM9IJQunLhO9oJfGybGbWeYQBqoh_rQtCVPWf31kue2vYYHiIsgHAt-3oPG8oBZ39EVmQShGJ7IL5wWjaQ3LK1FYaSu8YmnV1ZN8rGeUr_I1BUxW5HLu9w7mOU=]that we co-produced this summer at Oil and Cotton in Oak Cliff). This email is forour other 8,000 friends.)We're not done, unfortunately, as we need to raise $24,000 before the end of theyear (or, $1200 a week). We're only $165 shy this week--so ALMOST on schedule--canyou help?I know that sounds like a wholelotta money, but it's only $3 per subscriber--andwe do a LOT with a little. And don't forget, I'm matching $1 for every $10!Below is last week's email appeal if you missed it while on vacation or accidentallydeleted it (with its sensory remembrance of our dear co-founder, the late Jack Myers).We've said it before and will say it again, we CAN'T do it without you!THANK YOU!Thea Temple, Executive Director,The Writer's Garret*You can also send a check to our mailing address:P.O. Box 140530 / Dallas, TX 75214-0530LAST WEEK'S EMAIL APPEAL (below)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our 4th of July membership drive has come and gone. Despite "giving fatigue" (fewerthan one half of 1% responded), I'm ready to put my own money on the line to supportThe Writer's Garret.I will do this because keeping The Writer's Garret alive really doesn't cost muchcompared to what's gained from each dollar given. In the last year alone, we provided37,516 hours of services to 1,921 adult learners (teachers, readers, writers) and15,450hours of educational opportunities to children, youth, and under-served audiences.This only accounts for our direct, "face-to-face" programs.We also continue to reach--quite literally--tens of thousands through partnership-projectssuch as student anthologies; the Writers Studio [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5hfxvnYmwl0e2orDBpX4Kb1SZUsYQebh31c7yXW8xAlS-e8lg-MdJMQd86MZKmu6X8OYRy579I4qWK-JJmIvtXvFa161lfgTdfFhlkbhD2cfcKIg-1OMcqRz_rFGPrxipc=](with help from KERA and NPR affiliates); and on-line audio readings [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5gsqqq-aEIXwaCGdFQUVkKtNGARBfbAJ6au4NgfMFGs7_Oy-H5qdCPQj4qOkKbaprpUAkpiu4dXl8v_XxHIzJWB88No1w_kDAGEGPgQT4orMB1vmP-6BPvxMLSVfmNG40ghxfthVQl5Rg==]by abused teens who can't even use their real names for fear of being found.Our website [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001GMsFMPGHS5j40WFc03bs4KL3Mh8meCxLyzoIHZlZUsTCtsGEOdDpkki9YLCyK4Enbt9jzSasISldfJEndWW25sBV8V6z7joLffZSxrWhmX_GfjvXD4WcRg==],Facebook sites, e-letters, pilot programs, and more reach upwards into the hundredsof thousands. And we did that with only about 45% of the funds we had just two yearsago. But now, running on fumes has taken its toll.That said, I will personally give to the Jack Myers Fund $1 for every $10 donated,up to $2,500 should we raise $25,000--our goal by the end of September. This isthe toughest spot we've ever been in--and we've seen some doozies. For those whodon't know, Jack Myers was our co-founder and my late husband, the former Poet Laureateof Texas and SMU Professor (and Vermont College Field Faculty).In a country, state, city as rich as ours, despite our economic woes, we ought tobe able to support books, language, education, reading, and writing. I'll go so far as to argue that our freedom (of expression, of mind, of heart) and democraticway of life utterly depend on our willingness to value these over our money. We must value what is Ours rather than what is ours.I know Jack felt that way. Many of you have no doubt that he would be calling, e-mailing,or snail mailing you right now, if he could, and asking for your help. You know he would. He'd make some clever remark with his thick Boston accent, and then, oncethe laughter quieted down, he'd say, "Please, give something."THANK YOU!
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