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Charity of the Month


In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Friday, June 21, 2013


I love dragonflies.  Actually, I love insects in general, but dragonflies are especially interesting and colorful.  What better reminder of summer?

A few years ago I went to a dragonfly class at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, a wonderful place right near my house.  First, we had a classroom session, and then we went out to one of the ponds on the property to watch and identify dragonflies.  I was hooked!  Later, I even purchased Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast, a great reference book.

This past Tuesday, I did my usual group ride, a.k.a. Tuesday Worlds.  One of the guys joined us a few miles into the ride.  I saw him on a hill ahead of the peloton, his slender silhouette hovering like a dragonfly.  All of a sudden it occurred to me just how much cyclists do resemble dragonflies.  Darting around in their colorful kits, they both fly.  Happy solstice!

Shining Clubtail

Eastern Pondhawk

Red-Veined Pennant

Common Green Darner

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