I presently work nights in a warehouse that serves a group of mid-market clothing brands. Sales are weak- hours are being cut in every (non-management) area. If this was strictly a reaction to poor products (quality or selection), bad pricing or weak marketing I could say “Fine- free enterprise weeds out the weak“. If it was a sign that consumers generally are wiseing up that a consumption-based society must inevitability consume itself that would be progress- painful as it is- that could bring a better world.
Sadly I am convinced it is but another indication that the once-powerful Middle Class is being replaced with an oh-so modern neo-feudalism (now with Internet access). Henry Ford realized that if he under-paid his employees they would not be able to afford the cars they made. Few (if any) of those who make the eGadgets we love could afford to purchase one. We’ve let manufacturing be ‘out-sourced’ overseas (low wages, lax or non-existent worker protections) as we feed our consuming desire to be the most materialistic people to ever inhabit this reality.
Working for barely-above minimum wage, with no benefits, I can not afford to purchase the products that surround me. I have not gone to a movie theatre in well over a decade and recently ‘cut the cable’ in favour of buying food. Not that I am devoid of entertainment. While I enjoy on-line media I refuse to just watch fictional programs to escape- so I know not everyone is blind to what is happening. Although there are plenty of people who seem unable to understand their own contributions to their own destruction.
People are beginning to realize we are not without options. Change can happen. Change WILL happen. New sacrifices will be demanded. If the “1%” wise up in time it won’t have to include their very lives. Even the numbest herd of sheep may awake to the insanity surrounding them.
Although the exact date that full marriage equality will arrive in Ohio is not known, it is starting to look as if it will be in the foreseeable future. In preparation for that date, I am working to establish myself as an accredited humanist Celebrant/ Officiant.
I am already ordained in the Universal Life Church and licensed to perform legal weddings in the State of Ohio. My former professional sales career and extensive community volunteering provides a solid foundation for this new career. My Officiant website is set up and listed (for free and low-ranking) at MyWedding.com and WeddingWire.com. Although my plan is to offer reasonably-priced Celebrant/ Officiant services, the field is filled with many high-end services and so advertising to the target market requires substantial funds.
This crowd-funded project will cover:
- Training & registration as a Humanist Celebrant ($150);
- Memberships in American Humanist Association, Americans United and local affiliates ($75);
- Vestments, Forms, Certificates and supplies ($150);
- An initial Marketing budget ($650);
- Fees and cost of Premiums ($175)
Premiums (Thank You gifts):
This isn’t the sort of project that results in a book or recording that could be offered as a Reward; I have selected some of my photography. I hope you’ll find something interesting or inspiring:
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Morna Lusty (nee Glasheen) April 28, 1929 – Feb. 19, 2007
Mom is missed and always loved by her children, Bruce, Karen, Brian and Kathy,
lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Christopher, Kennie, TJ, Melissa and Kayla,
and great-grandchildren Julian and James
Memories of her will be shared with grand-daughter Heather
and great-grandkids Alaura, Dominic and Bella.
As I reflect on Mom, and the numerous ways she blessed my life, I recall how as a kid, I would often see a movie or tv show (or read a book) that had a fascinating woman with an interesting career, and exciting adventures that seemed so glamorous. And I would at times wish to have such a Mother.
In time I realized two things; first being that, of course these were fictional lives. The greater truth is that Mom gave me something better. I can’t recall one instant in my life when I didn’t know, with certainty, that I was loved.
No matter what I did.
No matter who I was, or who I dated.
And more, that she never doubted I could do anything I set my mind to.
I have learned over the years that very many, too many, people haven’t had that blessing.
All contents © Copyright 2007 By Brian Gryphon
Our selection of 21 images available at our Nuvango gallery are now available as throw pillows as well as ‘All Over Print’ shirts.
Pillows are available as 16×16, 20×14 and 20×20 sizes with or without insert. Nuvango describes them thus:
“After much searching, we found a nice, soft pillow fabric with a luxurious linen texture that suits a wide range of art styles. Both sides of the pillow are printed, sewn together and finished with an invisible zipper. Made with 100% spun polyester.”
The All Over Print shirts are available in Mens and Womens styles, printed both sides. Nuvango describes them as:
“We cut, print and sew the garments ourselves to make sure that every single shirt that goes out the door looks amazing. The colors are incredibly vivid and dyed into the fabric so your artwork won’t fade, crack, peel, or let you down when duty calls. They are available in both men’s and women’s sizes (XS-XL) and fit very similarly to other premium T-shirts (eg. American Apparel). The fabric is 100% spun polyester jersey and 100% soft and comfy.”