ACTIVITIES, FUN FACTS, AND HELPFUL HINTS
1. CANDLE-LIGHTING SEASON
Nothing beats the flickering glow of a candle on the dinner table during the holiday season. No doubt, you intend to light one during at least one holiday meal. Unfortunately, many families can't even afford to put food on the table, let alone candles. But they can go to a local food pantry and get a free meal there, can't they? Can't they?
Maybe not. You see, food pantries run out of food and have to turn folks away. But, by donating to hunger organizations, you can help food pantries stay open longer. Perhaps you've already donated to hunger organizations in your home state/country. Very good! But, if you're still not sure where to donate, there's a wonderful organization that serves folks in the state of Massachusetts in the USA. It's called Project Bread. Every year in mid-spring, folks from a wide area come to Boston to participate in Boston's second-most-populated holiday of the year -- Project Bread's Walk For Hunger. Folks who are too far away to reach Boston by sidewalk or public transportation can join in by becoming virtual (online-only) walkers. And, of course, many folks donate even when they don't participate in the walk itself.
To donate to Project Bread, click on the "Donate to John" button near the top of this webpage and wait for further instructions. (If your Internet connection is slow, the button might say "Donate Now" for a while before changing to "Donate to John". You can click on that button.)
2. NOTES ON PERSONAL SAFETY AND HYGIENE
Wet or contaminated things can breed bacteria and viruses, which can provoke disease. So, after using your can-opener to open the cans for one meal, you should rinse it thoroughly and then heat it thoroughly to evaporate all water in or on it before you use it to open the cans for the next meal. (You can wipe the can-opener with a piece of paper towel after rinsing it, but you still need to heat it after wiping it.)
If possible, use a candle flame, not the stove, to heat the can-opener. Here's why: Whenever you turn the stove on or off, you wear it out a bit. (Yes, all things wear out from use.) Ultimately, natural gas will leak out even when the stove is off. Then you will have to shut off all natural gas to your home until you replace the stove. To minimize wear and tear, use the stove only for heating food and soup, not for inedible objects.
You'll be lighting candles often, so you'll need lots of matches. The Diamond Greenlight brand is very convenient because it sells boxes consisting of 50 matchbooks, each containing 20 matches. That's 1000 matches in one box! You can purchase one or more boxes online at the Amazon site if your local supermarket doesn't sell matches.
3. DO YOU LIKE GHOST STORIES AND/OR SCIENCE FICTION?
I have published a total of 54 short stories on the Amazon site as of November 17, 2017. Most of them (though not all) involve the supernatural and/or science fiction.
Anyone who donates $50 or more at this site will be added to my stories list (if you're not already there). This means that you have the option to receive ALL my published short stories (as plain-text files) for free. To receive them, just click on the "Donate to John" button and then specify in the "Personal Note" entry on the donation form that you would like to receive my stories. Or, if you forgot to specify it there, you can also reply to my e-mailed thank-you note and specify it there.
If you are already receiving my stories, you will continue to receive them and don't need to do anything.
Feel free to visit this webpage often, since I'll be adding to it periodically.