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Power To Wind Power

Dear Gabriel,

WindmillsReplace dirty oil with clean offshore wind.

Clean offshore wind energy is safer for the oceans and the planet than offshore oil rigs. Tell your Representative to extend the Investment Tax Credit on offshore wind.

It’s been nearly three years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, flooding the Gulf of Mexico with toxic oil. This tragic accident should have been a wake-up call, but today dolphins, sea turtles, and more are still at risk from another spill, and fossil fuel emissions are threatening our entire planet.

It’s time to go in a new direction. With offshore wind, we can create energy without polluting our oceans and our air. Offshore wind can harness a clean and infinite source of energy, while eliminating deadly drilling disasters and helping to create many more sustainable jobs than traditional fuel industries.

Let’s clean up our act. Tell your Representative to support clean and safe offshore wind energy TODAY»

The biggest barrier to wind is financing. As with other emerging technologies, offshore wind needs a boost to get started. H.R.924, the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, will help with some of that cost by extending the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind installed.

But we’ll need your help to get it passed. Contact your Representative today and tell them to cosponsor the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act»

It’s time to make a change. Support clean offshore wind energy today!

For the oceans,
Emily Fisher
Oceana

One In A Million

From FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance)

Dear Gabriel,

We all like to think we’re special – but thinking and doing are very different things. This month, FINCA is offering you an opportunity to do something momentous…

As you may already know, we are closing in on financing our 1 millionth client. People are starting to talk, and the excitement is building. In the meantime, our friends at the Feinstein Foundation are stepping up once more. We have their support to partly match your donation – as long as you make your gift by April 30.

For you this means that every dollar you pledge will be partly matched, thereby making your pledge even more powerful!

For FINCA and our clients, this increased support is bringing us tantalizingly close to financing our millionth client.

This woman entrepreneur will most certainly be One in a Million – but it’s her actions, and the actions of the other 999,999 women we’ll be supporting, that are shattering the chains of poverty across the developing world. Loan by loan, repayment by repayment, client by client – donation by donation: We are winning the fight against poverty. We cannot stop now.

FINCA’s clients work every day to make microfinance work. Today, it’s your turn to take a barrier-breaking action. And with the Feinstein’s Foundation matching funds – there’s no better time to renew your support.

Many of our supporters have a long history of supporting great causes. They have already given – perhaps you have too. But that’s the point: Supporting this ever-growing tide of self-employed women micro-business owners requires your committed support. There is no quick fix, but there is a long-term solution.

And believe me; FINCA values your ongoing support as deeply as our clients depend on FINCA’s ongoing loans. It’s a shared process – and it’s producing life-changing results. Microfinance is working!

Please renew your support for women’s microfinance initiatives today. FINCA depends on your ongoing commitment and the amazing women we support depend on us.

The Feinstein Foundation’s generous matching funds are a wonderful opportunity to reach client One Million – please don’t let the funds go unused.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Soledad Gompf
Vice President,
New Business Development

PS – Please help FINCA make the most of your support by responding today! For the 15th consecutive year, the Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations nationwide to help them raise funds this March and April.

From Flicker to Film

First things first and that first was a flicker of an idea given by a friend in Sweden.

Next came the research, to find out everything I could about Siddhartha, Yasodhara and their families. That took about 2 years.

Then the writing began. Another year moseyed on bye.

Editing was the next step, which took approximately 6 months more.

Searching for and contacting a publisher that would look at the manuscript took about 2 years, plus another to find one that accepted the story for publication.

The novel, Buddha’s Wife, is finally published in August of 2009.

Before and upon publication, the continuous process of networking and publicizing the book in magazines, newspapers, journals, online, radio, speaking engagements and at bookstores continues.

The idea of having the book made into a film comes into fruition about the same time it is published and I start to contact producers to see who might be interested. Getting contact information for well known producers/actors takes a few months.

After contacting many about making the book into a film and sending the book to over 20 producers (or their agents) and screenwriters, we (Sacred World Productions and myself) find a few that “might” be interested, but who want to see the screenplay first.

Then, the search for a screenwriter begins in earnest about this time last year. 6 months ago, a brilliant screenwriter accepts the challenge on spec, to adapt the book into a contemporary story that takes place in North America.

As of today, we are expecting to see the first draft of the screenplay and treatment at any time.

Once we have the screenplay, we will be approaching several actors and directors to get them attached to the project.

Once we have some well known folks who have agreed to be in the film, we go back to the producers that previously expressed interest, as well as approach some new ones and try to get financing for the film. Getting financing could be another year or two and once it is in place, it will be another 1-2 years before actual filming, editing and production are complete. Then a distributor will have to be found.

After those few easy steps are all complete. Whoa-la! The film version of the novel Buddha’s Wife will be available for everyone to see. It will then be nominated in various categories for several award shows, including The Academy and become a box office bonanza.

Let’s see… if I add this all up, the total time from original conception to completion is ….. a measly 12 to 13 years!

The journey began in isolation and will end up with multiple collaborations and interdependent creative activities. The human and environmental variables that have, can and will effect the process, are countless.

This is definitely a process for marathoners and not sprinters. And as far as instant “fame” or “success”… well…. what can I say?

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