Someone’s always got their hand out asking for something in return, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, yadda yadda, ya that’s pretty much it. At one point, I spent a lot of time setting this blog up, and much to my surprise I received a lot of attention – albeit most of my site’s traffic comes from 4 or 5 of the posts, but still, that tells me what the people want, it tells me what’s of value and what isn’t – so I may proceed in a certain direction to help others, but I digress.
I’m putting this page here to draw attention to the newly added donate button you see at the top right of the page, above the recently added articles. The reason I’ve added this is because I’ve been receiving an increasing amount of e-mails in regards to certain articles and been sought out for further guidance. As much as it is my pleasure to do so, the demand has risen to the point where I can’t meet everyones demand, so here’s what I’ll do: People who read an article (perhaps on how to get hired at a particular retail store) who need further help wouldn’t hesitate to pay a small amount such as $20 or $50 for access to me for follow up via e-mail or telephone. If it might help you get a job, I can’t see how it isn’t worth it. Hell, some people out there just might find an article so damn worth it, and feel like the hell of it they’d like to contribute to help a particular writer continue to share his experiences.
And if that isn’t enough for you, well I’ve also committed to sending 30% of all donations to a local charity that helps feed and shelter hungry cats & dogs, that’s run through my local pet store. If at this point you’ve lost interest, then you probably shouldn’t read on, because it’s only going to get more personal
At this point, 20 years ago (as a 6 year old) I had recently moved to Malaysia with my parents – my father was teaching & performing research at a university on the island of Penang. Not soon after we moved, we started populating the house with many many pets: cats, dogs, and even a rabbit for a little while. Many came and went, but one that stuck with us for a long time was a very affectionate little cat by the name of Roger. He was with us long after our then-family returned to Canada (6 years later), and would be with us for many years after that. Roger was a patient, loving, loyal part of the family who would surely never be replaced. Sadly, in 2008, he passed away of old age, but not before having lived 17 happy years with us. He was part of the family, and I was pretty devastated when he passed, but I saw it as an opportunity to celebrate his life by doing good.Not two weeks after I learned of his passing, (I was away at school) did I step into a local animal shelter to adopt (what I planned on being only one) two young cats aged 6 and 8 months that had been with this shelter for a good period of time, who weren’t finding a home. After applying and learning two days later that I had been approved as a candidate, I brought Domino and Tetley home for the first time, and today I’m glad to say that they’re still happy and healthy in my care. It’s in Roger’s name and his wonderful spirit that I decided to take these two cats in. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals, ever since I was a little boy simply seeing a three legged dog would bring me to tears, just seemed unfortunate – but I’m a real softy regardless, I don’t like seeing pain – I try to focus on the good, and try to do good myself – and aside from the scarce volunteer of my time for various charities or foundations in the past, I’m going to try to put more effort into bringing more revenue in through this blog. Anyway, don’t be shy, use those donate buttons, even if the description doesn’t match the amount, and if you’d like to send more or less, or actually would just like to make a donation to my charity directly, contact me, but until then, I’ll leave you with a couple pictures to admire. Thanks in advance for your generosity.