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Burberry Bags Outlet and giving them awayI’d of

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I’d often seen Kara rummaging through the dumpster outside the building where I work. I’d never spoken to her, though, until the day I mustered the courage to ask her if I could take her photo. She seemed curious about my intentions, but also pleased that I had taken an interest in her. As I photographed her, I asked Kara why she went through our garbage. She told me that she visited 18 locations every day and collected goods for Joseph’s Coat, a free store in downtown St. Paul that serves the homeless. She said that on an average day she collects 75 200 pounds of what she consistently refers to as “valuables.” At the end of every day she hauls home all of the items she has salvaged and cleans and sorts them before donating them to Joseph’s Coat. Kara believes that all the items she finds are valuable and can be used and reused.

Kara doesn’t drive, so she has to carry all of her Burberry Bags Outlet finds around with her on the bus. Every Tuesday one of her friends picks up the items and brings them to Joseph’s Coat.

After taking Kara’s photo and talking with her that afternoon, I decided I would like to tag along with her someday. This was a woman who wakes up every day and selflessly goes around St. Paul collecting things for people who have nothing. I admired Kara’s dedication, and was eager to see how she worked.

One morning last week I met Kara at the dumpster where I had first seen her. It was a cold day, so I told her I would drive. She said that when she had been at one of the stops on her regular route the day before, one of the tenants had told her that he would leave her some clothes next to the dumpster.

We drove down University Avenue and talked about our route for the day. Because I am not a very good trip planner and generally like to feel my way around, I left the details up to Kara. She had her regular routine, and I was happy to be her driver.

MinnPost photo by Carrie Thompson

When we got to the first location we found several brown paper bags filled with clothes.

When we got to the first location we found several brown paper bags filled with clothes. Someone had made good on their promise, and Kara was ecstatic. I had never in my life seen someone so happy to find items that a) had been discarded, and b) that would end up being given away to complete strangers. This pattern of happy surprise continued throughout the day. Every dumpster was like Christmas for Kara, but she had no intention of keeping any of her presents.

After packing up the clothes in the brown paper bags, Kara proceeded to open the dumpster. I was curious and also maybe a bit nervous. I had no idea how she was going to rummage through the dumpster. I was astonished to watch her work with a weird combination of instinct and efficiency. She first peered over the lip of the dumpster and scanned the contents; somehow she seemed to know exactly where the non trash items (or the “treasures”) were located. She hopped and pulled herself up, resting her stomach on the edge of the dumpster, and reached for a bag, yanked it out, and tore it open to inspect the contents. Almost every time she would find something worth saving.

MinnPost photo by Carrie Thompson

I had no idea how she was going to rummage through the dumpster.

Burberry Bags Outlet After poking around in a few dumpsters (and as Kara said, “finding gold”), we decided to take a break.

Another of the things Kara likes to do for others a little side project of her salvage operation is to make 3 by 5 index cards out of manila folders that she finds in the recycling. A few times a week Kara goes to Kinkos to use the paper cutter. She makes stacks of these cards and gives them away. As we planned the rest of our day she made a stack of the cards for me as a present.

MinnPost photo by Carrie Thompson

Kara makes 3 by 5 index cards out of manila folders that she finds in the recycling.

The last dumpster we visited was close to my work, and also to Kara’s home. We spent a long time there digging. I can’t remember what we found, but as we dug we talked about our disposable society. Kara said it sickened her that so many people thoughtlessly threw away things that others desperately needed. As she executed one more hopping and lun Burberry Bags Outlet ging routine and extracted the last bag of the day from the dumpster she asked me if I knew the Pete Seeger song “Garbage.”I admitted that I didn’t. Kara then recited these lyrics: “Garbage! Garbage! Garbage! We’re filling up the sea with garbage, garbage, garbage. What will we do when there’s no place left to put all the garbage?”

MinnPost photo by Burberry Bags Outlet Carrie Thompson

Almost every time she would find something worth saving.

Carrie Thompson’s work has explored her relationship with her family, roots, rootlessness, and restlessness. She is the recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers and the Minnesota Artist Initiative Grant.

Burberry Bags Outlet and Ghost RiderThe planets

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The planets have aligned today and the DVD Shopping Bag arrives with a plethora of sequels. The DVD Shopping Bag usually brings insights in on one particular film but today, with all these sequels, one film is just not enough. Fear not, as Mania own Tim Janson will be bringing in a full review of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows later this week. Though I doubt any of us (outside of Rob Vaux) were willing to touch Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (I might have just tipped my hand, there).

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

I really enjoyed Guy Ritchie follow up to Sherlock Holmes; the twists to the characters, the brilliant casting of Jared Harris as Moriarty, and that finale. What I didn enjoy was the thought of Sherlock Holmes 3. When I walked out Game of Shadows I felt as if I just saw the same film (in style) as the first one with nothing really new. I likened it to watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie. By Lady in the Water (2006) we had seen it all before. Sure the story was different, but his approach to the material was exactly the same. Hopefully, Ritchie will make the third one with a different set of eyes. He could start by removing the slow motion action sequences. While Holmes (Downey) dissection of future events is visually exciting, I knew by the end of Game of Shadows exactly how he and Moriarty would battle it out. Then again, changing the formula could backfire drastically. Look what happened to the fourth Indiana Jones film.

The Raimi Spider Man Trilogy

There is excellent chance that many of you have already purchased Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy. If you have, here is what new special features you are missing out on with these new Blu rays:

The Spider Man Blu ray

Spider Sense Trivia Challenge is a feature that plays out over the entire film and keeps track of your points. You are also able to create your own Spider Man clips using Spider Man Cutting Room This feature enables you to share these with your friends. It is also a feature you will never ever see on a Star Wars Blu ray release. Plus, it comes in new packaging to confuse you and your relatives who might not think you have this edition/ movie/ version.

Sadly, that is it for all the new special features on these three Blu rays. The rest of the special features are identical to previous releases. The original teaser trailer for Spider Man might have been nice. You know, the one featuring the World Trade Center. Perhaps a new interview of Tobey Maguire interviewing Andrew Garfield would have been a great feature, as well. There isn much new here for those of us that have swung on this web before.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

I Burberry Bags Outlet admit it, I haven seen it yet. I thought about giving it a whirl today, but after reading Rob Vaux review again (who I have disagreed with from time to time), I thought it might be better to watch it streaming on Netflix (or even Crackle). What I can believe about this film or the previous one is the casting of Nicholas Cage. It has nothing to do with his acting or lack there of (love him in the Nat Burberry Bags Outlet ional Treasures). It is that the studio cast a much older actor in the role. The mind set of Hollywood today seems to be longevity. This is a reason why we have Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern over Nathan Fillion. I could go on, but I keep it short. I was thrilled to see a young Johnny Cage cast with Matt Long, but this is only for the origin. The rest of the film is Nic Cage. Why again? If the studio wants a cash cow then why cast an actor that has is on the verge of being put out to pasture? This is only a fraction of what is wrong with the first movie. That, too, would Burberry Bags Outlet be its own column.

Sequels are always a tricky business and round two usually means sink or swim. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows ends up on the shelf for now. I cannot help but think of the third Matrix film and how my collection got reduced to the first movie Blu ray and The Animatrix.

1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Blu ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy)

2. Superman vs The Elite [Blu ray]

3. Shallow Grave () [Blu ray]

4. The Gold Rush (The ) [Blu ray]

5. The Dark Crystal / Labyrinth (The Brian Froud Art Edition) [Blu ray]

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

Accident [Blu ray] Starring Louis Koo and Richie Jen
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Accident Starring Louis Koo and Richie Jen

All Alone Starring Mandy Levin, Suzy Cote, Brice Williams

The Assault Starring Vincent Elbaz and Melanie Bernier

Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil [Blu ray] Starring Nicholas Gonzalez, Matt Bushell, Keith David

Decisions Starring Corey Haim, Anthony Vitale, Matt Medrano

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Movie Only Edition + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (Blu ray) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Blu ray/DVD Combo + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (+ Ultraviolet Digital Copy) Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris

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Burberry Bags Outlet and Frustration with Reusable

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Why Should You Switch Save Money

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Burberry Bags Outlet and fighting povertyRaelen

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Raelene Ash picks up her black ink pen and a crumpled white napkin, talking as she sketches.

Sitting at the Midtown Global Market, an international bazaar of small Minneapolis businesses, she tells me how her art has been a saving grace in her life, a ray of sunshine guiding h Burberry Bags Outlet er out of the darkness of a botched surgery, divorce, homelessness and poverty.

Quickly, one of her trademark bag ladies comes to life, a romanticized female figure in a broad brimmed hat pictured from the back side, toting two bags.

“People see them and they tell a story about what they see,” says Ash, a mother and grandmother with a streak of silver in her hair and hope in her voice.

Ash is one of seven founding artists of The Art Shoppe at the market, one of the microenterprise partnerships jump started by A Minnesota Without Poverty in collaboration with Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

“The hope is as the business grows, their income will increase as well,” says Nancy Maeker, executive director of A Minnesota Without Poverty. June 25 at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis. The event features local actors and singers, including Regina Marie Williams, T. Mychael Rambo, Thomasina Petrus and the Minnesota Church Ladies, an acting troupe formed by the organization to use humor to make a case for helping the poor.

Proceeds from the benefit will also go toward furthering the recommendations of the Legislative Commission to End Poverty.

The Art Shoppe, situated on the Lake Street side of the old Sears Roebuck building, features an array of jewelry, pottery, photography, clothes, paintings and other artistic items for sale and is staffed by participating artists.

The anti poverty nonprofit collaborating with the two religious groups contributed $6,000 to setting up the small art business and another $6,000 in an interest free loan to pay rent and utilities for six months. The fledgling entrepreneurs also received 24 hours of business training.

The idea is that this group of artists will slowly repay the loan which they are now doing and eventually become self sustaining. Artists now earn 40 percent of work sold, with 50 percent invested back into the shop and 10 percent going to payoff the loan.

The social justice aspect of the project appealed to his organization, says Bryan Goltzman, director of the Justice Squared Commission with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Consider, he suggests, that there are 599,000 Minnesotans at the poverty line or just above it.

Artists chosen to participate have all experienced poverty and many still fall into the low income category. Most displayed their work to A Minnesota Without Poverty art show some time ago.

MinnPost photo by Cynthia BoydSitting behind the cashier desk is jewelry artist Terry Day speaking with silversmith Brenna Klassen Glanzer.

The artists were selected both for the quality of their art and their financial need. Take Ash, for instance.

“Here was someone who was homeless, who was doing this incredibly creative way of doing art. She [was] very gifted but in great need because of her health and her financial situation,” Maeker says.

Other artists in the groups have stories just a< Burberry Bags Outlet strong> Burberry Bags Outlet s compelling, including painter Tara Innmon, who when she went blind became a potter, and Aziz Osman, a Somali immigrant who studied art in Florence, Italy, and now is a painter and potter, and jewelry designer Terry Day, who deals with the after effects of child polio and divorce.

Ash tracks her artistic bent back to kindergarten. “I’ve always been a free hand artist,” she says.

She also has a year of art school on her resume. Though growing up in a large, tightly knit family in Colorado Springs, she moved to Minneapolis, was married, had two children and later divorced.

Through the years Ash has worked as a family advocate in homeless shelters, as a recruiter for a high school program and as a cook at daycare centers, though now, she says, her physicians advise her not to work.

In 2005, she underwent major surgery. A medical mistake resulted in chronic health issues and frequent episodes of severe anxiety and depression, she says. She lives downtown Minneapolis in communal housing, having her own room and sharing a bathroom and kitchen space.

Recuperating from surgeries, she returned to art as a source of fulfillment and diversion. Seeing small, handled brown paper bags at two for $1, she decided to draw in acrylic paints and colored pencils African American women carrying bags and depicted on brown paper and canvas bags. It’s her “Classic Bagg Lady” line.

Much of her inspiration comes from observing people riding the city bus. Her images document women going about their ordinary and extraordinary lives: at a farmers’ market, at home primping.

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Ash takes particular pride in the stories people see in her art.

We read the recent article about The Art Shoppe at Midtown Global Market, and we have a few comments regarding same.

First of all, there were ten founding members in the shop. It is not mentioned in the article that three members were forced to resign because of bullying tactics by the executive director of MN Without Poverty, directed at these three members who submitted an alternative proposal to the membership so that the artists would not have to increase their payment from 20% to 60%, but be able to retain more of their earnings and, indeed, make a little money. There was also no mention that original plans, as we were told, was to become a cooperative, not a partnership, but after several meetings, Nancy Maeker denied there ever being any plans for a cooperative. The artists who left also felt that the public was being mis led with regard to shop income assisting people living in poverty.

With regard to the disbursement of the income, it is simply not possible for these artists to become self sustaining on 40% of their sales, especially since many of the items sold are priced under $50, which nets the artist only $20. In fact, most items are under $25, which nets only $10 to the artist. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, as the old saying goes, to figure out that an artist would have to “sell a whole lotta widgets” to become self sustaining at that rate!