March 18th, 2006

Whale fluke

Speaking of gifts...

...I've contributed $50 to a fellow LJ'er charity effort to, um, well, jump out of an airplane.

This spring, shadesong will take part in a tandem parachuting jump from above 10,000 feet, strapped to a licensed jumper.

She is braver than I am. But she has a damn good reason to be brave.

Shadesong is raising money for two charities close to her heart: the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) and Speaking Out Against Rape (SOAR), providing services and support for people who've lived through those violations. Like her.

From what limited exposure I've had to her, Shadesong is an amazing woman: one hell of a mother, lover (as her husband yendi will tell you), and writer. She is my age and has been working on a large writing project called Shayara since she was 16. When she commits to somethng, she commits to it.

And she wants to help people. And I can help her help people.

Her fundraising page is

And because she has a sense of humor about how she's raising the money, a lot of us are telling her, "Just imagine you're jumping to get away from the SNAKES ON A PLANE!!!"