With travel coming up, I’ve gotten all my gifts early this year. Here’s an early present for you all.

Two things I have ground into me every time I get into discussions online (where I think people are more apt to share painful experiences with those who aren’t their very closest friends) is how very lucky I have been, and how much need there is for help for those who haven’t been so lucky.

In honor of my internet communities, I have just donated to RAINN and to a local food bank and a women’s shelter / advocacy center in the part of Oregon where our house is. (I was going to donate to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, but I suspect that they’re very well funded and that women in more low-income rural areas, like some of the ones in that county, may have fewer options.)