As the name suggests, Dos Amigos Guide Services consists of two friends: Barry Klinge and captain Kenny Watts. For the better part of two decades, this duo has fished and hunted together all around Texas. They established Dos Amigos as a way to share their wisdom and passion for the outdoors with others. Barry and Kenny organize a number of different adventures, including boat and kayak fishing trips that explore the miles of shoreline, back lakes, and flats between Port O'Connor and Corpus Christi. For customers hoping to stay on land and eliminate potential run-ins with Nessy—who likes to vacation in Texas—Dos Amigos offers duck hunting trips, as well.
In 2011, the documentary film The Interrupters introduced audiences to three Chicagoans whose job it was to walk the streets of their neighborhoods mediating violent disputes. The mediators in the film were working with CeaseFire, Chicago's Cure Violence program, to work with other Violence Interrupters to mediate 700 potentially lethal conflicts in Chicago. This often meant physically standing in between feuding individuals, putting their own lives at risk to make their communities safer. In addition to its work in Chicago, Cure Violence operates programs in seven other cities in Illinois and 14 cities across the United States. In 2011, the documentary film The Interrupters introduced audiences to three Chicagoans whose job it was to walk the streets of their neighborhoods mediating violent disputes. This often meant physically standing in between feuding individuals, putting their own lives at risk to make their communities safer.
Cure Violence's founder, Dr. Gary Slutkin, is an epidemiologist who approaches violence as an infectious disease that should be treated like any other epidemic—with scientifically proven methods. The organization applies the same techniques associated with disease control—detection, intervention, and changing behavior—to alter a community's perspective of violence and stop the problem at its source.
Within violence-plagued neighborhoods, the organization's Violence Interrupters—often former drug dealers, gang members, and violence perpetrators—detect and mediate potentially lethal conflicts. Outreach Workers, meanwhile, work with high-risk individuals to change the way they think about violence and help them work within the system to improve their lives. On a larger scale, Cure Violence shifts the discourse on violence within whole communities and society at large, emphasizing solutions to the problem instead of punishment.
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Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 with the goal of building homes in partnership with families across the country in need of affordable housing. Since then, the organization has grown into a behemoth of goodwill in more than 70 countries, bringing housing financing to villages in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, promoting sustainable building and energy efficiency, and responding to overwhelming need during natural disasters.
But the organization is best known for its home-building projects. When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, it enlists the help of the family who will be living there. They dedicate their time and sweat to completing the project alongside volunteers, neighbors, donors, churches, and other supporters, engendering a spirit of renewal and fellowship. Once they move in, families pay a no-profit mortgage. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving fund that promotes the construction of more homes. In 2009, Habitat launched the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, whose holistic community development approach promotes construction, repair, and rehabilitation of affordable housing in partnership with low-income families in markets hit hard by foreclosures. To date, Habitat has helped build and repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than three million people across the globe, welcoming people of all races, religions, and nationalities to partner in its mission as a nonprofit Christian housing organization.
To the staff of Giantnerd, nerdiness isn’t defined by pocket protectors or taped-together glasses. Rather, it’s the thrill an outdoor enthusiast has for the newest, best outdoor sporting equipment—be it a GT road bike, a Patagonia fleece jacket made with recycled material from 25 2-liter soda bottles, or a Suunto Ambit “watch” that tracks barometric altitude and includes GPS and a heart-rate monitor for mountain exploration. Giantnerd’s staff wanted to take the thrill of finding quality outdoor equipment and athletic apparel to the next level by creating a more transparent shopping experience. To this end, they allow users to rank and review the products they’ve bought, pushing the best finds to the top.
Giantnerd’s sizeable online shop puts customers in touch with whatever gear they need, whether they seek climbing harnesses, snowboarding goggles, or an extra-warm Marmot jacket for holiday visits to snowman relatives. Their bike selection is particularly extensive, with road bikes, mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, and other varieties from brands such as Tommaso and BAMF. A 365-day return policy gives buyers a year to return items, so long as they’re in the same condition and have the original packaging.
Brika's everyday housewares and decorative pieces are eclectic, colorful, and thoughtfully made. Crafted by hand, the shop's selections include delicate sterling-silver jewelry, children's cloud mobiles, and chocolate truffles. Just about anything in the shop makes for an original housewarming gift—best sellers include bird-print clutches, wooden serving trays, and bacon-soy candles.
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Recipe cards tucked into boxes, links bookmarked on computers, recipes shared via email—now, home cooks can save and organize all their recipes with Cook’n software. The program comes preloaded with 500 recipes to start out. From there, you can enter your own heirloom recipes and Internet finds, compiling them in the same spot and keeping them safe from spaghetti-sauce explosions. The software can organize the recipes into digital cookbooks with their own chapters, or print recipe cards and custom cookbooks with personalized colours and styles.
After you’ve rounded out your gastronomy anthology, you can search based on the ingredients you have on hand, or create meal plans with shopping lists that are automatically organized by aisle. To help home cooks tailor their meals to their family’s dietary needs, the program’s nutrition database enables it to estimate nutrition information, even for user-inputted recipes.