Poets? My good friend Claire is a poet and a teacher for high school students who are either totally blind or have low vision. She’s been reading poetry with them and has asked people to send their poems for her class to read. In return for sharing your poem, they’ll send you a Braille copy of it. Go to her blog for more information.

People in DC? My sister works for the Georgetown Ministry Center, an organization that helps homeless people. They have a couple of fundraisers coming up: the Taste of Georgetown Festival on October 13, where you get to taste dishes and wine from great restaurants in the area, and the Help the Homeless Walkathon on November 17. Do it.

People in the Twin Cities? Gift Intervention, a show that allows guests to confront the givers of bad gifts, will be filmed at the Mall of America next month. If you have a terrible gift that you’d like to share, contact Maggie Macpherson at maggiemacpherson (at)