Thank goodness “Cyber Monday” is over. I don’t think my email inbox could handle another day of overload like this:


(This is just an unedited, screen-grab sample of the email I received, there’s plenty more where that came from.)

Until a few years ago, I thought “Sweetest Day” was the worst retailer ruse that could be foisted upon us, the smartest scam manufactured by marketers in a ceaseless effort to separate unsuspecting customers from their hard-earned cash (or credit). But Cyber Monday has taken it to a whole new level… or an all-time low.

Kudos to the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation for creating #GivingTuesday:

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)

You don’t really need that new gizmo. But 42 million Americans are food insecure. 564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless on any given night. 783 million people around the globe do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. Please find a charity that speaks to you, and open up your heart and your wallet. Not just today, but all year long.