The Piano Rocker’s Gift-Giving Guide

I’ll keep this brief since it’s the first week of December and you’re probably already sick of holiday stuff. Seuss Day is just around the corner and, depending on what planet you’re from, that means it’s gift-giving season. I’ve thought up a few ways to spend your money wisely and not incur the wrath of evil space sharks…

Charities To Give To

What, did you think this was going to be a list of junk you’re gonna have to wrap and ship? Sorry to disappoint. In a season of shameless marketing plugs, here are some shameless plugs for organizations who could really use a whack from the ole’ Giving Stick:

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood

PP provides much-needed health care services to women and men who couldn’t afford them otherwise. I’m not just talking about the baby-making parts, either, they perform cancer screenings and STD tests. Regarding the A word, abortion rates are at their lowest in 40 years.

What’s more important is the annual 3.6 million contraceptive services they administer every year. With an incoming administration that’s openly hostile to Planned Parenthood and Obamacare (which requires insurers to fully cover most types of birth control), they can use the help. Year after year we see that when access to contraceptives goes up, abortions go down.

Environmental Defense Fund

The Environmental Defense Fund

Look, we’ve only got one planet. At least until NASA’s EM drive allows us to colonize some exoplanets, anyway. And I don’t know if you noticed, but it’s getting kinda hot in here. With a president-elect who’s calling for coal and oil expansion almost as loudly as he’s calling climate change a “Chinese hoax”, the Earth could use a better representative in Washington.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

In the wake of increased bullying, some kids may be thinking of suicide as a way out. I don’t know if you’ve ever been touched by a suicide (or considered it yourself), but it is never the right solution. The Trevor Project is a free, anonymous suicide hotline for LGBT and questioning youth. And, unfortunately, they’ve been busier than usual in the last month.

The Shameless Part

The High Orbit Holiday Special

Okay, so… I am somewhat obligated to recommend buying some music as gifts for other people. If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer, I can always recommend my first adventure album, The High Orbit Holiday Special. It’s a Christmas tradition, complete with talking robots and alien prison scenes. You know, the usual holiday stuff.

Of course, if you’re interested in sending some Seuss Day presents my way (and you’ve already donated to a charity or three), I’m flattered. The best way to do that is via Amazon:

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