We are a one-income family, and yes, our financial situation is stretched to the limit at times, but we are usually able to survive from paycheck to paycheck and have what we need. It was not always so. Let me tell you a little story. About 15 years ago, I found out that I was pregnant with my youngest son. At the time, I had a good paying job as a legal assistant working with a well-respected … [Read more...] about Fight Hunger. Spark Change.
Making A Difference
When you volunteer your time and energy, your support and enthusiasm can often have a ripple effect, in that it inspires others to want to participate in the changes you are making. Volunteers bring passion to any cause and they are often the people who can strengthen relationships between policies and communities and create improvement. Becoming an International Volunteer If you like helping … [Read more...] about Volunteering: A Gift That Never Stops Giving
I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with several wonderful bloggers from all over the world to show our support of the #GivingTuesday movement. If you are a blogger and would like to join us, you can join our Facebook group or link up your own #GivingTuesday posts using our linkup below. I have had the pleasure of being involved with #GivingTuesday and their worldwide movement to … [Read more...] about #GivingTuesday Bloggers – Mighty Individually, Together We Can Change the World
Lynn contacted me at the beginning of the month about this article and sharing Kelly Lowe's story with the world. Rape kits are collected at the time of the assault and when tested, DNA evidence contained inside rape kits can be an incredibly powerful tool to solve and prevent crime. It can identify an unknown assailant and confirm the presence of a known suspect. It can affirm the survivor's … [Read more...] about Woman Warrior – an Afghanistan Veteran – Fights for Justice for ALL Women in the USA
Look at this beautiful little girl. Her name is Afua W. and she is a fun-loving child who has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Afua loves music, playing with her toys, and blowing soap bubbles. (Hello! Who doesn't love all of those things!?) Afua also loves to play outside and desperately wants to be able to keep up with her siblings. All of her siblings have bikes, and during the summer … [Read more...] about Help Afua Win the Great Bike Giveaway
Friends - I'm asking for your help. There are approximately 8,000 toys out there still in need of a home before Christmas. 4,000 need to be purchased so the other 4,000 can be donated to one of the 35 charities that Stickman Stew and a bunch of my blogging friends have partnered with this year. Look at the faces of those little ones from Vogel Alcove in Dallas playing with their new … [Read more...] about Secret Santas Needed – YOU!
Congress has introduced a new bill known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would allow for adoption discrimination across the country under the guise of religious freedom. I am a Christian, but I am also a firm believer that every human has the right to happiness, love, and family regardless of their race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, whatever. People are People … [Read more...] about Vote NO to the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
My eldest son, Jonathan, is a sensitive soul, although he does not show it very often. I believe he is in that awkward stage where he is attempting to define the man that he will be in the future. Does he go with the tough, 'I-don't-give-a-crap-about-anything' attitude, or does he go with caring about others and having compassion for those less fortunate than himself? He's shown a mixture of both, … [Read more...] about How You Can Help With the #JonathansHeartProject
I have to admit, I love "feel good" stories such as these from my friends at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). I received this in my e-mail messages this morning, and I just had to share. Betty, who is around 25 years old, was kept in a small enclosure at a zoo in southern Romania. Thanks to passionate supporters like you, our partners were able to rescue Betty and take … [Read more...] about WSPA – Betty Is Free!
On March 30th I received an email from Becky Bond, Political Director for CREDO Action from Working Assets that, quite frankly, pissed me off. It was regarding Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich. It didn't bother me that they named him CEO, what bothered me is that Mozilla (maker of the world's second most popular browser - Firefox) is an organization that has always demonstrated a deep … [Read more...] about Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich Steps Down Effective Immediately
On March 31, 2007, more than 2.2 million Sydney, Australia residents and more than 2,100 business switched off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for just one hour. Their actions made a powerful statement about global warming, and a global movement was born. That one single hour showed a 10.2 percent reduction in energy consumption across Sydney. Imagine the reduction percentage … [Read more...] about Celebrating Earth Hour on 3/29/2014
I believe in karma. I've seen it at work too many times to not believe. Not sure what karma is? The dictionary explains karma as "the total effect of a person's actions and conduct during the successive phases of the person's existence, regarded as determining the person's destiny." Simply put, every action you take in your life has an effect on the world. As my grandmother used to say, "you reap … [Read more...] about The Gift of Giving