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Betty Londergan
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Betty is a writer, author, and blogger. She spent 25 years as a Creative Director in advertising before writing two books on motherhood: I’m Too Sexy for My Volvo: A New Mom’s Guide to Staying Fabulous and The Agony & The Agony: Raising Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind.

In 2010, she started her first blog project What Gives 365, giving away $100/day for 365 days to a person, cause or organization she felt was making the world a better place.

Her new blogging project, Heifer 12 x 12, is taking her to 12 countries in 12 months of 2012, visiting Heifer projects focused on ending poverty and hunger in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Betty lives in Atlanta with her husband, Lawrence Schall, president of Oglethorpe University, and they have four children.

Entries by Betty Londergan

A Parental Epiphany In Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 5:27 AM

Traveling with your (almost) adult child can be truly enlightening. I had many, many moments of enlightenment--and a few dark, gloomy hours -- on my trip to Thailand and Myanmar this past December to visit my 22-year old daughter Lulu, who is teaching English...
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Saying Goodbye To A Parent

(37) Comments | Posted April 27, 2013 | 7:42 AM

One of my best friend's father is dying and even though she's miles away, I can feel the sorrow behind the funny emails she sends me. Because she doesn't work and her kids are grown, she's had the time to go out and stay with her parents as they've moved...

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Oh Come On, Ladies!

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Is it just me, or does it seem like charges of sexism have recently been flying around faster than fleas on a pound dog? Now, I'm proud to be a woman and nobody's ever accused me of being too accommodating, but it feels that feminism is being used like a...

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Fighting Honor Killings in Pakistan with Fashion

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 11:18 AM

Khalida Brohi is a sweet-faced young Pakistani woman with the giggle of a little girl and the heart of a warrior for justice. At the tender age of 24, she has seen more of life (and death) than any young woman should; she's been shot at, bombed, stalked, filmed, lauded...

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The Boy Who Asked for Chickens

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 3:47 PM


My grandnephew Kieren is nine and lives outside Chicago. I've never met him in person, but when he was home sick from camp this summer, he and his mom, Kara, read the blog I've been writing as I travel to 12 countries in 12...

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A Song of Reconciliation

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 11:53 AM

It's difficult for an outsider to fathom the profound repercussions of the genocide in Cambodia, or how pervasively it has affected that country. Almost everyone in Cambodia over the age of 30 shares the same terrible memories of beloved family members taken away and...
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Barev, Armenia!

(10) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 5:04 PM


When I told people I was going to Armenia with Heifer International, the most frequent response was, "Wow, um.. where is that?"

So first, the geography lesson: Armenia is just east of Turkey and bordered by Georgia to the North, Azerbaijan...

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What It Means to Give

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 2:33 PM


After seven months into my global blogging journey with Heifer International, I've seen a lot of Passing on the Gift ceremonies. Passing on the Gift (where people who have been given an animal are required to give the first-born...

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Clouds Ground Me

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 9:56 AM


Ever since I was a little kid, nothing made me feel better than lying on my back and looking up at the clouds.


Only difference now is that sometimes I have to spy...

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Seeds of Change in Appalachia

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 8:52 AM

When Chad Roberts lost his job two years ago, he never dreamed he'd be unemployed this long. He was a machinist, forklift operator and could drive just about anything. But living in Ashe County, North Carolina, where unemployment has hovered around 15% and three...
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I've Got Friends in High Places

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 11:52 AM


When you're in the Highlands of Peru, it's easy to fall head over heels for the alpaca, while paying precious little attention to its camelid cousin. The llama doesn't get much respect in many places in Peru -- it's the shaggy, blue-collar...

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Does Blogging Count?

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 11:44 AM


I was just informed that I am one of five finalists in my region (the South) competing for a CLASSY Award in the category of Volunteer of the Year. I'm deeply honored and happy about this, but somewhere inside I'm...

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What's the Buzz?

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 6:50 PM


If I were a (queen) bee, I can tell you where I'd be hiving out: in the lush, green highlands around Vrancioaia, Romania. First of all, the place is packed with orchards of apples, plums, pears, huckleberries and wild cherries, flowers, acacia trees,...

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A Scaredy-Cat Guide To Food In China

(7) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 9:30 AM

I was a tiny bit afraid of eating in China (because I'm a food wimp) but since I was going to Sichuan, China's spiciest province, (as the Global Blogging Ambassador for Heifer International) I knew at least my vegetables and tofu would be full of flavor and kick....

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The Price of a Chair in Haiti

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 2:21 PM


The day we drove up from the overwhelming crush and chaos of Port au Prince to the quiet rural town of Degand, Haiti, it was like taking blissful step back in time -- except that life isn't quite so blissful for the...

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Head in the Clouds

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 10:21 PM

(This post is from my first trip -- of 12 trips to 12 countries in 2012 -- as Global Blogging Ambassador for Heifer International, visiting some of the most poorest and most remote places on the planet. Best non-paying job ever!)

My first day visiting Heifer projects in...

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