One of my best friends lost one of her best friends this week. Sydney was a 13-year-old mixed-breed bundle of love and was my friend's "soul dog." If you've ever had one of your own, you know what I mean. I can't say I know exactly how she feels, but unfortunately, I have an idea.
Battle Of The Sexes,
It's hard not to fall into sexism as the mother of sons. It's hard not to look at your friend's daughters as potential wives to your future head of the household. I know, I know, you can't say it. But you think it when no one is looking.
That summer taught me that you can have your heart broken and still be OK; that moments of foolishness make you wise; that part of dating is learning what you don't want; and that you have to love yourself before anyone worthwhile ever will.
AmeriCorps members have completed over one billion hours of service since 1994, and have had an immense impact on mobilizing communities to work together for a more promising future. As a former VISTA volunteer, I know firsthand the tremendous impact volunteering can have for both the volunteer and the community.
We have to teach our children (and ourselves) that caution is often a sign of courage. That often NO is as brave an answer as YES.
Environmental changes, medications and allergen immunotherapy are effective strategies that can help pet allergy sufferers to treat their symptoms and live with a pet allergy while still keeping their best friend around.
I got to see him be a regular kid and run around and grow up. I felt like I could tell my next patients, "I know you can do it," because I saw Joel come through it.
Animal Rights Activists,
The Pollination Project,
Good News News
That was the beginning of how I started thinking how every choice I made had an impact, so with those choices, I had the power to create harm or good.
Women In STEM,
Recently, I asked my folks to contribute names of impressive women in the STEM field who really have their boots on the ground. We got some really good responses, and have compiled an abbreviated list in no particular order.
Although I showed her kindness and respect, I questioned what I could have done differently, how I might have been able to help her.
Like many bullies, JP Butler started out as the one who was bullied. What's different about JP's story is that his next transformation took him from bully to a bullying prevention leader and activist.
What i'Ve Learned About Motherhood,
At night I write down things in my journal that surprised me most that day, along with moments that spoke to my heart and inspired me. Most of the time, I'm writing about my son and daughter. Here are a few ways they have surprised me most.
How's your to-do list looking today? Lot's of really important stuff that you must get done to keep things moving on the work and home front? I get it. But what I would also like you think about is what can come off the list
How do we shield our children from news of these horrific events? Is it even possible? I talk to a colleague whose kindergartner has missed several days of school while the manhunt for the shooter in the woods ensues.
Everyone's celebrating food holidays lately, but it's always the same ones -- National Ice Cream Day, National Doughnut Day, National Noodle Ring Day (wait... what?). Let's get away from the mainstream options and celebrate ones that are sexier (because they're international, come from a sincere place, or will just impress...
When Tanzy first came to Tabby's Place, no one knew whether or not she would survive the animal attack that left the day old kitten without the use of her back legs.
We all hear of celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and business contributing their time, name or money to help make the world a better place. Far less common is public recognition for the huge number of people who find some creative way to improve our lives or the lives of others.
New York City,
Food For Thought,
I'm not just dining from the dumpster to meet my needs though. I'm doing this to inspire America to stop throwing away food.
The assignment was for each student to present a persuasive discourse about why he or she deserved the cash, with the class voting and the winning speaker getting it all (and no, no one was allowed to vote for themselves).
Ebola Health Care,
International Medical Corps,
I sigh with relief. We've lost many patients since opening the ETU almost two weeks ago, but tonight -- my very last night here -- it doesn't look like anyone's going to die.