Thank you Matthew Weiner, for creating a world that we could luxuriate in and learn from. And thank you for ending it on a largely optimistic note. These days, we need every ounce of hope we can get.
If you were to look at my past and present passports, you'd see a host of nations stamped on it that the White House has historically considered an adversary, an "axis of evil" state, or a security threat.
2015 is a year filled with tremendous opportunity to lift children, communities, and families out of extreme poverty and to make great strides in tackling climate change. It's also a year marked by a temporal rarity -- a leap second.
If it's lives that matter, what is the effect of repeatedly viewing death? For my own part, it has gotten to the point where I can no longer watch. When upcoming "new video" is teased as news, I have to turn away from the spectacle of trauma that feeds the news machine and the produces the distilled outrage of social media.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming Carbon Dioxide Levels Tick Past 400 ppm Reversing CO2 ...
Hate crimes, discrimination and microaggressions are issues currently facing all American institutions of higher education -- public and private, secular and religiously affiliated, progressive and conservative.
Following the Obama Administration's announcement on December 17, 2014 of a warming of the 53-year chill between the US and Cuba, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera returned to her homeland intending to stage a performance work titled #YoTambienExijo [I Also Demand].
Feminism taught me how to stand up for myself and for others. It continues to aid in my long struggle to love my body by telling me that I am more than my outward appearance. Feminism taught me that every person carries a multitude of interlocking identities that affect how the world views and treats him or her.
I'm the girl that took the picture of the soldier and child in Baltimore that went viral. I meant to capture a sad moment, one of wasted resources and failure. Who knew that so many people think all of our race and economic problems could be solved if someone would just think to smile at a child?
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
With so much angst and unrest unfolding throughout the world, most of which we're made aware of in minute-by-minute bursts, the pressure to show our social activism bona fides is intense, ofttimes bearing down like a hurricane with an agenda.
While I am tremendously proud of all the organizing efforts that are taking place all over the country, I don't think we have spent much time thinking about where we are going. I think this is partly due to the fact that many people are just trying to survive.
This week in daily giving we were honored to provide funding that helps make life better for people around the world. From a culturally sensitive Ebola-eradication effort in Sierra Leone to a free/low-cost means of legal support for African Immigrants in Texas, our daily giving community at The Pollination Project is happy to announce the seven micro-grants we've made this week.
I realized as the tears ran down my face that I had adopted a stoic stance about these things; all week I hadn't allowed myself to feel the sadness of what Freddie Gray, his family and Black Baltimoreans, young and old had suffered.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Global Warming in 60 Seconds - a good summary of the main facts, done in 1950s...
Among other research and policy initiatives aimed reducing the maximum volume of suffering for the minimum philanthropic investment, GiveWell is sending mosquito nets to Africa, hoping to save children from malaria.