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celebrate national family caregivers month with random acts of kindness

Posted on November 17, 2015

Michael hospice award from White House

November is National Family Caregivers Month — the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the 40 million unpaid caregivers in the United States.

Surprisingly most caregivers — those who attend to someone else’s daily needs — are not paid professionals but are simply family members or friends who are also working and managing their own families at the same time.  For many, the caregiving role starts with simple things like scheduling a doctor’s visit or helping with daily errands, but gradually expands over time, until it becomes a major commitment in their lives.

These caregivers admit their lives have changed with this new role, often for the worse. One in five say they are unhappier and one in three say they feel sad or depressed.  That’s why AARP has created a community where caregivers can connect with experts and other caregivers and find information and tools.

This month, the Ad Council and AARP are kicking off a fantastic Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers campaign, designed to show caregivers they’re valued and appreciated. more »

macy’s celebrates 10 years of the rwanda path to peace initiative

Posted on October 25, 2015

Rwanda Path to Peace two women

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency. All opinions are, as 
always, 100% my own. Note: Please click on the links even if you 
see strikethroughs, which I can't seem to get rid of. They still
work and this is such an important cause.

I have always believed that female energy has the power to change the world, and Macy’s Rwanda Path to Peace initiative absolutely proves that’s true.

In 1994, more than a million people were massacred in the tiny African country of Rwanda in a violent ethnic cleansing. In a period of 100 days, 20% of the population was slaughtered. It was one of the worst genocides in human history yet the rest of the world went about its business, oblivious to the horror and suffering.

With so many men dead or in jail, the women of Rwanda, most of whom found themselves suddenly needing to become the breadwinners of their families, took it upon themselves to do what needed to be done. The Hutu and Tutsi women, representing both sides of that deadly genocide, came together to weave baskets of peace.

Politicians and world leaders could learn a big lesson from them. more »

care knows how, dollars to doughnuts

Posted on March 16, 2015

Biti Rose

This post is sponsored by CARE. All opinions are, as 
always, 100% mine. Please click on the sponsored links
because this is an amazing organization. Photo credit:
Brian Feagans/CARE

When I read that CARE was helping to beat poverty with doughnuts, I knew I had to write about this empowering and life-changing campaign. After all, these are subjects dear to my heart and I am someone who believes doughnuts are the answer to a surprising number of problems.

Although pretty much everyone has heard of CARE, you may not be aware of some of the creative ways the humanitarian organization is improving the lives of people in some of the poorest communities in the world.

So let me tell you about the doughnuts. more »

#1000speak for compassion – and i speak for 5

Posted on February 20, 2015


#1000speak was born just a little over a month ago when Yvonne Spence and Lizzi Rogers put out the call for bloggers to write about compassion and flood the internet with good on February 20.

I immediately signed up and so did more than 1000 others. If there’s one thing bloggers can always be counted on, it’s to come together for a cause.

And, right now, there’s no cause more important than compassion. more »

how to help global volunteers without leaving home!

Posted on January 21, 2015

St. Lucia Project

One of the biggest trends in travel, especially for baby boomers, is the idea of volunteer vacations. Michael and I did this last summer at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, and our good friends, Ruth and Dan, are heading off with Global Volunteers in a couple of weeks to work on the St. Lucia Project. more »

5 gifts that give back

Posted on December 11, 2014

Desmond Tutu quote

I love this quote because it’s a reminder that we can all do a little bit of good every time we do anything — even when we shop for holiday gifts.

I’ve come to realize that the only way to foster change is to put your money where your mouth is and support companies that give back in some way. Here are five great options for gifts that give back. They’ll make your recipients happy and they’ll make a real difference in the world. more »

b is for bark. it’s celebrate shelter pets day!

Posted on December 2, 2014

Celebrate Shelter Pets

Thanks to Element Associates for sponsoring this post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Today is the fifth annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day and, as an animal lover, I can’t think of anyone who more deserves their own day than these beautiful cats and dogs who just want a loving home. more »

celebrating jane wilde during national family caregivers month

Posted on November 17, 2014

Theory of Everything wedding picture

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and I’m thrilled to partner with Midlife Boulevard to bring you this important public service information.

I recently saw The Theory of Everything, which immediately became one of my favorite movies of the year and will probably win a Best Actor Oscar for Eddie Redmayne who portrays world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

What struck me most about the film, though, is that, to me, it’s really the story of Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), who was not only Hawking’s lover, wife and the mother of his children but also his caregiver. It is unlikely he would have lived as long as he did, never mind accomplish so much and write a bestselling book that sold more than 10 million copies, without her unwavering support and sacrifice.

So, when my friends at Midlife Boulevard invited me to participate in a campaign to raise awareness for National Family Caregivers Month, I had to do it in honor of Jane. more »

join the alzheimer’s prevention registry and help prevent alzheimer’s

Posted on November 4, 2014

Alzheimer's statistics

Banner Alzheimer's Institute sponsored this post. Opinions are mine. 

Julianne Moore is already receiving Oscar buzz for her role in Still Alice, the upcoming movie based on Lisa Genova’s bestselling novel about a 50-year-old Harvard professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

The story is so powerful and sobering, I can’t stop thinking about it.

In fact, I test myself every day on the name and address Alice’s neurologist asks her to remember — that she can’t.

John Black. 42 West Street, Brighton.

Because November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and also National Family Caregivers Month, it seemed like the right time to tell you about some hopeful and innovative research projects taking place to combat Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved. more »

freewaters: shoes that look good, feel good and do good

Posted on October 20, 2014


How cute are these shoes?!

I am in love – LOVE – with my new Freewaters and, most of all, with the fact that each pair provides clean drinking water to those in need. more »

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