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I met the most amazing craftspeople when I was in Portland last week. Read my USA Today piece, 10 Portland makers who will make you say, “Please take my money!” and get all your holiday shopping done early!

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i can see clearly now, thanks to readers. com

Posted on January 26, 2014

Stanford readers

My new Stanford reading glasses from Readers.com.

Somewhere around my 50th birthday, my friends and I started holding restaurant menus up for each other across the table so we could read them. I held books at arm’s length and if my husband put something under my nose to take a look at, I had to push it a foot away to actually see it.

At my annual eye doctor visit, I marched in and announced, “Okay, I’m 50 now and I guess I’m finally going to have to get glasses.” He nodded, somberly, did his usual, extensive exam and said, “Nope, your vision is still 20/20.”

I was thrilled but thought he was nuts. I recounted my near-breakdown in the shower, when I couldn’t even remotely read the itsy bitsy print on the back of the expensive conditioner to find out how long to keep it in my hair. I skipped the part about throwing the bottle on the floor in frustration.

“You don’t need glasses,” he assured me. “You need a magnifying glass.” more »

great stuff you can buy (or win!) for yourself

Posted on December 27, 2013

Gifts to buy yourself

The holidays are over, but whether or not you got the gifts you were hoping for, here are a few must-haves that are inexpensive enough to treat yourself to and that you’ll probably find yourself using all the time. Leave a comment below and you just may win one of them! more »

blogging for good

Posted on November 2, 2013

Blogger Idol Week 5 Assignment: Write about a cause you’re passionate about, and introduce readers to two blogs you read regularly.

Shot@Life in KenyaI can’t wrap my head around the fact that a child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine.

Measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio are four of the deadliest and most debilitating diseases to children around the world, yet most of us take for granted that they will never harm our own kids – because we vaccinate them.

It costs only $20 to vaccinate a child against this quartet of killers – for life. Twenty dollars! more »


Posted on October 11, 2013


Today is the International Day of the Girl, and I’ve been struggling to write a meaningful post, wondering how I could possibly get across my deepest thoughts and heartfelt hopes.

Then I found this photo I took at the Social Good Summit a few weeks ago, and realized it says it all. more »

my oasis: healing with elephants in thailand by julie lemerond

Posted on August 18, 2013

Elephant Nature Park in Thailand

About a year ago, a friend of mine referred to us as “middle-aged” in a blog post. “What the heck is she talking about?” I thought. And then it dawned on me that we were turning 40 and, if an average female American life expectancy hovers somewhere around 80, then we are indeed “middle-aged.” Because I still get carded and people seem shocked when they find out how old I am, it’s hard to wrap my brain around the idea that I am halfway through life. more »

make a comment, save a life

Posted on August 18, 2013

Click to read about Blogust and how to save a child's life just by leaving a comment

In the blogging world, comments are currency. Any blogger will tell you there is nothing more valuable than having readers respond to a post.

This month – Blogust, as it should forever be known from now on – Shot@Life is taking that philosophy literally. Thirty-one well-known bloggers, including my friends Chloe Jeffreys and Darryle Pollack, are writing special posts, and Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child in need for every comment posted on those stories during August. more »

read my t-shirt

Posted on May 22, 2013

There’s nothing more comfortable than a soft, cotton t-shirt and nothing that feels better than knowing how much good that shirt does. I recently discovered MotherTongues — don’t you love that name?! — and knew these organic, free trade shirts that give back to charity were a big step up from my old concert t-shirts.

As a word person, I was intrigued by the messages the shirts were sending, but I’ll let founder Michelle Hamman — a woman I want to be friends with — fill you in on those. I’ll be reading her answers again while I’m curled up in the Ubuntu sweatshirt I’ll be wearing one day on my bucket list trip to Africa 🙂 more »

indego africa: changing women’s lives by design

Posted on May 21, 2013

I have always had a thing for Africa. It, by far, tops my bucket list, and I feel so deeply that it will be a life-changing experience for me when I finally get there.

In the meantime, I was lucky to be invited by The Mission List to review some products from the amazing Indego Africa website. Indego stands for Independence, Development and Governance, and this fair trade nonprofit is providing all of those by partnering with cooperatives of women artisans in Rwanda to sell their gorgeous handcrafts around the world. All – yes, all – of the profits are then used to train these women in business, literacy and computers. The social impact Indego Africa has already made is astounding; just check out the statistics here.

This is a fantastic social enterprise in itself but the products are so beautiful, they raise it to a whole different level. In fact, because it’s design-driven and considers itself a fashion company with a social mission, you can find many of Indego Africa’s pieces at places like Anthropologie, Nicole Miller and J. Crew. more »

look good feel better: the new psa for #lgfb week

Posted on April 30, 2013

Share this powerful new PSA from Look Good Feel Better with the women in your life who are undergoing cancer treatment. It may change their lives.


myrdin thompson – change agent and shot@life champion

Posted on April 23, 2013

A couple of months ago, I wrote about my experience as a newly-appointed Shot@Life champion, flying across the country to advocate on Capitol Hill for vaccinations for children around the world.

Shot@Life celebrates its first birthday this week, which also happens to be Global Immunization Week (April 24-30). One of the ways we’re marking this milestone is by interviewing champions and encouraging our readers to become champions themselves. I’ll give you more details about that at the end of this post but, first, let me introduce Myrdin Thompson, who is now  mentor as well as a champion. She is an amazing person, and she will inspire you to get involved and see that every single one of us can make a difference. more »

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