Do you remember the 29 children that died at Sandy Hook elementary school? A group of people around the world is trying to do just that and to bring something positive to the world, to give hope. So annually they’re organizing 29 days of Kindness. Every day followers are reminded of one of the children … More A gesture of kindness where it is most needed
It began in the late 1920s when Lou Henry Hoover, the wife of President Herbert Hoover, sat for a portrait taken by photographer Edward Steichen. The stately image appeared in the May 11, 1929 issue of Vogue—just a few months before the stock-market crash that precipitated the Great Depression—and started a now long-standing tradition of … More First Ladies in Vogue! First Ladies with power!
I first heard about No Name Calling Week over at Lesbian Family. I thought the idea was great. I have been thinking about bullying and what I want to say about it. This is a hard topic for me. I was bullied. But I was lucky– I have the personality and a strong support system … More No Name Calling Week
Being that I work overseas, you might expect that I would use today to talk about Trafficking in Persons in the country I live in currently (Albania). Or, the country I just came from (Kazakhstan). Or, the country where I did research on human trafficking (Chile). Or, the country where I knew children who were … More Human Trafficking Awareness Day
I have been visiting the US for the last two weeks— a wonderful time to eat seafood and all kinds of treats that I either can’t get in Almaty or that are too expansive or poor quality to want to buy in Almaty. In total– during the three weeks here– I am staying in 5 … More It the little things
In this photo: Elena, Clare and Ana. The cold war ended when I was still in school. I was mostly oblivious. I watched the wall crumble, but at that moment, I didn’t understand the importance. Over a decade later, I moved to Moldova as a Peace Corps volunteer. I was partnered with people, generally woman, … More The power of propaganda… life without Winnie the Pooh
If you get a group of Peace Corps volunteers together, I guarantee that you can get a wide variety of stories the involve outhouses– the good, the bad, the funny, and the unbelievably disgusting. I will assume that the readers here, don’t want to hear about that. For better or for worse, my stomach grew up … More The downside of growing up in the Lysol-age