Sunday, November 27, 2011

perfect.. Chicks with Guns

I do not own this yet -

but I am looking forward to when I do...

Chicks with Guns by Lindsay McCrum

It was featured on NPR. NPR link

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Homeless Veterans - need our help

I saw a facebook post that grabbed my attention today -

If this does not stir somethign up inside of you, I am not sure what will.
Here are some facts.

VA estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
23% of the homeless population are veterans
33% of the male homeless population are veterans
47% served Vietnam-era
17% served post-Vietnam
15% served pre-Vietnam
67% served three or more years
33% were stationed in war zone
25% have used VA homeless services
85% completed high school/GED, compared to 56% of non-veterans
89% received an honorable discharge
79% reside in central cities
16% reside in suburban areas
5% reside in rural areas
76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems
46% are white males, compared to 34% of non-veterans
46% are age 45 or older, compared to 20% non-veterans

Veterans’ Children Also Carry the Burden of Hunger
Feed Our Vets

Homeless Women Veterans
Article from Huffington Post

Here are some ways to help.

Every Purchase Funds Meals for Homeless and Hungry Veterans.
The Veterans Site

Additional Facts

Just do something...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

What brought a huge smile today?

Driving to work and I ended up behind a truck and trailer loaded with Christmas trees.
The pine limbs were spilling out the side of the truck and all I could see were trunks bouncing in front of me.
I passed him because clearly he cannot accelerate over 50.
It was an early 70's blue Ford pick truck with the guy had on a flannel shirt gripping the steering wheel smiling.
Now that made me smile.
Hoping all of the trees find good homes and his truck trailer make through the season.
I am thankful for that small glimpse of real life today.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

TEDxPentagon - LT John Pucillo, USN - No Limits, No Excuses

Friday, November 11, 2011

Finished reading Maman's Homesick Pie

Finished reading this on my flight from Chicago to Detroit. I enjoyed the stories and the honest writing on these pages. Donia Bijan paints a beutiful story about her family and the trials they faced coming to the US from Iran.
Donia created her own path and followed her dream to become a chef.
The recipes look very tastey and she had me hooked on her very first recipe in the first chapter.
Persian Cardamom Tea.
Love Cardamom.. the smell, the taste and the memories
Link to National Geographic Traveler Article

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

take action


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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

FWD this Video: There's a Famine in the Horn of Africa

Floods in Thailand

Three months of heavy monsoon rain have flooded a third of the Thailand since late July, most severely in the Chao Phraya but also in the Mekong River basin. Northern and central areas were worst hit initially but now the run-off is draining south, threatening the capital city Bangkok as it combines with a seasonal high tide.

Thailand’s Meteorological Department has been issuing detailed and regularly updated forecasts. According to the most recent one, during 28-30 Oct, the moderate high pressure area from China extends to cover the Northeast of Thailand and the South China Sea. The westerly trough will move across the upper North of Thailand. During 31 October–3 November, another high pressure area from China will extend to cover upper Thailand causing cool weather.

hoping that the ground can find a way to absord this water!

Monday, November 07, 2011

do something...women and children in the Horn of Africa need you!

Right now 13.3 million people are in crisis because of the Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa.

This is the worst drought in 60 years, the worst famine in 20, and there is non-stop violence.

Today, you can make a big difference by taking part in FWD Day. It’s our massive push to spread awareness and ensure the Horn of Africa tragedy no longer goes overlooked.

Our goal is to generate 13M+ tweets and shares of the FWD facts. Celebrities like Uma Thurman, Josh Hartnett, Geena Davis, Lance Armstrong, and Anthony Bourdain are on board. Check out their videos at: But we need you to show your support too! Join the powerful FWD coalition by:

· Tweeting with the #FWD hash-tag,
· Sharing updates from the USAID Facebook page,
· E-mailing your friends and telling people about,
· Creating your own video on YouTube, or
· Texting “GIVE” to 777444 to donate $10.Saving lives doesn’t take a lot. It just takes a lot of us. Help us reach our goal of 13.3M shares—FWD facts, FWD relief!

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

support local charities - human trafficking task force