Don’t believe in the power of social media and community? Check out this story.
A client of the local nonprofit SideWalk came in today with a mesmerizing story of survival - we’ll call her Sarah. Last year Sarah went to another state to help her daughter and her two grandchildren get out of a domestic violence situation. Everything that happened next nearly ruined their lives. The perpetrator committed horrible acts of violence against Sarah, her daughter, and her grandchildren.
Amazingly enough Sarah and her family are rebuilding their lives. Sarah is going back to work this weekend as a licensed practical nurse.
With help from advocates at SideWalk and the Family Support Center they found and approved for an apartment, the only problem was they needed $300 to move in by Thursday as their time at the shelter they had been staying at came to and end. If they didn’t find the $300, they would lose the apartment.
SideWalk and social media to the rescue!
Advocates at SideWalk reached out on their Facebook page and their blog asking for donations. 6 people at $50, 10 people at $30, 30 people at $10 - any of those combinations is all it would take.
Well good news! It worked. The $300 was raised and Sarah and her family won’t be left out in the cold.
Today, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced that she would introduce a bill that, if passed, would allow same-sex marriage in Washington State. My view has always been that love is a feeling and emotion and knows no boundaries such as gender or race. Therefore, it’s time to stop discriminating and give gays and lesbians the opportunity to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
The speech announcing the legislation was historic and I have copied and pasted some of my favorite quotes and themes.
I love good journalism and the story on Pakistan in December’s Atlantic is journalism at its best. Well written and a must read if you’re interested in our dysfunctional relationship with them.
Here’s the link to the article. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/12/the-ally-from-hell/8730/
It’s that time of year where everyone sets resolutions for the new year. Rather that set resolutions, I like to set specific goals for the new year. What better way to hold myself accountable than posting them publicly. Here are a few of my goals for the new year.
I’m blessed to live in such an amazing part of the country. Here are some of my favorite hikes from 2011.
1) Mt. St. Helens Climb - Worm Flows Route
This was the big hike of the year. 9 hour hike. Climbed and summited July 2011. Absolutely amazing views. Everyone should try this hike.
Do you believe? Does the spirit of Christmas still exist or has it been handed over to companies and marketing geniuses?
As I sit here on Christmas Eve with a glass of wine awaiting for friends to arrive for dinner, I ponder that very question.
Christmas, as you know, has become mostly a commercial holiday in America. Christmas trees were decorated in stores nationwide before Halloween was over!
However, if you truly look around, you’ll see the Christmas spirit is everywhere.