Monthly Archives: January 2012

Diana Nyad: “Extreme” Swimming with Jellyfish

In September 2011, at age 61, American Diana Nyad attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Imagine swimming for hours and hours in salt water, through the day and night, experiencing hypothermia and other physical ailments, … Continue reading

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Kindness is a Boomerang

Watch this sweet video– it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I especially loved the different expressions on everyone’s faces.  Some people looked a little bewildered. Why should kindness be surprising?? It ought to be the norm! Thought it … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids About Money

As a kid, I certainly had no hesitation about spending the $1 allowance I got every week on Reese’s peanut butter cups and an Archie comic book. My parents weren’t extravagant spenders—they had four children to raise. My father was … Continue reading

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A Generosity “Tune-Up”

I stumbled across a philanthropy blog that piqued my interest. Sasha Dichter, the blogger, mentioned an interesting concept called “Generosity Day.” In fact, he gives a talk about his generosity experiment on Ted.com. Apparently, this is an opportunity to say “YES” … Continue reading

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Dream Ridiculously Big

Every year, as Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday approaches on January 15, my family takes turns reading aloud his famous “I have a dream” speech. We watch it on YouTube too. I am always deeply affected when I read and hear that … Continue reading

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Westside Baby: Providing Essential Items to Families in Need

I sat down to tea with Jolyn Mason, Development Director of Westside Baby, a nonprofit organization that gathers used items, such as clothing, bedding, toys, and equipment for children and babies, and distributes them to social services assisting low-income families … Continue reading

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Isabel Allende- an inspiring woman

Isabel Allende is an inspiration to me.  I’m not just talking about her books, most of which are quite wonderful.  Among my favorites: Paula, which produced one of the most stimulating and thoughtful discussions in my book group about death, mother-daughter … Continue reading

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