Monthly Archives: May 2013

How long or short should your kid’s hair be?

What a great reminder this Huffington Post article is about letting our kids decide for themselves how long or short their hair should be. I’m guilty as charged. I admit I have my own agenda about what my kids’ hair “should” … Continue reading

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How NOT to help in times of a disaster

Someone on Facebook shared this excellent article on “disorganized generosity” in times of disaster. We all want to help but must do it well. In a nutshell, DO donate cash to reputable organizations, DO NOT ship blankets, shoes, clothing, stuffed animals, … Continue reading

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Teaching Yoga in Prisons

I met Meg O’Leary one rainy December in Seattle — thirteen years ago — when she and five other women gathered at my house for our first book group. Whenever Meg emailed us, she would start her greeting with, “Hello … Continue reading

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Stranger Danger: How One Child Recently Eluded a Potential Disaster

I read this article in today’s Seattle Times about 10- year old Isabel Carpenter’s run-in with a “man in a white van” and immediately felt that all-too familiar panicky feeling: this could happen to my child. Isabel was walking home … Continue reading

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Real vs. Fantasy Portraits?

Photographer Jaime Moore needed an idea for a birthday photo shoot of her daughter, Emma, who had just turned five.  Tired of all the Disney princess themes, she wanted REAL women for Emma to emulate (no pun intended). Check out … Continue reading

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GiveBig Article in Seattle Globalist Published!

The Seattle Globalist has published my profile of three Seattle organizations that don’t receive much media attention. Check it out!

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How To Choose an Organization to Donate to: GiveBig Seattle 2013

Give Big, which is happening tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, is a one-day, online giving event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation and its partners, to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area. Last year the fundraiser raised $8.8 million! … Continue reading

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Bill Gates Invests in Improving Teacher Performance

Bill Gates wants to help teachers get good and real feedback to improve their performance. Apparently the US is ranked 15th (tied with Iceland and Poland) in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in math. That’s not good enough for … Continue reading

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Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct

I am an animal lover and my 10 year-old daughter is too. Her latest crusade is to save endangered species, particularly the snow leopard.  She even sends part of her savings to the Snow Leopard Trust. I don’t know if … Continue reading

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One Mom’s Goal to Help her Son: The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Amy Hayes of Chicago, IL, is raising money for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), a national nonprofit organization that is the world’s leading private source for retinal disease research funding. On June 9, she and her family are participating in the eighth … Continue reading

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