Archive for December, 2011

This post was originally meant to be posted on Thanksgiving, but I never got around to finishing it let alone posting it.  Nor have I gotten around to writing another one since. It seems my new found lack of work stress has caused me to be a little too lackadaisical in terms of keeping up with the blog.  So here is yet another random grouping of ideas from yours truly..

I am going to cut right to the chase and direct to you this web site, http://www.girleffect.org/question. This is a site that promotes the support of girls and how doing so will help them  change the world. Having been lucky to interact with young women on a daily basis for the last 13 years of my life through my job, this project is near and dear to my heart.  This time last year I posted about the end of poverty, and this project  is directly related to that.  Without going too much into it The Girl Effect is centered around the idea that by empowering young girls, we can bring poverty to its knees.  Check out the web site for all of the specific details. I also encourage you to check out kiva.org and empower a female entrepreneur by providing her with a micro-loan. My LP5 class has been translating the profiles for Turkish entrepreneurs.  It has been a good lesson  both in language learning and helping others.

With Thanksgiving nigh, the web is full of suggestions and articles on why and how you should be thankful this holiday season.  To be completely honest,  I give thanks on a daily basis.  In my short 36 years on this earth I have seen and read enough to know that I have it pretty good. Just pick up  Gbowee’s Mighty Be Our Powers, check out Al Jazeera and read about what is happening in Syria or visit the ghettos of Istanbul and this notion will hit home poignantly.  This doesn’t mean that I stroll through life all Pollyanna and happy clappy– I have my days where breadcrumbs left on the counter (a major pet peeve of mine) makes me grumble or the thought of marking yet another load of student essays makes me want to run screaming–it just means that I am acutely aware that I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am, so I do. What are you thankful for?


Read Full Post »