I just learned of a program starting up in my area. It’s called Showers to the People. The organization has a mobile shower-truck that alternates among several locations. It parks and invites homeless people to come in and take a hot shower. The people also receive a hot meal and clean clothing.
This is so important. You know how you feel when you’re grungy and smelly and in dirty clothes after work, gardening, or whatever. You don’t feel “human” again until you’re cleaned up, right? People living on the streets or in their cars are no different. A shower, fresh clothes, and a full stomach pick up their spirits and allow them to endure another day of a hard life. It makes a big difference, too, for those who are searching for work–not only in presenting a fresh appearance but also in building their confidence so they have a chance at employment that will turn their lives around.
Picture row after row of shy, anxious, unwanted dogs in their little shelter cubicles. Enter a group of children bearing books. They scope out the most timid, frightened dogs and sit on the floor in front of them, open their books, and start reading to them. By the end of a single children’s book, the dogs are more relaxed and actually interacting with the children.
The dogs win: they become more open and trusting of humans, making them cuter and more adoptable.
The children win: they learn empathy while practicing their reading skills.
The World Health Organization tells us, “Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.” — That seems like reason enough for us to do something. What? Read the article.
Do you have a Family Giving Tree in your area? If so, please support it with a box of crayons, a notebook or two, a soft pencil pack, a ruler, or an entire backpack filled with these things and other items kids need to start the school year. You can even donate a backpack online. How easy is that? AND some stores will either sell you a filled backpack or give you one when you buy one for your own child.
Why give to programs like this? Because educated kids can change lives, in their families, communities, and the world. Yet 16 million American kids arrive at school the first day too poor to provide their own necessary supplies.
I don’t normally ask for donations in my blog, but I’m making an exception this time, because it’s something most of us can easily afford and–here’s the important part–IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!
Someone please explain the facts of life to me. Whether it’s news or a Hollywood event, there’s a big difference in how men and women are photographed. The cameras will capture a male through a full-body shot and move forward to his upper body, often including his arm around a woman and a bright smile. Photos of women are different, though. They often start at the feet and move slowly up the body, capturing legs, butt, and boobs.
Maybe we’re just being shown the lovely/extravagant/outrageous dress the woman is wearing. But the men don’t always wear conservative business suits. Maybe it’s because the women strike model-poses that emphasize their figure. But the men strike manly poses and do manly things, like encircling their “arm candy.” Could it be that the women enjoy the attention more than men? Come on…we’re talking prominent people who earn a living based largely on their looks.
It’s time for camera-people to start at the men’s shoes and work slowly up, panning slowly past the crouch and up past the trim belly and tight butt and up to the $500 haircut.
No, I guess not, because that might be considered obscene.
Ever see the movie “The Great Debaters”? About a teacher (Denzel Washington) who did the unthinkable at his mainly Black Texas college—he formed a debate team. In 1935, people were more inclined to shake their heads at the endeavor than to believe that the team would actually go on to challenge Harvard.
Since then, Harvard has formed the Harvard Debate Diversity Program. This year, Southern Black students from Atlanta debated Harvard–and won!
It’s encouraging to watch these students–and Harvard–progress.
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