In Honor of My Mom & Others!

In helping make the world a better place and with changes happening due to Covid-19, I decided to participate in the Mothers’ Day Movement (MDM) founded by a small group of women. You might have read the book Half The Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, about the oppression of women and girls in developing countries. It is a sad yet excellent read. The bottomline is when we support women, the lives of children and their communities improve.

Mothers’ Day Movement researches what small charities in education, health care and other areas are helping women around the world in positive ways. Beneficiaries of donations are improving the lives of women in fields of women’s health, infant and maternal mortality, clean water and human trafficking, plus other areas with plenty of work still to do. Now MDM’s 10th beneficiary is Circle of Health International (COHI), a humanitarian organization equipping medical teams with medical supplies, medicines and training to serve the communities in which they are working.

In honor of my Mom, my sisters who are mothers too, and all of the mothers of the world, I am donating to this cause so they can bring life-changing funds to women and their families in need. If you are interested, donations can be made at mdm.cohintl.org

Thanks Mom for all you have done for me in my lifetime. This donation is being made in honor of you! Love you!

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms in the world!

Day 18: New

I can remember listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New York City’s Central Park, many years ago, as we all sprawled upon the grass to hear his words of wisdom. I have read Dalai Lama’s writings, so for today’s daily prompt, “new”, I am writing a book review. I have never written a book review before; “new” process for me!

For two American dollars I bought this book, The Little Book of Wisdom by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while trekking in Nepal in 2001. It is a very small book, 3×4 inches, and easy to throw in a backpack or pocket. The book is divided into parts for easy reading each with a statement made by the Dalai Lama. One does not need to be Buddhist or even spiritual to appreciate the important words. Topics include global issues, love and compassion, self-development, and happiness to mention a few. In one or two sentences per page there is a quick message to think upon during the day. One can re-read the statements year after year and probably find more wisdom from some than other statements. That is a positive for a book like this and as a result one may hold on to the book for years!

If you are interested in a quick word of wisdom, then check out this book!

Here is a global issue statement from the book, “The whole world is becoming smaller and smaller. The concept of ‘we’ and ‘they’ is gone, out of date.” That is a statement appropriate for today!

Day 14: Book

There are probably a few books that transformed me during my lifetime; however, one book I most remember is John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley. I recall he had a buck-toothed dog, Charley, traveling with him. He washed his dirty clothes in some container in the back of his vehicle that sloshed around as he drove. The book was entertaining for an 11 year old who simply wanted to know about adventure and travel and thought it a brilliant method to do laundry on the road!

In combination with camping and travel my family did the next 6 years, it prompted me to wonder and travel about the USA, then Europe, then the rest of the world. Now in the days of our current pandemic, I still explore places close to home, away from people, and enjoy learning about the local fauna and flora of the area. Steinbeck’s book made me realize early on in my life how enjoyable travel can be. I still love to travel!

Our local area in Arizona.

Read, Read, and Read!

Reading is important for many reasons:

  1. You are one person who can interact in your life with any type of person you read about: poor, wealthy, happy, sad, successful or not, and get strength or insight as you move yourself forward in your own life when interacting with people or in the situation yourself. That’s why I love biographies!
  2. You can learn new facts … not that you’ll necessarily remember them, but you know you can return to the reading material when you need the facts again. That’s why I love reference books: encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks.
  3. You can be buoyed in spirit, or not, dependent on the happy, hilarious or sad reading material. That’s why I like comic books, cartoons, survivor stories, soapbox tales.
  4. You can be motivated to better your personal health. That’s why I like books about food, exercise programs, the science of good health…mental, physical and emotional.
  5. You can be challenged to achieve a goal you set for yourself. Would it be climbing a mountain, swimming or trekking across vast distances, playing on a team or meeting your own personal goal? I love books specifically about mountain climbers and you will find your area of adventurers, athletes, explorers or humanitarians accomplishing great things and be motivated by the individual too. That’s why I love autobiographies, travel and adventure books!
  6. You can love, or like, some reading material. You do not have to like any or all that I like or love. It does not matter, simply read what you wish and you will determine what you will want to read more of, and it no doubt will change as you age…I believe, as I continue to read.

I read this quote:

We read to know we’re not alone            – by William Nicholson, Shadowlands

Reading does allow us to think about what we read. All brain activity is important from young to old, and especially as we age. This quote allows me to realize I am simply one person on this earth while I read about so many different people, places and ideas! How terrific is that?

It is wonderful to read! Take time to read! Today…