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Bono Needs You

In my younger years, I spent days listening to U2’s dvds (and cassettes, too, admittedly) screaming, “With or without you.” Well, now U2 front man Bono is pushing for change and he has good news.

In a TED conference in February Bono said, “The number of people living in backbreaking, soul-crushing, extreme poverty has declined from 43 percent of the world’s population in 1990 to 33 percent by 2000. And then to 21 percent by 2010. Halved! It’s heart stopping! If you live on less than $1.25 a day, if you live in that kind of poverty, this is not just data. This is everything. This rapid transition is a route out of despair and into hope.” On the trajectory Bono presented, by 2030 there will be zero people living on less than $1.25 per day.

But Bono knows this trend won’t continue “with or without you.” It needs to be nurtured by governments that are eyeing cuts to charitable programs and supported by people so governments don’t make those cuts.

Bono is hoping that the spread of the facts…

Jennifer Lawrence, A Real Winner

Streep's Women

The two weeks I missed doing blogs during my mother's sickness were around the Academy Awards and I was going to do a series on what charities the stars support. In honor of my mother, the first star I’m going to feature is Meryl Streep. Streep was one of her favorite actresses. She’s an amazing actress who’s won numerous Academy Awards, Emmys, Screen Actors Guild awards and even a Cannes Film Festival award.
She also acts as National Spokesperson for the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Last Friday was International Women’s Day. The Women’s Museum is still a dream that hasn’t come true yet with legislation in Congress to be passed before it can become a reality.
But NWHM has already gotten a monument of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony out of its 76‑year confinement in the Capitol Crypt to the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol so that DC visitors can see this testament to the contributors of the women’s suffrage movement. This year marked the 100th ann…

Family

Since November of 2011 when I started this blog, I have not missed a Friday of blogging, until the last two weeks. My mother has been very ill and she has passed on into heaven and that’s why I’ve missed the last two weeks.
I’m not sure what to write. I still have lots of topics about charity and volunteering that I can use, but right now they seem kind of distant. Usually I love writing about people doing good and causes we can support in fun ways.
Today I want to talk about just loving your family and appreciating them. In 20001 we moved back to Florida to be near our families. My husband’s and my family both lived within a few counties of each other back then and they have since moved into adjoining counties.
As a result our then five month old has grown up knowing his grandparents, something I never really got to experience. My family moved from Massachusetts down to Florida before I was born. So, although we did go visit them, I didn’t really know my grandparents.
We live in a mob…