#WATWB: Health Equity in the U.S.

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’ve chosen to spotlight the Director of the White House’s Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force. Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, who is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, has a huge task in front of her as she addresses disparities related to the pandemic and how people are treated for the illness. You can read about Dr. Nunez-Smith and what she hopes to accomplish HERE and HERE.Read more

#WATWB – Hope in a Poet

When day comes we step out of the shade,aflame and unafraidThe new dawn blooms as we free itFor there is always light,if only we’re brave enough to see itIf only we’re brave enough to be it ~Amanda Gorman~ By now, most of you have heard of this young, twenty-two year old poet laureate who spoke so eloquently and intelligently at the U.S. Presidential Inauguration on January 20th. Amanda Gorman is a shining star in the world, a bright light, aRead more

#WATWB – Friendly Fridges and Freedges

No matter what you call them – fridges or freedges – they are a much needed blessing and service to the communities in which they reside. You can read about the fridges/freedges of New York and Los Angeles HERE and HERE. For many, regular meals are not regular and possibly non-existent on many days. The fridges/freedges help to feed the hungry without cost. The donated food contained therein is free. “At community refrigerators, anyone is welcome to take whatever theyRead more

#WATWB: There’s a First for Everything

For the September edition of We are the World Blogfest, I am focusing in on a cyclist who has become the first tribally recognized Native North American to participate in the Tour de France, a multiple stage bike race, which was held from August 29 to September 20, 2020. The modern-day edition of the Tour de France consists of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi), an average of about 167 kilometersRead more

#WATWB: Coming Together

I’m certain everyone has seen the images on TV and social media and knows of the protests since the shooting of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. Needless to say, there is a call for transformation within police departments across the country and the equal treatment of the black community in America – not just by police, but by all citizens. In clicking on THIS LINK, you’ll read four stories of communities and peopleRead more

#WATWB: Restaurant Inclusive

This month’s #WATWB highlights the hiring inclusivity shown by three U.S. business owners: Stephanie and Mark Cartier of the No Limits Cafe in Middletown, NJ. The cafe’s mission is to “empower adults with intellectual disabilities by providing jobs and job training to help them lead fulfilling lives within the community and to increase awareness of their potential.” Tom Landis of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream in Dallas, TX. From their website: “Howdy Homemade is on a relentless pursuit to provide employmentRead more

#WATWB: Playing a Positive Game

“An Appleton North High School student created a board game to teach financial skills and safety awareness to people with intellectual disabilities.” You can watch a video and read about high school student Paige Givens and her board game, SuperConsumers, HERE. I don’t know Paige personally, but am very proud of her accomplishment and desire to help others in need. I wish her much success for the future as I believe it will be an extremely bright one. You canRead more

Breaking for Pie and Family

  I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next ten days to two weeks. The brother bought me a plane ticket to Washington, D.C., for a long Thanksgiving weekend. There will be food and drink and laughs and perhaps a ride or two on the metro or in brother’s car. I haven’t been there in about three years, so I plan to be focused on doing the many things as I can in four full days rather thanRead more

#WATWB: Restaurant of Order Mistakes

Most of you know that I lost my mother in February to the complications of age and dementia. Dementia is a disease that I witnessed firsthand and one that had me always looking for the bright spots as mom’s memory and health declined. So, it’s no surprise that the following story captured my complete attention and heart. It comes from Tokyo, Japan. The story is from 2017, but its premise is completely positive for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “TheRead more

#WATWB: An Artistic Mission

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’m sharing a link to a post I published in August of 2016. I’ll give you a few minutes to read HERE and come back to the present. UPDATE: Arts Camp is going stronger than ever and there have been a few changes of note since 2016. In 2018, approximately 430 kids signed up for Arts Camp and this year there were about 535. The program keeps growing! It continues to be aRead more

#WATWB: The Light of Hope and Restoration

Construction on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris began in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was largely complete by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. Over the next 859 years, Notre Dame was desecrated during the French Revolution, progressively stripped of original decoration, works of art and religious imagery, and considered for demolition after the Napoleonic Wars. On the evening of April 15, 2019, while undergoing renovation and restoration, the roof of Notre-Dame caughtRead more

#WATWB: Kindness by Accident

“When you see someone doing the wrong thing, you need to do the right thing.” ~Ziarra Griffin~ When an 11 year old witnessed a hit-and-run, it would have been easiest to walk away. But that’s not Ziarra Griffin, who Andrew Sipowicz will “remember for the rest of my life.” “The piece of art that put Ziarra Griffin on national television was drawn on a whim in the back seat of her mother’s SUV. It happened a few weeks ago onRead more