Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Mother Huddle

I just discovered a very cool blog called The Mother Huddle (TMH) via Kirtsy.  This is a description of the blog as taken directly from their site:

The Mother Huddle is just as the name suggests-a place where mothers can gather and share all the things they would if they were huddled up on a blanket in the park.  We are a group of mothers scattered across the country with varying interests, talents and ideas that we share with each other  (and anyone else willing to listen) in the form of a blog and seven weekly articles. 

Features of TMH site:
Handmade gift exchange (give a handmade gift, get a handmade gift)
Reader Reviews (fun reviews readers do for us)
Our  weekly articles:
  • Make it Monday (totally random projects you can do yourself)
  • Maria’s Kitchen(the funnest food segment, seriously she’s a hoot)
  • Crafty Kids Corner (fun, crafty things to do with kids)
  • Kate’s Fabulous Finds (product review, or anything fabulous)
  • A Simply~Charmed Life (inspiration for leading a fuller life)
  • Sew be It (fabric, sewing machines, and a seam ripper, need we say more?)
  • The Bullet List (inspiring people get up to twenty bullet points, totally unpredictable!)
The following images were taken from features on their blog:
The Bullet List {Balance and Simplify}

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Jeff Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, Josh Goleman

This is totally coincidental, but also totally CRAZY to me.

Hubby and I went to see The Blind Side (great movie, by the way) this weekend, and were watching the trailers for the upcoming films that are being promoted.  The trailer for Crazy Heart begins, and in the first few seconds of it, I lean over and say "Hey, it's Kris Kristofferson!"  Hubby says, no, that's Jeff Bridges.  He's right, it is Jeff Bridges.  See for yourself in the trailer below:

Tonight, I decide to hop on over to Josh Goleman's blog to see what he's been posting.  I run across his post for a video that he shot of Ryan Bingham for the movie Crazy Heart and think, "No way.  That's the same movie that I saw the trailer for this weekend and was thinking that Jeff Bridges was Kris Kristofferson."

I continue on my merry way scrolling through his blog and check out some of his older posts.  I get to the third page and I kid you not, see a post titled "Kris Kristofferson Music Video."  NO way!  Well, apparently Josh shot a video of Kris Kristofferson in Austin back in October.  Love it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Illuminate Necklace Giveaway at The Pleated Poppy

Lisa Leonard has designed a new necklace called the illuminate necklace, and she's giving 2 of them away to 2 lucky readers of Lindsey Cheney's blog, the Pleated Poppy!  Check out Lindsey's post here to get details on entering to win 1 of the necklaces.  I have 2 of Lisa necklaces and L-O-V-E them.  You can bet that I've entered the contest!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Help Launch IMAlive: a live online crisis network

The Issue

19 million Americans struggle with depression & untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide. 2/3 of people who struggle with depression never seek treatment. There are an estimated 840,000 suicide attempts & more than 32,000 people die by suicide in America each year.

Many people are unwilling or unable to reach out to traditional crisis hotlines. Studies show that compared to telephone and face-to-face communication, people are most comfortable / willing to reach out for help online via written communication. More than ever, people are communicating through instant messaging & phone texting. The primary current forms of crisis intervention and suicide prevention are telephone hotlines and face-to-face (i.e. counseling and treatment centers).

There is a tremendous need for an online network.

TWLOHA has an online audience of over 500,000. Since 2006, we have responded to more than 100,000 messages from people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

The Plan

TWLOHA is partnering with Kristin Brooks Hope Center to launch IMAlive, the first live online crisis network with 100% of its staff certified & trained in crisis intervention. Since 1998, 1-800-SUICIDE has responded to more than 3 million calls from people in crisis.

KBHC built the National Hopeline Network by networking 200 community crisis centers through national toll-free numbers, 1-800-SUICIDE/SUICIDA. KBHC developed the software necessary for location-based routing to allow for appropriate referrals as well as emergency rescue. KBHC will develop state-of-the-art tools to manage routing of chats & crisis calls/chats.

Need: 1,000 volunteers to launch. Minimum of 50 hours training as well as a series of tests & screenings.

Training costs $250 per person & will be provided by the QPR Institute, regarded as the leader in crisis intervention training.

Our plan is to use the internet to allow thousands of trained crisis line workers to create the first virtual crisis call center.

The Outcome

Once launched, IMAlive will allow crisis responders to reach millions of people through its custom built instant messaging service.

IMAlive will provide online support to people who are unwilling or unable to make phone calls to traditional crisis hotlines.

The IMAlive network will provide access to online crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be the first crisis network with 100% of its staff and volunteers certified and trained in crisis intervention.

We’re currently in the BETA testing phase of IMAlive training. We plan to have training for 1000 volunteers completed by end of Summer 2010. IMAlive will launch Fall 2010.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti Emergency

Gifts to support UMCOR's Haiti Relief efforts can be made to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325. Checks can be made to UMCOR with Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency in the memo line. Checks can be put in the church's offering plate or mailed to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087
Online donations may be made here.  You can designate funds to Haiti Earthquake.

100% of gifts made to this advance will go to help the people of Haiti.

Photos Source: Reuters

Monday, January 4, 2010

All You Need Is Love

On December 7th, 2009 at 1:30pm GMT Starbucks invited musicians from all over the world to sing together at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa. In that one breathtaking moment, musicians from 156 countries played "All You Need is Love" together. Watch now, as musicians from all around the world come together and share a song.

Join in by lending your own voice to Watch streaming video from countries around the world and then join in by singing All You Need is Love yourself. For each video submitted, Starbucks will make a contribution to the Global Fund to help fight against AIDS in Africa. You can also help increase the Starbucks contribution to the Global Fund by submitting a drawing to the Love Gallery.