Lead in Your Plumbing?

The disastrous contaminated water situation in Flint, Michigan this year has alerted the populace across the country to the problem of lead contaminated water.  People were unaware of lead as a problem in the first place, unless you remember leaded paint and leaded gasoline.  Secondly, many of us have been unaware of how much lead is still used in our environment.  Why is lead such a problem?  There is no safe level for lead in the human body. … [Read more...]

The Leaning Feminist


The Leaning Feminist By Dr. Ramani Marissa Meyer, Sheryl Sandberg – we don’t play in the same sandbox by any stretch – but their wealth and visibility give them a chance to make noise about an issue that the rest of us continue to struggle with daily. Women getting ahead. Women having it all. Women leading. So why don’t we “lean in?” Lots of folks are weighing in on why we do, why we don’t, and, then come the old school debates on … [Read more...]

Rainwater Harvesting (Conserving A Precious Resource)

rain on waterlilies

Pitter patter, pitter patter. The sweet sound of rain, an especially lovely sound in Southern California. I stand in my open doorway, inhaling the scent of rain and wet earth. I am fascinated by the alternating rhythms of the weather, from the gentle drops to a sudden downpour. Suddenly there is the rumble of the thunder and the flashing of lightening. ‘Goodness!’ I think. ‘It’s a storm! How thrilling!’ And in moments, my street is … [Read more...]

Ripples In A Pond


I think I was struck most by the thought that the glimmer of an idea that came to me literally as I was washing my hands at a First Tuesday meeting, would have manifested itself a year later, living and breathing with unknown pulsing potential. In March of 2011, First Tuesday launched the Mentor Ring, with its vision of connecting First Tuesday members with women and children in need of support. Our first group of mentees were two families … [Read more...]

Global Girl Media: This Is Our World, My Voice


What if the voices of young women in communities around the world dominated global media? How would our world be different? I recently had the opportunity to work with eight young women from East Los Angeles in a media-training program aimed at bringing out these voices. It's called Global Girl Media. (http://www.globalgirlmedia.org) When I sat with the girls to talk about how they wanted to use their voices, they told me: "I want women … [Read more...]

Women Speak Out About What’s Gone Wrong With the U.S. Birthing System

HEALTH Flu 222747

“Women die in childbirth as a result of systemic failures including: barriers to accessing care, inadequate, neglectful or discriminatory care, and overuse of risky interventions like inducing labor and delivering via cesarean section.” -- Amnesty International For many of us who haven't yet been through childbirth, there's an image we have of what it's like: A woman is rushed to the hospital in a taxi; she gets put in a wheelchair and is … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Thought About Mentoring?


Have You Ever Though About Mentoring? Last month was National Mentoring Month. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 15 million young people in the United States are in need of a mentor. Have you ever thought about mentoring? You've probably heard that mentor programs help decrease youth violence, lessen drug abuse, reduce the high school dropout rate, and help send thousands of young people to college each year. This evidence … [Read more...]

Inviting Birds Into The Garden

salvia reduced

I was standing at my sink the other morning, when I saw it: this beautiful little bird, with black and white markings and a stunning yellow throat. Now, I don’t know what kind of bird it was, but I do know that seeing that bird absolutely delighted me. In some ways, it’s just common sense. Like every other creature, birds need three things: food, water, and shelter. If you can provide those things they will visit. All we need to do is … [Read more...]

Generosity: A Re-Wiring Process


Generosity: A Rewiring Process Does generosity mean giving money? In the last three weeks I’ve been examining my relationship with generosity and giving. I am very fortunate to have dear family and friends who are and have always been very generous with their time, love, advice, finances, support and so much more. However, I found myself wondering, “Am I as generous as them?” Not that it’s a competition. I just was curious. Little did I know … [Read more...]

Ideal or Real? — Maneuvering thru the Perfect Game

Perfection Obsession (2)

We as a culture are familiar with setting goals. We hear all the time, dream big. Create your reality. Which I agree with. I find value in setting goals, intentions, and getting clear on what I want in my life. However, I seem to be relearning a lesson that I’ve struggled with in the past. I can’t help but wonder, “Are we holding so strongly to an ideal that we can’t see what’s right in front of our face?” I first learned this lesson … [Read more...]