***** We are on the move to end Alzheimer's this morning in Thousand Oaks, CA, and I wanted to mention that a few regular readers here at The 3 R's made generous donations to support our team's fund-raising efforts - thank you SO MUCH, folks, from my mother's daughters and their families! You helped boost our team into the Top Five fund-raisers (for awhile, anyway).
Also: FYI, the Alzheimer's Early Detection project was the first-place winner in the American Express Members Project voting - $1.5 million goes to the Alzheimer's Association to implement it!
>> The Members Project second-place winner is DonorsChoose.Org. The Los Angeles Moms Blog (along with its sister sites) is participating in the DonorsChoose.Org "Blogger Challenge" till the end of October. Through our leader board, you can make a donation (or two) to provide direct assistance with teachers' needs in Los Angeles-area public schools - any amount is welcome, so please consider helping to fund a project!
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Random reading, with a serving of economics
Possibly Useful Site of the Week: The Money Meltdown. Via my Monday-morning e-mail from VeryShortList.com (another useful site, BTW), it's
"a smartly simple website that helps you make sense of the financial crisis in even less time than it takes for the Dow to perform its morning plummet. Started a few weeks ago by an enterprising online journalist named Matt Thompson, TMM points you to the essential articles, podcasts, and studies."I've bookmarked it for reference - you might want to take a look for yourself.
The Silicon Valley Moms Bloggers tackled the economy on all of their sites this past Monday. My own contribution is here; the Los Angeles Moms Blog also features Kim's post on the value of financial education; Elizabeth's pondering about stock market crashes and October; Sarah's thoughts on having goals and "making do;" Jessica addresses her financial fears; and Nina's perspective that not much has changed for her family. Themed posts from all of the SVMB sister sites are rounded up and recapped here.
While "Economy Topic Day" sprang from a need to talk and blog about the immediate crisis surrounding Wall Street, it happened just a couple of days before the long-planned Blog Action Day 2008 spotlight on Poverty this past Wednesday. April talked about single parenthood and how poverty limits choice at It's All About Balance, while Los Angelista emphasized poverty's affects on children, and Margalit of What Was I THINKING? delved into poverty as a local community issue. Mauigirl collects assorted findings about the poor, and the MOMocrats made various aspects of poverty a group project. Career, HR, and personal-finance bloggers participated in Blog Action Day too, and the Wednesday "tip day" post at The Happiness Project proposes combating poverty through generosity.
While we're on the subject of money matters, 10 savings suggestions and 10 phases of personal-finance awareness.
Discussing politics and religion with your kids - how do you approach it, and how is it influenced by your upbringing? Also: what fuels a new political junkie
Anyone up for trading Columbus Day for a holiday on Election Day?
Hey lady (or mister)! Can you use a little help with basic HTML?
The human lifespan starts out like this, according to one 14-year-old:
0 - 1 Year
Still the pooping, screaming bundle of joy.
OK, she is pretty much on-the-money about this one.
2 - 5 Years
Growing up, but still can't do much.
Kinda right, but both she and her brother were able to do plenty. I have the gray hair and pictures to prove it.
The 14-year-old is Tall Girl, my stepdaughter - you can read the rest on her dad's blog.
Some people get offended when children are compared to puppies, but if you've known both, read this and then tell me you don't see a resemblance.
Remember that question I asked about Bloglines a couple of weeks ago? Apparently, it's not my feed - it's really a Bloglines problem. I feel slightly better now about the fact that Feedburner says I only have 10 Bloglines subscribers...
Book notes/wish list
Another Way Home, by Christa Parrish
The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff (quite a few bloggers have reviewed this, but Natasha's post offered some interesting perspective)