Thursday, May 28, 2009

~~Remind me~~

To tell you about--

  • Epernay
  • Dealing with the French with humor and humility, at the same time.
  • Learning the Metro
  • Getting ripped off at the Eiffel Tower
  • Using the toilette--etiquette, that is.
  • Buying razors in a strange land
  • Taliban on the train
  • Smiling to the French--don't
  • Being accosted on the Champs Eylesees
  • I am sure there is more for me to stay tuned.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May is National Foster Care Month

The Big Truth

Over 500,000 children life in the foster care system in the United States of America! (Startling, huh?)

Each year, over 20,000 of those kids are "aged out" of the system. That means that on their 18th birthday, they are virtually told, "Happy Birthday. Hit the street."

Most kids aged out become incarcerated, pregnant, drug addicted, homeless or dead.

This happens, not because they are "bad" kids, but because they are not being taught enough of the right life lessons.

So many good programs are out there that teach kids how to boil water or how to write a check (who even does that anymore?).

But they are not taught The Big Truth. The Big Truth is the truth about how to not be a foster kid forever, how not to let the past dictate the future, how to move swiftly and strongly into a healthy, productive...even happy...adulthood.

Please review The Big Truth (

If you feel compelled to help me help other fosters, order a copy for yourself, for a young person in your life and for a friend...or 10. be compelled to pass this on...generously.

Foster Alumna

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why Share?

Some people share their thoughts and opinions in an attempt to convince others to think they way they do. Many leaders think they need others to think as they do to be good leaders. That is dangerous. Remember the concept of "group think." Too many people simply follow talking heads, rather than cultivating their unique mindfulness.

I prefer to share my thoughts, opinions and observations in the attempt to illuminate how others think for themselves, independently.

When a person shares, it presents the opportunity for others' self-reflection.