Foodbank Challenge

Recently, PunditMom celebrated her 50th birthday by pledging to donate $1 to the Capital Area Food Bank for every comment left on her site that day. At the end of the day, she donated $110. I promised I'd be matching her gift and issuing my own challenge. So here's my challenge to you: ...more

Be Selective with Your Time

You're a busy professional with limited time to devote outside of work and family, so that’s why it’s best to only join organizations that have meaning to you. Start by visiting several groups so you can determine which ones are right for you. Then be selective, because attending too many meetings, or joining a long list of organizations, is the opposite of real. ...more

Obama Mamas Get Involved: A Call to Action Part 2

Last week I wrote The Time for Change is Now: A Call to Action Part 1 and promised that I would follow up with Part 2 with stories of my family and friends who have inspired me with their volunteer efforts to help Barack Obama win this election. ...more

The Time for Change is Now: A Call to Action Part 1

If not me, who? If not now, when? -- Mikhail Gorbachev ...more

Class Moms Rule. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Classroom Volunteering

I have to admit my reasons for being a class mom are purely selfish. But it wasn’t always this way. When the PTA president phoned and asked if I’d volunteer to be a class mother for the third grade, I was hesitant at first. I mean I’m not the least bit crafty and my version of baking doesn’t even require an oven (“homemade” Rice Krispie Treats fresh from my microwave...who knew?). She was so persistent that I eventually agreed. ...more

I Are Room Mom Now?

Last week I went to Curriculum Night in Laura's classroom, and afterwards another mom and I were chatting with Mrs. S, the teacher. Mrs. S looked at me and said, "You were the only person to volunteer to be a Co-Room Mom, and nobody volunteered to be Room Mom, so I guess that makes you the Room Mom." ...more

Putting One Foot In Front of the Other

The first two weeks of school have passed us by. Smoothly, with no big hurdles to jump…except that part where I got talked into accepting the role as a home room mom. Yeah. It’s a tippy-toe dip back into my pre-Peyton-cancer life. Before she got sick I was all about the PTA, volunteering to read in the classrooms, bringing the baked goods, making photocopies, cutting out stuff, doing whatever to keep the teachers happy because happy teachers mean happy classrooms. ...more

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Help Your Teen Get a Job

(Be Brave is a website to encourageless fear and more courage! Takea look!) DoOneThingEverydayThatScaresYou.Eleanor Roosevelt ...more

Life through service in community

We have launched the official Semper Vita website. Check it out at We've been planning this launch for a long time. The idea of Semper Vita originated in October 2006, so you'll probably understand how excited we are about this next phase in the Semper Vita journey. The goal of Semper Vita is to help people experience life through service in community. Henriet's Blog ...more

Autism Speaks In April