Making a Postive Impact in Impoverished Communities

In my life I have had some wonderful opportunities to travel and enjoy different cultures around the world. This also means that I have seen a lot of poverty. Over 1 billion people—1 in 6 people around the world—live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1 a day. I used to wonder how that was even possible. Minimum wage in the states is about 40 times that amount for a full day of work. How ...more

I feel myself having the urge to "help" others by giving them "stuff";

Tampons for Everyone!

by J. Peter Freire I was reading a blog on Glamour's website (like any self-respecting male), and then I noticed an ad next to it. It could not be helped. It was animated. It was a Tampax ad. What struck me was the faux-discretion of it. And also how I really don't understand or relate to marketing to women, which, I suppose, is to be expected. Y'know, given that I'm a dude. ...more

A midwife's labor of love

Ruth Lubic is a woman on a mission. At an age when most people would have already retired, she embarked on a new project - starting a midwife-operated birthing center in one of the poorest areas of Washington D.C. The infant mortality rate in D.C. ...more

Ruth Lubic is a heroine. Birth is a natural process, not an illness needing hospitalization. ...more

You can't take it with you.

Money should properly be viewed as a tool for providing one with the basics of life: flood, clothing, shelter and yes, the occasional treat. When did it turn into the root of all evil or, as I see it, stupidity and greed?   ...more

Effects of Obstetric Fistula

In America, from birth every child is given an equal chance of survival. Our hospitals are equipped with the latest in medical technology and medical doctors that are educated to handle most any type of situation. It is hard to even conceive the notion that millions of women are not given the opportunity to give birth in hospitals. Often times these women end up with a condition known as obstetric fistula. ...more

Because no baby should have to grow up without knowing her mother

While wondering today how I would segue into writing about model Christy Turlington and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's recent campaign for maternal health, I unexpectedly came across a blog post about that very subject that stopped me in my tracks and left me in tears. The post was on Single Mom Seeking by guest blogger Matt Logelin who lost his wife and mother of their child just hours after she gave birth. ...more

 great post amy!


reminds me how lucky i am to survive cancer + enjoy ...more

Unemployment Discrimination

I can’t help but get a little outraged every time I tread a news headline here in my home state of Montana about how Montana’s unemployment rates are down.  I have often wondered how many families have found themselves in the situation we are in.  Let me explain. ...more

Raising Third Culture Kids

Two years ago our family packed up and moved to Haiti. Prior to our move we were hearty Minnesotans living a normal suburban life. In the past two years I've watched as my children, ranging in age from 1 to 18 have tried to reconcile their two worlds. They have lived in the land of vast prosperity; they have lived in the land of complete devestation. They are changed. Their life-experience will forever make them odd to the kids they meet in America. ...more

Ain't no power like the power of the mama

About nine months after I had my first child, I went (with the kiddo in tow) to my first Mothers Acting Up meeting. It was my first foray, at least post-children, into an organized activist group. While the timing wasn't right for me to become a regular member, I gleaned a piece of knowledge from that meeting that I think will always stay with me. That is that mothers as a whole are a very, very large group, and if they use their power for good, they can become a force to be reckoned with. ...more

I think one of the main keys to unlocking this issue is the mindset so many mothers get ...more

As my daughter turns 4, I'm thankful for health care

In less than a week, my firstborn child, my baby girl Ava will turn 4. While this isn't often considered a major milestone, it is still very dear to my heart, being her mother and all. It got me thinking about how good we have it here in North America. I feel fortunate to live in a country where we have access to things such as clean water, nutritious food and medical care. ...more

 When my daughter was about 5, she got the flu. It was one of the worst cases ever. She ...more