Helping Brighter Beginnings

Curt and I support a variety of charities and different programs. Whether it be our alma maters, food banks, Planned Parenthood, Humane Society, organizations focused on children, etc.

One of the organizations we are passionate about is Brighter Beginnings, which works to support healthy births and successful development of children by partnering with parents and helping to build strong communities.

Curt and I were invited to a fundraising event on Saturday night. Curt had other plans so I took a girlfriend with me.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee attended the event as well.

We had a good dinner, tasty wine and met some interesting people.

There was a raffle before dinner.

After dinner, a young woman who has benefited from Brighter Beginnings services spoke. She had her baby when she was 17. After having her baby she was a little behind in school. But managed to catch up and graduate with a 3.92. She was honest and well-spoken.

What I really loved about her is that she has taken her situation and the help from Brighter Beginnings and is paying it forward. She is a peer counselor to teach at-risk teens pregnancy prevention in East Bay high schools.

After she spoke the auction … Continue reading

Basic necessities=Christmas spirit

Merry Christmas!

Or happy whatever you celebrate or don’t. Enjoy your time off with your family or friends or if you choose to spend it alone.

And for all those who have to work today, thank you.

I feel lucky for all the family I got to see over the past few days: parents, my in-laws, my brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles …

Are you sick of me talking about charities and donations and helping others? I doubt it. But hey, it’s my passion. And I am gonna keep talking about it and hope I rub off on others.

As I have said before we no longer exchange gifts with our families. Instead we donate to charities. We all have different organizations we like to support.

Some of the charities we and our families have supported in lieu of gifts are Brighter BeginningsPajama ProgramHeifer InternationalPlanned ParenthoodCharity Choice Gift Cards, Alameda County Food Bank, Tucson Food Bank, Emerge, Poverello House among others.

For the past year or so I have been supporting the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. I collect toiletries when we travel and occasionally take them to the … Continue reading

Research, fact check, be informed … and vote

I am a non-party Liberal. When I first registered to vote at 18 in Tucson, Ariz. I registered Democrat.

Once I become a journalist I changed my party affiliation. I decided to stay non-party once I left the journalism world. I identify more as a Liberal than as a Democrat. I vote Democratic because really in America there is only a two party system. And the Democratic beliefs are the closest to my mine.

As a Liberal some of the things I believe in are gay rights; women’s rights, affordable (or free) healthcare for all, immigration programs, paying taxes, helping others in need, Separation of Church and State, religious rights and I am pro-choice.

Today marks one month from the General Election. So I thought it would be a good day to post this. (I actually put the thoughts down on paper for this post months ago. I carry a notebook around for Go Fit Girl! ideas and posts. And it is filled with lots of good stuff.)

During the last California election I was chatting with two other co-workers (one in her 20s, the other in her 30s). We are all either Democrats or Liberals. And NONE of us … Continue reading