Sunday, January 27, 2013

Good Stuff; 1/20/13 – 1/26/13

What is “Good Work”, and why should we strive to achieve this distinction? Good work is, “work that makes the world better, more just, more fair; a more humane place for everyone.” (From the Monastery of the Heart by Sr. Joan Chittester) In light of this philosophy, I humbly bring you some of the Good Stuff I found this past week.

I love this video that a friend posted on her Facebook page. While I thoroughly enjoyed watching this cinematic depiction of what happens when we “pay it forward”, my favorite part is the last line in the accompanying song, “What you share with the world is what it keeps of you.” Enjoy!

Nominate an innovative K-6 teacher for GOOD’s “Great American Teach-Off” contest. GOOD is partnering with the University of Phoenix for their second annual national contest that will recognize and reward a teacher who uses creative teaching methods to engage his or her students beyond textbook materials. Nominations close on Friday, February 15, 2013, so hurry up and submit your favorite teacher’s name for the chance to win a $10,000 classroom grant!

"Great New Books", one of my favorite websites that offers thoughtful reading critiques, will be sharing information about readers’ favorite independent book stores across the U.S. Head over to their website for more details and to learn how you can introduce others to your favorite local bookstore via the Internet. 

March 10, 2013, is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Last year I participated in the annual “Rock the Red Pump” campaign, the signature campaign of The Red Pump Project, a non-profit organization that strives to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on girls and women. Each year, on March 10, participants wear their favorite red shoes and tweet, write, and share facts about HIV/AIDS in an effort to encourage people to take action against this deadly disease. As you can see over in the left sidebar, I plan on participating again this year, and would love to have all of you join me! Head over to the “Rock the Red Pump” website and sign up to dedicate a blog post to raising awareness and to help empower women and girls to take charge of their health. 

This week’s Be The Love assignment? At the drive-thru or a toll booth tell the person at the window that you would also like to pay for the person behind you. Simple, right? Let me know if you successfully complete this task this next week!

Also this week the folks at GOOD are looking for team leaders to work with them to form local chapters of GOOD. Beginning in March, GOOD will bring people together from across the country in order to spearhead projects that will help improve local communities. If you have a desire to join this team of changemakers who will collaborate with the staff at GOOD to organize local events and gatherings in order to join a global community to move the world forward, click here to apply at their website. 

Finally, I’d like to leave you with a portion of this week’s prayer by The God Article:

There is so much pain,so much loneliness,so much sickness, so much loss, so much injustice in this world that it can sometimes seem to be"just the way things are." Let us never forget that you desire better for this world and you created within it the possibility of heaven on earth,a fellowship of humanity. Let us never forget that the teachings of Jesus can lead us to that world as you have envisioned it.

Now go, make the world around you a better place with your presence.

Peace out, friends!


  1. Enjoyed reading about all the good stuff you found. And can you believe my luck--I'm going to Steamboat soon and get to check out the bookstore we featured on Great New Books!

    1. Oh, fun! A visit to Steamboat AND a chance to check out a cool bookstore? Sounds like an awesome trip to me!

  2. This post brings me back to one of my favorite reminders.

    Be the change you hope to see in the world.