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Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21, 2013 (tomorrow). While Dr. King’s eloquent speeches impassioned legions of followers, it was his dedication to non-violent resistance as a powerful method of seeking societal and governmental reforms that set him apart from all other Civil Rights leaders. His message still rings true today as concerned citizens seek to bring about reform on our country’s current gun laws. In a blog post this week in Huffington Post, Russell Simmons reminds us about the power of combating violence with non-violence and why he is asking lawmakers to consider enacting new laws that will, hopefully, reduce the occurrence of gun violence in our country.
Do you work outside the home, or are you considering making a career change? I found this little piece that highlights some fun and useful work perks you might not know about (or perhaps haven't previously considered “perks”).
Wow - on January 17th, Betty White turned 91! Amazingly, the woman is still going strong, and is marking this birthday by sharing some of her wisdom and her personal birthday wish. Help celebrate Betty's birthday by supporting your local Humane Society and caring for our furry friends.
For my Joplinite readers, I found a (relatively) new, interactive Facebook page that answers questions about local concerns as well as highlights ideas for family entertainment. Take a minute and head over to Facebook and like the page, “Joplin’s Local Family Fun” for updates about area happenings and tips from other community members about local services and venues for families.
Each year many of us create a list of resolutions intended to make our lives more enjoyable, meaningful, and productive. Hopefully some of you added “getting (more) involved in community service projects” to your lists. If you are stumped for ideas – or maybe just didn’t get around to writing that New Year’s list this year – Shibley Smiles has compiled a wonderful set of suggestions for getting more involved in your community. What I particularly enjoyed about this list – apart from the fact that it offers some incredibly creative ideas – is that all the proposals are fun and many of them are appropriate for adults or kids. Check out the article, and let me know if you found anything inspiring that you plan to pursue this year!
Adam Trent, a college student, developed a new line of high quality, fashionable sunglasses that will retail at a fraction of the price of high-end designer sunglasses. These sunglasses are constructed of acetate or an acetate/sustainable Chinese bamboo blend and feature polarized, scratch-proof lenses and are quite good-looking, I must say. In an effort to obtain start-up funding for his new product line, Adam created an indiegogo page. Help him get his new company, Crown Wood Eyewear, up and running and receive your own pair of sunglasses as a “thank you” for your support.
What good stuff did you find this past week? Be sure and share with us in the comments section below!