Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Good Stuff: March 31, 2013 thru April 6, 2013

April is Starbucks’ Global Month of Service.  My favorite coffee corporation is encouraging its customers to get involved in service projects around their local communities.  

“The fact is, due to its worldwide popularity, coffee is probably the greatest source of antioxidants in the global diet.”

And, speaking of coffee…. In an article on HuffPost this week, nutritionist Kristen Kirkpatrick discusses nine ways that drinking coffee enhances our health and well-being.  Excuse me while I go drink another cup of java, sans guilt! 

Do you, like me, possess a black thumb in the home gardening arena?  Since my horticulture skills are extremely limited, I am always on the look-out for easy-care, low maintenance houseplants (and yes, they usually belong to the plant group fakeus plasticus).  MSN created a nice list – complete with pictures – of some of the most resilient houseplants on the market today.  Check them out and challenge yourself to try caring for one of these plants in your home. 

We’ve lost our civility, the ability to have public discussion that isn’t harsh or dismissive but respectful and genuinely open to dialogue and disagreement.  We’ve also lost our ability to really listen to one another.  We’ve lost our capacity for political compromise, for actually finding solutions instead of just continually blaming each other for problems.”

This is a quote from the new book, On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good, by Jim Wallis.  In his new book, Wallis discusses the current state of American politics and what he deems as its distraction from working toward the common good.  On Friday, April 5, Arianna Huffington participated in a conversation with Wallis, moderated by HuffPost Religion editor, Paul Raushenbush.  During the conversation Huffington not only asked about Wallis’s new book and his sabbatical that led to its writing, but also discussed various ways today’s technology can help businesses and the private sector work toward the common good during a time when our government’s leadership appears distracted by the game of politics.  Head over to HuffPost to learn more about Wallis’s book and Huffington’s synopsis of its relevance in today’s world.

Also, remember that April is National Poetry Month.  I will continue highlighting poetry throughout the month by both published and non-published writers.  If you would like to explore poetry more deeply, head over to, where you can learn about ways to celebrate poetry in your community, read works from classic and contemporary poets, and even sign up to have daily poetry delivered to your inbox.

Hope all of you have a lovely Spring Week!


  1. Very interesting coffee facts, Dawn!

  2. LOL - All I needed was yet another reason to continue with my addiction! :-)