Other Blog Posts

By: Susan Ragsdale

Make a Difference Day, the national day of doing good, is one of my favorite service days of the year. I love the idea that millions of people can come together and dedicate their day to actively doing something to make the world a better place. And the words “make a difference” hold power and remind us that we CAN make a difference through sharing of our talents, availability, time, effort and voice. Read more >>

By: Marie Williams

As parents, we know all too well that adulthood will come soon enough, and with it we lose many things that cannot be recaptured; one of the best gifts we can give our kids is the opportunity to savor their childhood. Read more >>

Today's guest blogger, Parth Singh, was a former member of the Unmask the Media Project, a student-run program, developed by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Youth Philanthropy Initiative, that addresses the issue of the media’s negative effects on teenager’s self-perceptions. His blog is the third in a series of three "Young Voices" blogs, where some of our young friends lend their perspective on what it means to be a digital citizen. Read more >>

Today's guest blogger, Kedrica Taylor, was a former member of the Unmask the Media Project, a student-run program, developed by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Youth Philanthropy Initiative, that addresses the issue of the media’s negative effects on teenager’s self-perceptions. Her blog is the second in a series of three "Young Voices" blogs, where some of our young friends lend their perspective on what it means to be a digital citizen. Read more >>

By: Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner

Since learning several years ago of their existence, I’ve regularly threatened to send my kids to "manners school." The threat typically happens in moments during dinner when they are animatedly arguing the details of a story, mouths chock full of rice and veggies, corn on the cob, or otherwise highly-spewable foods. Our teacher friend, Jane, I remind them, put her kids through her own version of etiquette training a few summers ago. “Maybe I’ll hire Jane to shape you up.” Read more >>

Today's guest blogger, April Gordon, is an active member of the Unmask the Media Project, a student-run program, developed by the Tulsa, Oklahoma Youth Philanthropy Initiative, that addresses the issue of the media’s negative effects on teenager’s self-perceptions. Her blog is the first in a series of three "Young Voices" blogs, where some of our young friends will lend their perspective on what it means to be a digital citizen. Read more >>

By: Mary Margaret Reagan-Montiel, Guest Blogger

Growing up in a multicultural family gave me the opportunity to live knowing that we share more commonalities than differences. Self-identity is, in part, passed down from the previous generation, but it's also something you get to choose for yourself as an adult. Read more >>

By: Michele Timmons

Yay! School is back in session. Boo! I want to help out at school, but between work and keeping my family together, I just don’t have the time. Is this thought rolling through your brain right now? Here are 10 creative ways to share your talents with your child's classroom, without ever even entering the building! Read more >>

By: Susan Ragsdale

It's National Hispanic Heritage month, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than by honoring my friend, Carol, and asking her for her insights and perspective on what it means to be Latina in the United States. Read more >>

Dear readers, know that I have received full permission – encouragement, in fact – from my 18-year-old daughter, Gaby, to retell the following stories. Read more >>