As you may know from reading this blog, one of my favorite charities is Help A Mother Out. Their work is very straightforward: get diapers and wipes to families who desperately need them. It's that simple.
HAMO is now working to get signatures for The Diaper Act to pass through Congress. Here are more details about the act from HAMO's website:
Today is the day to make a difference with families who cannot access childcare due to lack of diapers.
The DIAPER Act asks for NO additional federal funding
Lack of diapers can result in (1) major health consequences and (2) a barrier to employment
If Congress enacts the DIAPER ACT, eligible child care centers would have the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest clients.
Please sign this petition to Members of Congress (House of Representatives and Senators) and ask them to join Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and co-sponsor the “Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery (“DIAPER”) Act.”
If you can't see the "Sign the petition" widget in this blog post please CLICK HERE to go to HAMO's website to sign the petition. Thanks!
Purpose of the legislation: To increase access to child care and relieve economic strain on families who cannot otherwise afford sufficient diapers for their children by amending the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide diapers and diapering supplies to families in need through child care providers. There is no increase in appropriation (i.e., no ask for additional federal funds) required for this legislation. Scroll down to bottom of page for detailed documentation.
I over scheduled myself these last two weeks. They were all good things, doctors appointments, lunches and coffees and dinners with friends, exercising, and cleaning cleaning cleaning. As Monday is the Chinese New Year (or CNY as a friend from Beijing says), I will continue the cleaning today and over the weekend. I do have a few hours of paying work to do this morning first, so I'll get that out of the way as quick as possible.
One of the things I did on Wednesday evening was a Tweetup at JPL. I had been following the Mars Phoenix Lander on Twitter (you can too) and got caught up with the drama of it's short life span and experiments. I started following other missions as well, (like the Mars Rovers Opportunity and Spirit who both landed on Mars in January 2004 for only a three month mission. They are still going strong five years later!) And then JPL announced a Tweetup and I hovered over my keyboard at the moment you could sign up to go. The evening was inspiring and exciting and never have my tax dollars felt more cool. In the auditorium where we gathered, there was a life sized model of Voyager. Check us out:
Here is the golden map on Voyager that (somehow) shows a map back to our solar system for whomever might find Voyager in the future, way out there.
Voyager 1 and 2 have been out there for 32 years and are at the edge of our solar system and still going. They send back small packets of data now and then. I love the idea of these tiny beacons still voyaging on.
That was a fun night. I'll be writing up more about it on Metblogs this weekend.
I am amazed at how happy I feel with PRESIDENT OBAMA in office. Gods, I love saying "President Obama"!! I spent the morning at Sarah's for Obamimosas and yummy treats brought by many women who came together to watch this historic moment. Then my New Yorker came today with this cover:
The image is called "The First" and is by Drew Friedman. I totally dig it.
I twittered throughout the inauguration, here are some of the highlights:
I am at a friend's watching the events and on the way over was already tearing up!
OMG here we go!!
If I were Obama, I'd be doing cartwheels!
HE's Human and president! (When he stumbled a bit while saying the oath)
I feel like the weight of a man sized safe has been lifted from my shoulders. (if you need the reference, here's a great one.)
Grateful grateful grateful.
Amen Mr. Lowery!!
Maybe now I can finally feel good about bringing children into the world!!
Now for the inauguration luncheon -- is it like a wedding where President Obama and Michelle will have to remember to eat?
Does anyone know what Obama's secret service code name is?
Today is such an exciting day I almost forgot I'll be going to JPL tomorrow for the tweet up!!
And I'm enjoying watching our new President and his wife dance at various balls and parties. They are vibrant and young and gorgeous and I'm really really pleased.
Now the real work begins: "Progress, Not Perfection."
President Bush will be leaving soon. Thank the gods. I'm sorry it took us idiots four years longer to do it, but I'm thankful we have an inspiring person like Obama in office instead of John Kerry.
But all the good news on the national front is tempered by the state of California which voted to ban gay marriage, which the supreme court of California had ruled was unconstitutional. Now we have overturned that decision. Unbelievably infuriating. Though if you live in California you know how very conservative it actually is. Sad sad sad. I hope someone will be filing a lawsuit against prop 8 soon.
But back to the good news. Here's a lolpol for you:
I have done very little about politics this year, except vote. You may know that I was, uhhh, distracted.
So I would like to take this little blog space to say thank you to two people who kicked volunteer ass. First there was Debra who works a full time job outside the home and has two young sons. She worked the phones a few times, she even went to Nevada to help register voters, and with a broken toe! Huge applause and my sincerest thanks for your work, Debra. It seems to be paying off.
Then there is my sister Dor, who not only can play every John Denver song on the guitar (and sing them beautifully as well), but who is a single mom who also works full time and she also volunteered on the phones and in her community in North San Diego to get out the vote. Rock on Dorian! You really inspired me with your dedication.
Thanks to you both, and to all the other amazing hard working volunteers, our country seems to be taking a turn for a better, brighter more hopeful future. My friend Paddy keeps emailing from London because he's so excited to see the election results.
So with great optimism, I'm preparing to send out a large shaka to our own keiki o ka aina Barack Obama.
Nancy Pelosi says she wants an aggressive energy policy to help save the planet, but a Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota says the world doesn’t need saving - Jesus already did it 2000 years ago!
“[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she’s just trying to save the planet,” (Rep. Michele) Bachmann said. “We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.”
So there. The planets been saved. The work’s been done. That’s not smog over L.A. - just mist. Nothing to see here. Move along. [via Star Tribune]
The article on the Star Tribune blog (linked above) is about energy policy and that Congresswoman Bachmann wants to approve offshore drilling, cuz the planet's fine. If Ms. Bachmann really followed the ideals Jesus mentioned, she'd want to be a caretaker of what he "saved."
Clearly the Congresswoman's question is: "Where would Jesus drill?"
I live in Los Angeles. In the summer of 2006 I worked in Mexico City. Instead of sending out giant emails full of photos to friends and families, I started this blog. The summer turned out to be a crazy one and this blog and my camera kept me sane. I didn't want to stop observing and writing when I got home to LA, so I kept the blog going.