Bad Is the New Good

Give Good Blog

Give Good Blog \ ˈgiv -ˈgud -ˈbläg\ noun. 1. a commitment, made by online writers and other participants in virtual communities, to principles of good virtual citizenship and to actions reflecting same; a commitment to the use of social media to advance social good, whether by raising awareness of a specific issue, or raising money for a cause, or simply using blogs and/or other social media platform to remind self and others to strive to make some little difference by whatever means available. verb. 1. online activities that adhere to and reflect this commitment.

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I Give Good Blog

My Give Good Blog commitment is threefold: First, to devote some portion of my storytelling efforts in this space (and my other online spaces) to tell stories that support or promote causes that are important to me – to continue to speak narrative truth to power in support of muscular dystrophy awareness (for my nephew, Tanner), to promote awareness of post-partum depression and to support any and all causes related to maternal and child health. I’m also passionately committed to raising awareness about how HIV and AIDS affects mothers and children in the developing world, and I've worked with the Global Fund and their Born HIV Free project and with mothers2mothers to get those stories into the flow of discussion on the Internet (you can read my posts on that on my trip to Lesotho to see Born HIV Free funding in action in this stream.) If you want to a reason to support that cause in a one-minute musical burst, check this out. Second, to ensure that any and all partnerships with or participation in corporate projects (basically, anything that yields payment or gifts or desirable opportunity to me) yield some form of social good – whether assistance in generating resources and/or awareness for one of my causes or for social responsibility generally, or actual contribution of funds or nice things or what-have-you to people or organizations that need them more than I do (as I describe in this post.) Three, to promote the idea that those of us with any kind of media platform have a responsibility to use those platforms for good. I’ve written extensively on using social media to promote and support social good: this is one such post. This is another. Technorati interviewed me on the subject; you can catch that interview at their State Of The Blogosphere 2010 site. I’ve also written extensively on the idea that mom blogging – promotion of specific causes aside – is a revolutionary and feminist act, and so is itself a form of social good. You can catch up on some of those posts in this stream. Do you Give Good Blog? Let me know – I’d love to hear about it. Do you want to? This is the space in which I cover the hows and whys and wherefores of Giving Good Blog, so read on...

What Happens In Vegas

January 10, 2011

… actually doesn’t stay in Vegas when you’re a blogger. (I need about sixteen naps before I recover my ability to write English in complete, grammatical sentences. Until then, I have nothing to say about Las Vegas and CES but this: SHINY. VERY SHINY.) (Which, as it happens, describes Ms. Alli’s sequined beanie in the [...]

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You Say You Want A Resolution

January 5, 2011

This past weekend I tried to explain New Year’s resolutions to Emilia. “A resolution is something that you decide that you want to do in the upcoming year. You say it out loud or write it down, on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, so that everyone knows what your resolution is.” “But you’re [...]

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Of Frankicense And Myrrh And Coffee And Sprinkle Donuts

December 28, 2010

In our little town, there is a charming little main street filled with antique stores and specialty shops and charming little cafes – two of them – at which you can buy lattes and cappuccinos and pots of tea with cookies on the side and sit at little round tables and have quiet, gentle conversations [...]

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I Am A Mother

December 15, 2010

It was sometime early on in one of the first sessions of TEDWomen last week that the question occurred to me: are we saying to each other here – in this go go women go celebration of everything that women can do – that women are the new men? And if that’s the case, is [...]

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If A Christmas Tree Falls On Your Kid, And You Don’t Film It, Did It Happen?

December 13, 2010

I’m not a professional photographer. Nor am I professional filmmaker or documentarian. But I do tell stories, and a lot of those stories are about my kids, and telling stories about my kids involves using photographs and video. So I am, if you will, a Semi-Amateur Multimedia Documentary Artist and Chronicler Of Family Narratives, and [...]

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There I Was, Rocked Me Like A Hurricane

December 10, 2010

TEDWomen was an idea-hurricane, an inspiration-avalanche, a brainwave tsunami, a tornado of provocation and stimulation, a force of nature – if nature wore high heels – a force to be reckoned with, a thing to make your heart pound and thrum and swell and your head throb from the magnificent pressure of all those ideas, [...]

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All Which Isn’t Singing Is Mere Talking

December 8, 2010

“Every girl in the world deserves the chance to pursue her hopes and dreams.” – Hilary Clinton, TEDWomen, Washington D.C., December 8, 2010 Every girl does deserve that chance. My girl deserves that chance. This girl deserves that chance. All of these girls – and these boys; yes, boys too (our liberation requires their liberation, and [...]

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Madeleine Albright Doesn’t Wear Tutus

December 6, 2010

This week, I’m in Washington DC to attend the TEDWomen conference. Some of the other women attending include Arianna Huffington and Nancy Pelosi and Naomi Klein. The only thing that could make the whole thing more intimidating would be if Madeleine Albright were going to be there. Oh, wait. I’m nervous, yes. But mostly excited. [...]

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Hope, Which Has No Opposite In Fear

December 2, 2010

In September, while I was in Lesotho, I received this email: Catherine, I’m a frequent peruser of your blog but haven’t had much time for blog reading lately. My husband and I have been working our asses off to get the paperwork together to adopt two little boys from Lesotho. I was amazed when I [...]

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More Reasons Why You Should Care That It’s World Aids Day

December 1, 2010

Because these are the faces of HIV and AIDS. Because they are not just faces: they are real people – mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, friends – with real hearts that beat and love and hurt just like yours do. Because I met them, which shouldn’t make a difference, but it does, to me, because I [...]

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