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MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE : A Little Girl Named Rachel – by Lois W. Stern

 My generation was big on protests. We marched, demonstrated, cheered and jeered. But it seems to me today’s kids are raising the bar on activism. From Locks of Love, to Ice Cold Lemonade for Cancer Research, from Make-a-Wish to Charity-Water, I read stories of children determined to actively make a difference in this world. But be sure to get out a few tissues before you read Rachel’s story, a story that contains elements of majesty and heartbreak.

When Rachel was 8 years old, her church began raising money to build wells in Africa through an organization calledcharity:water. Rachel was aghast when she learned that other children had no clean water. Determined to do something to help, as her ninth birthday approached she asked her friends to each donate $9 to charity:water in lieu of bringing presents to her party. She also set up a birthday page on thecharity:waterweb site. Hoped to raise $300. and was a bit disappointed that her fundraising efforts only brought in $220.

Then, on July 20, as Rachel was riding with her family on the highway, two trucks collided and created a 13-car pileup. Rachel’s car was hit by one of the trucks, and although the rest of her family was unhurt, Rachel was left critically injured. In an outpouring of support, church members and friends began donating to charity:water on Rachel’s  birthday page. Yes, those donations surged way past her $300 goal, and kept mounting. As family and friends gathered around Rachel’s bedside, they were able to tell her that she had exceeded the $47,544 that the singer Justin Bieber had raised forcharity:water on his 17th birthday!

When it was clear that Rachel would never regain consciousness, the family decided to remove life support. Her parents donated her hair a final time toLocks of Love, and her organs to other children.

As word spread about Rachel’s last fund-raiser, contributions continued to pour in. Many made $9 donations, although one 5-year-old girl emptied her piggy bank filled with her pennies, nickels and dimes to send in $2.27. The total donations soon topped $100,000, then $300,000. At last count more than $850,000 has been raised from all over the world, including donations from Africans awed by a little American girl who cared so much about the hardships of their continent.

I am hopefully that this is not just a story of one little girl, but of a generation of young people working creatively to make this world a better place for all of us. More stories here of other youngsters working to make the world a better place. Waxing poetic is lovely, but taking action to create a better world trumps it every time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.

Lois invites all  interested in either cutting edge physical beauty news and tips, her energy renewing, spirit uplifting stories, or both to visit her Facebook Page If you like what you see there, become a fan by clicking on the LIKE button at the top of the screen.

Get more info, ‘how to’s’ and ‘what if’s’ about Lois’ Tales2Inspire project

We welcome your review of this story in the Comment box below. Your name and credentials will be included with any review we post on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s highly respected Book Review Blog under the TALES2INSPIRE banner.      

Beauty Without . . .

                                  What’s Your Passion?

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Why We Need to Care

* OFF THE BEATEN PATH

I am a very careful shopper – some might even call me over-the-edge frugal. I’m thrilled when I find a bargain at Marshall’s, rarely enter Macy’s without coupons in hand, make frequent trips to Costco to stock up on staples . . You get the picture. Yet I am one of the fortunate ones and do not take my circumstances foregranted, because I don’t have to live that lifestyle – it is a choice, not something imposed by circumstance.

                                                     

Some time ago I posted an article on Vibrant Nation  about the significance of Shoppping USA. I realize full well that some will shop by price alone no matter what – and some truly need to do so. But for those of us who can become a bit more conscious of where things are made and SHOP USA even when the price is a trifle more, here is something worth considering. It’s called balance of trade.

Not only would we be helping to increased the local job force, but perhaps of more significance, we would be helping to increase the value of our dollar. IHere is a simple analogy of how balance of trade works. “You go into Macy’s and make a purchase using either your credit card or cash. You become a bit poorer as you enrich Macy’s coffers.” It works the same when we purchase those “Made in China” or “Made in Mexicao” products.

Just one thought on how we can help create a more beautiful life for our country. 

Travel with Lois, Off the Beaten Path.

* I write on many different topics across the Internet. I call them
my OFF THE BEATEN PATH articles because they extend beyond the
typical concept of beauty. Some explore my thoughts on inner beauty,
some tell inspirational stories of people whose deeds have brought
more beauty to the lives of virtual strangers, and some will be
little more than vignettes of personal experiences that have helped
me find peace and harmony in my life.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS ON BEAUTY – by Lois W. Stern

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When You Look Into a Woman’s Eyes and See What’s in Her Heart – Nate Dircks

Some people object to talk about outer beauty, saying that it’s only inner beauty that really counts in this life. But I ask you, is there a law against having both? I happen to think that a well-adjusted woman who strikes a balance between the two can definitely be happier and feel more fulfilled.

What Makes This Beauty Blog Shine

When it comes to outer beauty, I strive for hype-free, cutting edge information. First I interview a number of credible experts. Then I research, research, research until I am satisfied that I am giving you accurate, useful information. Whenever possible, I will offer a variety of options, from high end to affordable, so that even those of you with limited expendable income will find some new ideas to help enhance your beauty. To read my Beauty Blog for cutting edge tips, news and anti-aging advice, visit here.

Inner Beauty

When we think beyond that mirror image, either with love and compassion for others or to enrich our minds with stimulating new ideas, we grow as human beings. Since I write on many other topics, I wanted to share some of these touching or thought-provoking stories with you. And that’ how Tales2Inspire ™ began.

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BUT SOMETIMES MY GARDENS DON’T LOVE ME

 * OFF THE BEATEN PATH

 
* I write on many different topics across the Internet. I call them
my OFF THE BEATEN PATH articles because they extend beyond the
typical concept of beauty. Some explore my thoughts on inner beauty,
some tell inspirational stories of people whose deeds have brought
more beauty to the lives of virtual strangers, and some will be
little more than vignettes of personal experiences that have helped
me find peace and harmony in my life.

My topic for today: I Love My Gardens - But Sometimes My Gardens Don't Love Me not only takes you on a photo journey where I pose amongst my flowers, but explores some of the myths and facts about that dreaded poison ivy plant, which seems to find me every year.

Poison Ivy Summer View  

                                                      Poison Ivy  – Autumn View

Click here to travel with Lois –  Off the Beaten Path.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.

Lois invites all  interested in either cutting edge physical beauty news and tips, her energy renewing, spirit uplifting stories, or both to visit her Facebook Page If you like what you see there, become a fan by clicking on the LIKE button at the top of the screen.

Get more info, ‘how to’s’ and ‘what if’s’ about Lois’ Tales2Inspire project

We welcome your review of this story in the Comment box below. Your name and credentials will be included with any review we post on Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s highly respected Book Review Blog under the TALES2INSPIRE banner.

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                  Beauty Without . . .

                                  What’s Your Passion?

Click to Explore the Many Dimensions of Beauty

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