Do you remember how I finished up my last post by saying that I think we all have a bit of magic inside of us?
Well, I wasn't just spouting greeting card sentimentalism - although, hey, of course I am mighty capable of that :) - no, I believe that with all of my wobbly heart and so many of you proved me to be right in your beautiful responses and emails. As you can see, I am still taking those in.
So, today is not going to be about me...or Provence (save for the eye candy)...or funny stories about the dogs. Instead, I want to keep focusing on the magic...because there is gold in them thar hills.
I believe that I have mentioned Glennon Doyle Melton and her website, Momastery before. It probably was in reference to one of her hysterically funny posts that are so effective in shifting one's "perspecticals" by appreciating all of the good around us, especially in regard to one topic that is also a favorite of mine here, finding the Big in the Little. Good stuff.
But...but...and here is where I lose my words, those that I am trying to coax out of my fingertips at this very moment...She is doing something far more important than that.
With only a handful (literally) of partners, she formed a non-profit called Together Rising. And while the logo's graphic puts a focus on the "her" inherent in the name, I have seen this community change the lives of men, women and children in need. As the website explains, "All of our giving centers around one simple idea - that in circling around each other to meet needs, we rise together." Brilliant, non? Although Together Rising helps individuals and institutions great and small throughout the year, it shines at its brightest during the amazing Holiday Hands project and the fabulously named Love Flash Mobs.
And guess what? The most recent and most ambitious Love Flash Mob yet was...yessssterrrrday. But wait, wait, don't go! Yes, I know I am late to the party (I often am) but not too late, that is the kicker. This particular party is still going on. Because, in the past 24 hours over a quarter of a MILLION dollars was raised to help each and every one of the 176 folks that were nominated by loved ones. The stories are so beautiful...If you click here you can read about how sweet four year old Ellie will now have the prosthetic legs she needs so that she can run as she wants to, how several families with special needs children can finally have the proper transport that they need instead of continually struggling and how ten year old Hailey will have enough funds to build (and she builds them herself) ten more homeless shelters. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. Yes, you will most certainly cry in reading this but they will be happy tears.
I was kicking myself about not sharing all of this with you when I read these words in Glennon's post to launch this Love Flash Mob: "Friends, pity is feeling without acting. COMPASSION IS FEELING AND ACTING. Let's ACT." So the good news is that it is still not too late to donate if you wish and the part that I find so awesome is that the maximum donation is $25. Everything is welcome. I donated five bucks! Five! And as that is what I can do right now, it is still five dollars that will go to helping out (as all of the Together Rising team are volunteers, there is no overhead and so 100% of donations go directly to those in need). These are not corporations hedging to look good, it is just about everyday people like us helping other everyday people like us...15,250 such people so far with an average donation of just $17.
So, I am just putting it out there:
Now, one thing that I AM on time for? Today is Food Revolution Day. I kind of like how those two words go together anyway but this is an important movement created by the chef Jamie Oliver as a means of bringing awareness about the importance of food education being placed on school curriculum's world-wide. I was stunned to read that 42 million children who are UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE are overweight or obese. And no, this is not exactly "a First World problem." What this means is that today's children are expected to have a shorter lifespan than we do...for the first time ever. The diseases linked with obesity, the cultural problems, the economic and environmental costs...this issue extends in all directions. Plus, don't we at least want our youth to know what their options are in terms of food? I do. That is why I signed Jamie Oliver's petition that will hopefully have enough success so that it can be presented at the next G20 summit.
If you are interested, you can join over a million others here:
And finally? Well, let's get back to the eye candy. For you see, my beautiful friend Ellie is coming down to Provence this weekend, finally. She has been dreaming of it for weeks. As I have mentioned before, despite being in her fifth year of ALS, this woman is a canon of Goodwill and makes me laugh until I snort (I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that one, it is true). Originally, it seemed like we were going to meet again, hopefully here at the house with the hopes that Kipling the rascal wouldn't bite her Husband or caregivers and honestly? I did a little dance (yes, again literally) when I thought that was the case. Bon, it didn't work out which lead me to sing her over the phone a Provençal version of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." Don't worry Ellie, I will remember that you only told me that I was on speaker-phone in a car packed with the men mentioned above for a looong time. I'll get you back. Until then, these photos represent a part of Provence that I really want to show to you and will, one of these days.
Sending much Love and Gratitude to you all.
As with the post about Anthony's house, feel free to spread the word about this one at will!