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We All Have the Potential to Create Great Change

My name is Wendy and I have just recently joined Pulsewire. I have to confess I am very excited but a little nervous about this personal journal. I guess I'm worried I'll share something embarrassing, and later regret it.

My biggest passion is children's issues. I've recently started my thesis proposal, and it's about grassroots methods for raising Africa's orphans. I'm extremely pleased with my topic, but sad about the staggering number of orphans in Africa. It's tragic and un-exceptable, I will try my best to do work that brings hope to these children. I wish I could tuck every one of them in at night, and give them a snuggle and a story. Every child deserves that!

It took my a long time to realize that you don't have to do big grandiose things to create change in people's lives. Often it's just the little things that make the biggest impact. Like smiling at a homeless person, you don't have to give them money, to treat them like a human being.

I can't wait to hear from the rest of you and become a part of the World Pulse community!

Wendy

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JMKELLAM's picture

Wendy, It sounds like you

Wendy,

It sounds like you are a wonderfully passionate person. I appreciate your sentiment. It is the little things (like sharing a smile) that counts and counts for everyone.

I hope to see/read you again on Pulse Wire or even around Portland.

In friendship,

Jenna Kellam

Dave Alexander's picture

Wendy, go, go, go...

It was a great pleasure to meet you yesterday. Your posting reminded me of the quote by Mother Teresa, "We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love." The person I met yesterday has the heart to tuck everyone of those orphans under her wings even if her physical arms do not quite have the reach.

In Friendship, Dave...

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

LindsayHowells's picture

I Love that image!

Wendy,

I was great to meet you as well on thursday! I love the image of tucking in children around the world. I agree that every child deserves it, and to so many of them, a small pleasure or comfort like that doesn't exist at all. I was reading Dave's comment to my journal about his daughter and I agree that especially for kids in the US there is a lot of conflicting web media that is more interesting to kids and teenagers. Part of me wants to tackle this problem but I also think that kids in other countries who are dealing with these issues such as AIDS in their own personal lives might be more interested in getting involved in an online community that supports them and may not have so many conflicting things going on in their lives. When you talked about reading a child a bedtime story I had the image of a website where people could share stories from their culture. Some of my favorite stories when I was a kid were stories, myths, and legends from different Native American cultures. Maybe there is some way to bring pulsewire to children through their mothers. Some sort of resource exchange for mothers?

I hope to see you again soon both on pulsewire and maybe around Portland!

Lindsay

Dave Alexander's picture

Childen's Book List

Hello Wendy an Lindsay,

After thinking about Wendy's expressed passion for children, I was reminded of a book called Reach for the Moon by Samantha Abeel. It is out of print and my copy is buried in storage, but if you can find it, BUY IT. Whenever I feel low, or like my light is not enough, this book reminds me of the power of thought and word. (And in ensuring I had the title correct, I learned that Samantha has, at last, published a second book. It is on my wish list with great enthusiasm.)

And to Lindsay, thank you for reminding me about children's books. My daughter and I read dozens of intercultural children's books, particularly cultural folklore and mythology with strong female role models. Seldom "best sellers," there are many more than one might imagine. I wonder if we could get e-book permission for some of these as part of the a youth section? I bet the willingness would be high even if the tracking-them-down would be arduous.

This youth section will form, let's keep at it.

In Friendship, Dave...

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Wendy's picture

Empowering Children

Sorry, I haven't been in better contact. I have car and bike problems, as well as, employment issues I need to sort out.

I really like the e-book idea for youth. I know just the professor at PSU to ask about books; however, I'm not sure how the whole permission thing works. This is definately a start.

Because children are influenced at such a young age, this would be a wonderful way, to help emotionally empower female children. It would also help enlighten many male children in their attitudes towards females.

I can definately find some books! We would also need to target various ages, and have books sorted according to different age categories!

Best,

Wendy

Dave Alexander's picture

More on Books

Hello Wendy,

I hope this finds you well. My apologies for being delayed in responding to the e-books idea. Please do contact the professor. I have a list from which I can add our favorite multicultural books too. I was thinking that, since these books are not "big money earners" that the companies and people who hold the copyrights would give them to us for free if we do three things: 1) give them credit, 2) give them a hot-link from the e-book posting, and 3) request only low-resolution images to protect their "print" versions (which we would want to do anyway to lower the bandwidth for our community).

Another idea also came to me. How about we start a PulseWire Group for multicultural folklore, mythology, archetype, etc. Those of us in the first world could help with getting published material out there; but it is the women and children that "are PulseWire" that most know their cultural stories. By sharing them, some with illustrations, maybe we can stimulate an economic flow to them through publishing their own stories, with traditional artwork, either as books or in WorldPulse magazine. I am going to post this in my journal to see if there broader interest.

First we have to stimulated the flow. What to you think?

In Friendship, Dave...

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

William's picture

creating change for children

Hi Wendy,

I haven't found how to send you email within this website yet, so thought I would post this for now. Thank you for responding to my posting about helping children in Africa. I do have some ideas and dreams that can start in Portland. Drop me a line with your email and let's compare notes.
peace,
William Cleek

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