August 31, 2009

Spaaaarific!

It's gosh darned time you treat yourself to some goodness, and here's something that's good for your body, your soul and your wallet: it's fall Spa Week from September 14-20 (some cities are October 12-18). They’re offering dozens of pampering spa treatments for one low(ish) price - $50.

They’ve got something for just about every body part – facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, acupuncture, micro-dermabrasion, reflexology, and even whole body detoxifying treatments.

Go to
www.spaweek.com to find participating day spas in your area. You've earned it.

August 26, 2009

Laughter As Medicine

Like yawns and the H1N1 virus, laughter is infectious. Can't prove it, of course, but if I was worried about being able to back up my statements with evidence, I'd be writing for the New York Times rather than this blog. What I can say is that laughter has been scientifically proven to be good for you. This press release from the University of Maryland says so: http://www.umm.edu/features/laughter.htm

So, to mark the latest of Miss Do-Gooder's 'Thank Goodness Thursdays' (stick with me here) I'm going to say a quick "Thank Goodness" for laughter. A little tenuous, perhaps, but we've started a Thursday theme and by God we're going to see it through. So here are a few people who are guaranteed to help you get your laugh on, and who, according to the University of Maryland, could be just what the doctor ordered.

Jim Gaffigan: Gaffigan has been recognized as the Funniest Man Alive every year since 1982*. His riffs are so fundamentally and structurally hilarious he never has to resort to the gimmick, the risque punchline or even a cussword to get a belly laugh. Fill your fat lazy boots at www.jimgaffigan.com/.

Kathleen Madigan: Runs Gaffigan a close second. This woman knows how to bring the funny. Check out her tour schedule at www.kathleenmadigan.com/.

Jon Stewart (The Daily Show): Can nobody else see things for the way they are? Proof that humor is the best (and sometimes last) defense. Check out http://www.thedailyshow.com/

*In this household, anyway. Didn't know him as a child, but he must have displayed unrivalled comic ability from the moment he was old enough to eat bacon.

Dose of Inspiration

Cheryl Richardson is one busy lady. The best-selling author, former Body + Soul columnist, radio personality (astronaut? pro-football player? Yogi? She does everything) is spreading her uber-inspirational messages (we're not talking inane drivel here; this stuff is really useful!) on just about every platform you can think of.

Catch her on Facebook and Twitter (@Coachoncall); get her free weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox; tune in to her "Coach on Call" Internet Radio Show every Monday at 5:00 p.m. EST, read one of her very popular books, or attend one of her live workshops. I don't know how she does it, but I'm glad she does.

Her topic this week was "Saying Goodbye: Learning to Let Go." To find out who it is you should be saying goodbye to and letting go, have a look at the full transcript here: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs057/1102098750791/archive/1102679161465.html.

August 25, 2009

Click It

Here's a quick, easy and free way to fight hunger, breast cancer, poverty, illiteracy, rainforest destruction and animal abuse (phew!) - all on one site (technically it's six sites, but you'll see what I'm talking about in a minute).

Go to www.thehungersite.com, and click on the big yellow "Click Here to Give - It's FREE" button. Congratulations, you're now helping eradicate hunger in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America (again I say: phew!).

Want to provide free mammograms to women in need? Simply click on the "Breast Cancer" tab, repeat the steps above, and within seconds you've helped fund a free mammogram to a woman who needs it.

Now that you've got the swing of it, head over to the blue "Child Health" tab. Each FREE click here provides life-saving treatments and preventative measures for an average of 1,000 children each day.

Care to share your love of Dr.Seuss or Winnie the Pooh? (Stay with me ...) Go ahead, hit the "Literacy" button and follow through to the bright orange "Click Here to Give - it's FREE button." You've just helped provide free books for low-income children across the country.

Preserving rainforests more your thing? There's a button for that too. Yep, the green one.

Lastly, but not leastly, click on the purple "Animal Rescue" button to help provide food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the United States every year.

Wanna know how this all works? Each of the sites is funded 100 percent by advertisers and sponsors. Which means that every click you make is absolutely, um, free.

August 21, 2009

Rise & Shine

Happy Friday!

Here's a great video from NBC News' "Make a Difference" series about a group of enterprising teens in Florida who are helping sow the seeds of hope.

August 20, 2009

Thankful Thursdays

A few of the things I'm thankful for.




















Mini, the most adorable dog in the world

My lovely husband Jeremy


"Our" stunning bridge

August 19, 2009

House Parties for Hope

If you haven't seen the brilliant Academy Award-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels," here's a great reason to get off your butt and see it - AND raise money for a great case.

On Friday, October 2nd - in celebration of Gandhi's 140th birthday - Kids with Cameras Foundation is calling on folks around the world to host house-screening parties of this moving 2004 film by Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman.

All funds raised through these "House Parties for Hope" will help the foundation reach its goal of raising $1.2 million to complete the construction of Hope House - the legacy project of the film.
The facility will be a safe haven in which 100 girls from Calcutta's red light district can live, study and develop the skills and confidence to change their circumstances.

Fantastic idea, and it's not as if watching this incredible movie is a drag. It's one of the best documentaries you'll ever see. Rent it, get in some popcorn and invite some friends over.

For more information about this inspiring event visit http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/houseparty/.




August 18, 2009

Sassy Superhero

Miss Do-Gooder doesn't tolerate intolerance, and she's got a new T-shirt to prove it. Get it here: http://www.missdogooder.com/.


And at the risk of giving the competition too much kudos, Miss Do-Gooder thinks these T-shirts are pretty cute too - and they all spread a little goodness themselves...

August 17, 2009

Notable and Quotable




Here are a few quotes to get your week off to a great start!

ABRAHAM LINCOLN:
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."

W.H. AUDEN:
"We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know."

GEORGE ORWELL:
"On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time."

JOHN WESLEY:
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

Know of any other good quotes? Please send 'em my way.

August 14, 2009

Share This


I was introduced to the concept of car sharing a few months ago when our car was rear-ended on the Bay Bridge. Totaled. Beautiful.

A couple days later, I was at the Union Street fair and came across a booth for City CarShare. Their friendly staff gave me a crash course (ha!) on car sharing and sent me on my way. One week later, after an online tutorial and review of my driving record, I had keys in hand and was ready to give it a whirl.

That weekend we had plans to help friends move to Larkspur. Here's how it worked. Step 1: Walk one block from our apartment and pick up up our pre-reserved car, a Toyota Prius. Step 2: Drive to Larkspur, stop at McDonalds to carbo-load. Step 3: Move dozens of boxes, walk up four flights of stairs, move even more boxes, walk down four flights of stairs, repeat 10 times. Step 4: Rehydrate. Step 5: Drive back to San Francisco and glide into our dedicated Car Share parking space. Yep, no more driving 'round and 'round for hours searching for a spot. And no need to fill up the car when you return it (unless it's under half a tank, in which case you use the gas card they put in every car). Total Cost: About 50 bucks.

City CarShare Facts:

  • Trips around town cost $5/hour + 40¢ /mile

  • Trips out of town cost $40/day + 10¢/mile

  • Rates include gas, maintenance, roadside service, and the best insurance you can get — up to $1 million per incident.

ZipCar is another great alternative for car sharing in San Francisco.

Dozens of cities in the United State now have car share companies. Here's a good list. http://www.carsharing.net/where.html

August 13, 2009

Tail Waggin' Trivia

Do you want to start your day with a warm fuzzy glow? All you need is a computer and one or two spare minutes. Go to www.freekibble.com, answer their daily trivia question for dogs and cats, and they'll provide 10 pieces of kibble to shelters across the country to help feed hungry animals. You don't even have to get the answer right. It's that easy. Don't you feel better already?