Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Review of Three Cups of Tea

Even if you're not an avid book reader, this book is a must read for all generations. It's an incredible true story of how one person can make a difference.

Greg Mortenson was a rock climber who failed in his attempt to scale K2--one of many treacherous, rugged mountains in the Pakistan Himalayans. Emaciated, exhausted and wandering aimlessly upon his descent, Greg went astray from the path leading to the base camp. Villagers welcomed this dazed foreigner and nursed him back to health. Greg promised to return and build a school for the children, especially girls who had no education. Unlike countless other climbers from across the globe that promised to help these poor villagers, Greg's words did not linger and hang forever on the jagged cliffs. He returned and accomplished what no other president, world leader, diplomat, or army could do. By delivering what Pakistan could not, Greg Mortenson's mission to build schools was an unknown, simultaneous weapon to fight extreme terrorists. He built schools alongside the breeding ground of the Taliban and the madrassas.

Greg Mortenson didn't set out to be a hero, he didn't even set out to 'make a difference' - he just set out to fulfill a promise that would have been so easy to forget.

The book is action packed with detailed descriptions of the breathtaking mountains, where few have reached the pinnacle and some even awaited death at the apex; the impoverished villages and equally rich-at-heart village people; the unlikely friendships and edge-of-your seat encounters. Not only did Greg Mortenson became a hero in a region where Americans are normally hated and where hostilities and death threats are sure-fire executions, the circle of supporters would have sacrificed their lives for Greg to help improve the lives of their families and entire village. Education is the only key not only for survival but to get ahead in life. The villages knew this simple concept. It was an American from Montana, that made it possible.

After reading this book, Greg Mortenson will become your hero, as he now is mine, next to Mother Teresa (Greg also has an "encounter" with this larger-than-life figure). I can't wait for a book-turned-movie version!

It's no wonder this book has ranked in NY Times best-seller's list for over 100 weeks.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Donors to Date for Cat Mission

Many, deep heartfelt thanks to the friends and concerned individuals, who have donated either cash, cat food or litter. Every little bit helps! I'm amazed how people I just met (ie. Moss Construction) have jumped in to help. It's the person who has less, that ends up giving more. I've written to the developer weeks ago and no response. So my fundraising efforts continue...

Fostering four kittens including vet care, then feeding, capturing and getting the older stray cats spayed and neutered adds up very quickly!!! Hundreds of dollars.

May God return your generosity tenfold!

DONORS:

Suzanne Albert, personal friend

Evelyn Castillo, personal friend

Adrienne D'Annunzio, personal friend

Lisa Evans, personal friend

Steven Griffin, personal friend

Carl McCastle, neighbor in my building

Karol Welcome--main office of my condo building

Tom Warshaw--Moss Construction

Tim Harris--Moss Construction

Mannix "Frenchy" Rodriguez--Moss Construction

Bob--Moss Construction

Helen--Moss Construction

To learn about my Mission and how all this started, CLICK HERE.

Contact me at 305-218-9952

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wild & Crazy Bras


In searching for the video of a news story online, I came across this slideshow of the "Craziest Bras You'll Ever See". These are clever and eyecatching to say the least. The company is Triumph International out of Japan.

If you follow my blog, then you'll know I used to work at Victoria's Secret for many seasonal jobs during college years. I consider myself a former expert on bras and appreciate the creativity in designing the fashion and function of bras.

Which one is your favorite? POST YOUR COMMENT BELOW!
Mine is hmm, for design "Love and the Planet" round globe bras and for function I'll pick the green solar panel bras to charge your cell phone and iPod. For motivation--the "Voter Turnout Lift Up Bra".

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

More Kitten photos 8-4-09

Bebe, Michael Jackson, and Geisha

Here are updated photos of the kittens playing together, eating together, and sleeping. The kittens are approximately 2 months old now. They get along so well with eachother as you can see, even the three black ones love their stepbrother, Cinder.

On Thursday I will be taking all four to the veterinarian for a checkup. If you are interested in adopting, please know you will need to give them their shots and have them spayed/neutered before they turn 6 months old.
Cinderello licking, Bebe Posing




Cinder and Geisha--aren't they adorable?!


Kittens lined up for eating



They love to play together. Keeps them entertained!



Still playing


Michael Jackson and Bebe sleeping


Brother and sister sleeping soundly