Post election thoughts…

Done.

I know I’m not the only American who is still trying to sort out the thoughts and emotions that surfaced in me along with the election this past Tuesday. And I’m not going to delve into my political beliefs online, nor am I going to tell you what I think you should believe. I am also not going to make gross generalizations about what “type” of person you are based on your political leanings, especially online or on social media, which tends to be the worst platform for true constructive DISCUSSION. (Although I must add that most of my Facebook feed has been respectful, for which I am incredibly grateful). I will say this – I think most (if not all) of us can agree that there is A LOT of work WE ALL need to do as a nation to make living here a better place for all of us. And while most of us do not have the means or resources to make huge sweeping changes to our culture or economy, we all can absolutely start on a micro level, even if that just means “try to be kind to all people”.

My birthday is coming up in under 2 weeks. I would love nothing more than to inspire people to commit to at least one small action to be a part of the solution. Please consider contributing time or money or resources to help someone or something that needs help (and there are plenty!), and please consider thinking about what you say and ask yourself if it is truly constructive to add to the discourse before you say it. I’d love for us all to work at inspiring each other, and not drag each other down. I’m working on actively trying to be less cynical- I’d rather go through life hopeful and occasionally being disappointed by people or situations than to go through life being disappointed BY life. I’m hoping that you share the same thoughts and if you are American, that you take responsibility for having a role in creating a “more perfect union”.

I’m listing below 37 different organizations that have some sort of influence on me, and if you find that you can donate time/money or resources to them, I’d love that as a gift. If you aren’t able, I’d love it if you would just try your hardest to be kind to people, even if they make it a challenge for you to do that. Thanks for reading this, and please feel free to pass along!

Bebashi
http://www.bebashi.org/
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
http://www.alexslemonade.org/
Slow Food Chicago
http://www.slowfoodchicago.org/
CPS
http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/Departments/Pages/ChildrenFirstFundCPSFoundation.aspx
Philly Friends of the Free Library
http://www.libraryfriends.info/index.php
Lyric
http://lyric.org/
Angelic Organics
http://www.csalearningcenter.org/
Growing Power
http://www.growingpower.org/
University City Hospitality Coalition
http://uchc.phillycharities.org/
Ronald McDonald House
http://www.philarmh.org/
GOTR
http://www.gotrchicago.org/
Anderson Monarchs
http://www.andersonmonarchs.org/
SIDS Research
http://www.cjsids.org/
St Colettas
http://www.stcolettail.org/
Found Chicago
http://www.foundchicago.org
WOunded Worrior Project
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Louis Kids
http://www.louieskids.org/
Lindy Hoppers Fund
http://www.lindyhoppersfund.org/
Toys for Tots
http://www.toysfortots.org/
CAWC
http://cawc.org/
Hurricane Sandy Relief
https://www.robinhood.org/
Tied to Greatness
http://www.tiedtogreatness.org/
BBBS
http://www.bbbschgo.org/site/c.bkLUKcOVLkK2E/b.6384659/k.F0BF/Home_Page.htm
Surfrider Foundation
http://www.surfrider.org/
Habitat For Humanity
http://www.habitat.org/
Teach For America
http://www.teachforamerica.org
Operation Smile
http://www.operationsmile.org/
Alzheimers
http://www.alz.org/
Jazz Foundation
http://www.jazzfoundation.org
American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/
Autism Speaks
http://www.autismspeaks.org/
Energy Foundation
http://www.ef.org/home.cfm
American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org/
Glass Slipper Project
http://www.glassslipperproject.org/
Chicago Cares
http://www.chicagocares.org/
Chicago Architecture Foundation
http://www.architecture.org/
Girls Rule
http://www.girlz-rule.org/

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About scrapplequeen

Tri-coastal. PHL->SF->CHI.
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2 Responses to Post election thoughts…

  1. Tessa Auza says:

    So very very proud of you Nora….

  2. Tessa Auza says:

    Just saw this and thought of how you are a ripple in all of this change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pBK2rfZt32g#!

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