Author Kristen Lamb has posted a couple of times about being wary of going political or religious on your blog (though she does point out you can do good without annoying and/or alienating everyone in sight) but I couldn’t resist this video. If you’ve never seen Burns and Allen, well you’re in for a treat. (And the politics are really old – grin – so you should manage to view it without resorting to flaming or hate mail.)

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I saw this really good saying on Facebook in September, though I made my own graphic because I couldn’t source/attribute properly:

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk

Since behaving better is always a good thing, I thought I’d share some charitable organizations that I’ve found worth our time and/or money:

Provident Living – This website has some great information on how to become self reliant. It also has a link called “How to serve.” This takes you to one of my favorite charities, The Humanitarian Aid Fund. One thing I look for in a charity is low overhead. This fund sets the bar high, because none (you read that right) of your contribution will go to overhead costs. One hundred percent goes to helping people. They have other ways to pay for their overhead, so that contributions are not used for that purpose.

Our family also supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, because our lives have been touched by this cancer. Both my daughters have run for this wonderful foundation and one of my daughter’s is Fundraising for a Cure right now.

Another organization we’re big fans of is CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates. If you want to do more than just give money, this is a great way to do that.

(If you’re offended by ANY religious message of any kind, then don’t watch this next video, which asks the question, “Have I done any good in the world today.)

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One of my favorite quotes: “How often are we caught up in the thick of thin things?”

Update: Natalie Hartford, in her 9/28 blog posts asks: Why do you volunteer? Her Friday blogs are devoted to ending driving drunk.

Do you have a favorite charity? A cause you’ve worked for? Your favorite way to serve? Share it please and your comment will get entered in my monthly drawing for the $10 AnaBanana Bath & Body Treats (which is my way of saying thank you to the awesome people who stop by this blog!).

Here’s hoping that your day is both happy and filled with purpose!



Friday Fun Video: Going Where Perilous Pauline Shouldn’t and links

6 thoughts on “Friday Fun Video: Going Where Perilous Pauline Shouldn’t and links

  • October 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Love this post Pauline and both videos!!! The organizations you support do amazing work. I love that the Humanitarian Aid Fund doesn’t use any of its contributions to overhead. That’s something incredible.
    Thanks so much for the amazing support and shout out. Rocks my world. Woot woot!

    • October 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Natalie! We do have a few others we support, but these are main list. I think its so awesome that you work so hard against driving drunk. I think everyone has been touched by that tragedy in one way or another. Woot back at you!

  • October 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Today, our country is at a crossroads, and I can’t remain silent. But here’s the thing…if someone doesn’t like what I say, they likely wouldn’t like any of my books, either, because my worldview emerges when I write.

    • October 13, 2012 at 2:40 am

      I struggle with this, too, Tommie. I can’t bite my lip, since I’m tying, but I bite my…fingers? LOL!

    • October 13, 2012 at 2:38 am

      That is such a neat idea! To have vetted charities in one place! Thank you for the link!

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