Social Good

Halfway Normal: A September Story and How You Can Help

By helen / On September 11, 2017 / In Media Kaleidoscope, Social Good

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September is… For 10 years now, I have written blogs and op-eds beginning with those words and what follows is usually something like this. September is when most children are settling into a new school year, but for some children, those 16,000 who are diagnosed each year with childhood cancer, September is different. They may […]


Mission Storytelling: Powerful Stories That Move Us

By helen / On October 10, 2016 / In Media Kaleidoscope, Social Good

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Great charities have great stories. Does yours? Great stories come in multiple shapes and sizes. But they all have a few common foundational points: they are compelling and engaging, they are moving and seductive. They show vision or illustrate mission. The first level of storytelling is often “The Founder’s Story.” It’s the “how it all […]


Keeping Moments and Memories Alive

By helen / On January 1, 2013 / In Social Good

As moms, we’re already wired to do all we can to capture memories. We snap first steps, video school plays, document holidays and generally chase after our kids shouting “smile” until our own cheeks hurt. We do this because early on we learn that children are only children for a very short, fleeting period of […]


It’s Serious Fun for Singer Natalie Merchant

By helen / On September 27, 2012 / In Social Good

Twenty-five years ago, Paul Newman, with the support of his wife Joanne Woodward and eventually all of his family, decided kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases deserved to “raise a little hell” and go somewhere where even very sick “kids could be kids.”  His vision became The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in […]


Hope & Heroes: Helping Kids with Cancer

By helen / On April 27, 2012 / In Social Good

Instead of me posting about this wonderful cause, I am reposting a blog written by my friend, The Mother Geek, Jeanne Garbarino, who is a  passionate scientist/communicator, a Metro-North commuter (that’s how we met) and working mom. She writes at Double X Science. Good Deeds, Good Science: Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund A few […]