Ideas on Mothering

As Mother’s Day approaches, we ask, “Do you love your children because you have a college degree?  Or because you live in a rich country?  Do you do what is best for them because you have electricity and running water?  Do you get up with them in the middle of the night when they need […]

Something Ridiculous

The budget has been tight this past year in trying to get back into the swing after a year of self-employment.  Delving into a designer bag / food business out of my home, I hoped the correlation of hard work with my gleeful hobby would translate into mountains of cash.  After all, Coach had to […]

Who Do You Trust?

The Power Ball jackpot was over $300,000,000.  I decided that the millions upon millions could come in handy, so I bought a ticket.  When I purchase a Lotto ticket, which isn’t often, the ticket-to-my-own-personal-fortune clanks around in my wallet for weeks.  Because the drawing has long passed and the numbers are no longer posted, the […]

Mary Dailey Brown is a Top Woman in Philanthropy

SowHope could be the featured nonprofit at Little PINK Book’s upcoming Spring Into Ownership event!  Click here to cast your vote for Mary Dailey Brown, President & CEO of SowHope. Donate Volunteer Source: Sow Hope

A lesson in sales

It is always good to hear how people around the world use their resources to improve their lives.  I recently visited a country, south of our border, and passed a guy selling cigars on a crowded street corner.  I then overheard his witty sales pitch to a woman behind me. Salesman: “Buy my cigars, Ma’am?” […]

Surviving or thriving; what is the key?

Last weekend my son, Alex, a friend, Mike, and I made what has become an annual winter trip to Tijuana and Tecate, northern border towns of Mexico.  From 1989 to 2005 our family went each summer with volunteer church teams to build one or two homes. Within a few years we added winter trips to […]

How important is it that women vote?

This week, I read about two women in their early 20’s who had just cast their votes.  The first one is Dalia, my friend from Egypt, who excitedly wrote on her Facebook page, “I voted! It took me six hours, but it was so worth it…” The other is Natalie from the Democratic Republic of […]

Who was the 7 billionth person in the world?

What is so special about Nargis?  Well, she was named the 7 billionth person in the world a few weeks ago, when it was estimated that we hit that milestone number in our global population.  While no one knows exactly who it was, the government of India, which holds one-sixth of the world’s population, pointed […]

The burden women carry

My first recollection of blatant gender discrimination in the developing world took place on the side of a mountain.  My friend Bev and I were being escorted down a well-worn Himalayan path just as the sun was setting.  We were trying to reach a good sized village where we would meet our driver and a […]

My encounter with Nicholas Kristof the NY Times writer

At SowHope we are really thankful for Nicholas Kristof.  He is a NY Times writer and co-author of the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”. He is one of the major voices speaking up for impoverished women in the world.  His book, which he co-authored with his wife, Sheryl Wudunn, […]