• Lisa's lense IV

    Please click continue reading below to see the beautiful portraits of : Jackie Lue Raia, spokesperson for NJ Sharing Network...  I have never been a long-term planner, I live my life month to month and I wish I could say I live my life day to day.  I am always striving to be living in the present. Death is a far away event for me, but is it really? No one wants to get up in the morning and think today is the day I am going to get hit by a truck. But that is exactly what happened to Jackie Lue Raia’s mother, the spokesperson for NJ Sharing Network.  Her Mom was killed in a car accident and Jackie was forced to make the excruciating decision to donate her organs.
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  • Makers: Women Who Make America

    Please read the amazing article below from WAG MAGAZINE about our inspiring morphmom Nancy Armstrong of MAKERS....GIRL POWER...The shocking truth is that the story of the women’s movement had never been told before, at least not in a definitive documentary.So when Nancy Armstrong learned of this while attending a New York City fundraiser in 2010 for Dyllan McGee, a filmmaker who was trying to get a documentary about the women’s movement off the ground, her reaction was one of utter disbelief.“Are you kidding, this hasn’t been done?” she remembers thinking.It was then – after meeting Gloria Steinem and being galvanized by her words and by the excitement in a room full of women ready to move the project forward – that she took action, enlisting the help of AOL to get the film done.
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  • Letters From Ladytown

    Once upon a time, we all lived in a world of handwritten letters: creamy stationery, crisp envelopes, vivid ink. We took the time to put our thoughts down on paper, and tell our story in longhand. We would mail these little pieces of our everyday lives, wait for them to arrive and then wait in anticipation for a response. Letters from Ladytown hopes to integrate the essence of this lost art with how we live now. Simple really, but powerful we think. So much can happen if we slow down, quiet the chatter in our heads and listen to that small still voice that never fails us. Here at Letters from Ladytown, we are committing to taking the time to do this four times a year: spring, summer, autumn, winter. We are – literally – writing letters to each other to document what surfaces during those moments of silent introspection.
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    Have you ever wanted to apologize for something you did or said to another girl?Here's your chance....WHAT IS KIND CAMPAIGN?In February 2009, while attending Pepperdine University, two young girls recognized a problem and decided to do something about it. Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, both affected by female bullying, decided to create a documentary and non-profit that would ultimately change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across America.  The two girls packed their bags and traveled across America in a mini-van with their mothers to interview hundreds of females around the country. The journey is packed with hysterical moments as the four girls attempt to conquer the road and everything America has to offer.
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  • Lisa's lense

    Please click continue reading below to see the amazing portraits of : Suzann Bresler Goldstein,Founder, The Valerie Fund... Smart, beautiful, full of life, resilient, fiercely motivated, and most of all inspiring. Her life story is a roller coaster ride of tragedy and resilience. Sue Goldstein is a writer. She is a mother of two girls who have passed away from cancer. She keeps a tennis ball on her desk to remind her that she is like the tennis ball that bounces back.  As Sue’s story unfolds, there are tears in her eyes, but mostly there is a fierce determination to tell her story about her two girls.  As I listen to her life’s journey unfold there is a smile on her face and laughter that is contagious.
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  • Hear Grief Howl

    Hear Grief Howl        My husband Ed and I lost our two children, our girls, from two different kinds of cancer: Valerie at nine from bone cancer and Stacy at thirty-seven from breast cancer. When people discover that, a disturbed look clouds their eyes and pity thickens their voices. They look at me and wonder aloud, “How does one overcome such tragedy?” I don’t reply since I don’t know. I haven’t overcome anything.          What often follows conversations such as that are unsolicited proposals on how to get on with my life. To ‘overcome’.
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  • "And...Action!"

    “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”? Madeleine Albright 2006....Fresh from completing my latest short film, ENDING UP, I felt inspired! Good things were happening: My mission was strong (to make films by, for and about women over 40), Sheryl Sandberg’s book,“Lean In” had just come out, and Sundance had an equal number of women and men directors. I was motivated and ready for action!  On March 2, I attended the ’2013 Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Women of Action Summit’, an all-day event dedicated to the empowerment of women directors and female stories in film and television. I got to the conference, feeling excited, hoping to bond. Maybe I would even find a mentor! I felt connected to everyone there….
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  • Dog House 2

    ...(insert vertical, wiggly "time lapse" lines)...Spring 1998. I was a 4th grade teacher at a prominent Catholic school in Denver. I was also loving wife to my husband Doug and a devoted mommy to my first child, Morgan who was approaching his 1st birthday. We had just begun to feel comfortable in our new roles as parents, home owners and for lack of a better word, adults.  That April, my good friend and fellow teacher had invited me to her bachelorette party. It was a last night (as it is for all brides-to-be) get her sillies out before becoming "Mrs. (insert husband-to-be's last name)".  I left that evening with Doug's permission. It was understood that taxis were going to be the sole mode of transportation and that I'd be spending the night at the bachelorette's house.
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    • Author: Sue

    • Posted On: April 02, 2013

  • Dog House

     Happy Friday Morphmoms! So tonight, I'm "taking it easy" as per my husband's request/demand.  Last Friday night (Katy Perry, yeah...no), I found myself in the proverbial Dog House, impounded by Doug after a late evening out with my girlfriends.  As a married, 46 year old mom of 3, you may be wondering how exactly this came to pass. Let me begin by clarifying some things. First, I don't "go out" with my friends but every month or so and when we do, it's for a glass of wine and some dinner. I'm usually home by 8pm, so take "late" with a grain of salt.  Last Friday, we went a little "off the menu" as far as our outings go. We had 3 birthdays (mine being one of them) to celebrate. Usually, we take the Birthday Girl out for dinner either the night of or the Friday after her big day.
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    • Author: Sue

    • Posted On: March 21, 2013

  • Mommy Rising

    A powerful group of women is rising in the world right now. We were professionals in our fields, we waited to have children, we stepped out to raise them, and now we are back. But motherhood did something profound to us. Our "mid-life" crisis coincided with having our babies. We stepped out of our previous existences. We came face to face with questions of who we are, our purpose in the world and how we want the world to be, and we are redesigning both motherhood and the world from the inside out. Our generation of moms are redefining home. When we speak of home, we are not talking about the place we sleep at night, but the world we live in.Not content with the model that a woman has to become like a man to have success in the world, we have become entrepreneurial, approaching ourselves and our families as businesses.
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