Inspiration Of A Game Show Giant

Inspiration Of A Game Show Giant

Tribute To A Game Show Giant

Richard Dawson Dies | Richard Dawson

I just want to take a moment to pay tribute to a Game Show Giant, Mr. Richard Dawson

RIP Mr. Dawson

British comedian Richard Dawson was picked to play Corporal Newkirk in the World War II sitcomHogan’s Heroes in 1965, and a television career was born. Dawson next appeared in the comedy smashLaugh-In and the game show Match Game, before taking what became his signature job: wisecracking, contestant-kissing host of the game show Family Feud. Dawson hosted the game from 1976 until 1985, and then again for one season in 1994. He also played an evil game show host in the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film The Running Man. He died from complications of esophageal cancer in 2012.

Extra credit:

Dawson’s replacement on Family Feud was the late Ray Combs… Dawson met his second wife, Gretchen Johnson, when she was a contestant on Family Feud… Dawson’s first wife was British actress Diana Dors… His co-stars on Hogan’s Heroes included Bob Craneas Hogan and John Banner as Sgt. Schultz… His co-stars on Match Game included host Gene Rayburn and panelists Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly.

Inspiration Of Being Appreciated

Inspiration Of Being Appreciated

Inspiration Of Being Appreciated

Today, to my surprise and delight  I received a message from the blog My Coaching Project! She nominated me for the Reader Appreciation Award. It’s not true that it’s a little surprise, but a REAL BIG gift for me here! I really appreciate her kind nomination as well as all the support I have received from different bloggers on WordPress throughout this short period of time since my first blog.Thank you all so much!

To accept the Award, I’d now follow the specified rules:

  1. List something you’ve been up to lately.
  2. Nominate 6 other blogs.

What I’ve been up to lately

I am very busy with my day job and the work that I doing for The NewMe Accelerator. We are working to help minorities and women get funding for their tech start-ups.


My Blog Recommendations are:

  • Healing For The Nation
  • little box of books
  • idealisticrebel
  • catseyesk
  • sturner2
  • linneann

I believe they are all worth reading. Blogs that will brighten up your day. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have!


A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
― Maya Angelou

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Emine Saner

The Guardian March 7, 2011

Article History

Sampat Pal Devi

Leader of the Gulabi Gang in northern India, an all-women vigilante force

Dressed in pink saris and wielding bamboo sticks, the Gulabi gang are an all-women vigilante force, and their warrior leader is Devi. The daughter of a shepherd, she taught herself to read and write. When she was 12, she was married to an ice-cream seller and by 20, she had five children. One day in her village in Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest states in India, she saw a man beating his wife; Devi begged him to stop but he refused. The following day, she returned with a small group of women, all carrying sticks, and beat him like he had beaten his wife. The gulabi, or “pink”, gang was formed.

Devi, a controversial if effective character, refuses help from officials or NGOs, saying “they are always looking for kickbacks”, preferring to let her members, most of whom are from the lowest caste in Indian society, take matters into their own hands. The sisterhood has stormed police stations when officers have refused to register complaints of abuse against women, attacked men who have abused their wives, stopped child marriages and encourages girls to go to school. Devi, who has a list of criminal charges against her, now has around 20,000 members; an outlaw on a rusty bicycle, she travels from village to village across northern India holding meetings and gathering new recruits. “Village society in India is loaded against women,” she says. “It refuses to educate them, marries them off too early, barters them formoney. Village women need to study and become independent to sort it out themselves.”

Local Inspiration

Local Inspiration

Local Inspiration

We first had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Weiss at the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. in September, 2009.  We had just launched Bum Boosa a couple of months prior to that amazing weekend there.  Jessica took an interest in our bamboo products, and in turn, we learned about her incredible life’s mission with GrowingSOUL and a couple of her other projects.  She truly is making a difference. Here is why… 


Jessica is the Founder and Executive Director of GrowingSOUL (Sustainable Opportunities for Universal Learning), a project of Project Change, Inc.   This program connects children, adults and the community in learning how to develop  a healthy farm system.  We love GrowingSOUL’s approach to teaching others to produce food without having a negative effect on the environment.  It is also a program that can be a national model for other communities to replicate in both urban and rural settings.   

Interview with Jessica

Bum Boosa: Tell us what lead up to the creation of GrowingSoul? 

Jessica: “I opened a restaurant while I was in college at Berkeley and learned about growing your own herbs and the importance of a direct connection with those who produce your food.I was looking for a way to combine my love of foods with my educational expertise, my desire to do community service, my passion to live sustainably and the urgency I feel to connect people.  As a yoga and pilates teacher, I love getting to help others find meaningful connection on their own paths every day.   Going back to my Montessori teacher roots, I was excited about the prospect of a hands-on-project that I could share with my family and my community…”

“…I had read Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and then “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” in the summer of 2007. I joined a Polyface Farms buyers club that fall and became a hostess the following fall. Joel Salatin was on a panel in May 2009  at the premier of the movie FRESH. I went to connect with him and introduce myself.” 

(Joel Salatin  is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct-marketing to consumers and restaurants.)

Jessica: “While watching the movie (Fresh), I was most impressed with Will Allen and was inspired by his sharing his vision of dismantling racism by creating equal access to food for everyone.”

(Will Allen is a former professional basketball player and an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. In 1995, while assisting neighborhood children with a gardening project, Allen began developing the farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization Growing Power, which he directs and co-founded.  Watch a video where Will Allen discusses his projects  )

Jessica:  ”My daughters go to a school located along the Underground Railroad and there is a huge hollow tree behind their campus. It was where the Quakers put food for the slaves making their way towards freedom. I love this tree and always thought I would be cool to fill it with real food as a tribute to the legacy of supporting people in their struggle to be free. A modern act of food sovereignty.  I entered into a conversation with Will at the movie premier by asking him if he would like to have an outreach training center in his home town (Rockville) along the Underground Railroad. He was intrigued and we spoke for 20 minutes until they kicked us out of the theater. That was the beginning of GrowingSOUL.”

Bum Boosa: You are quite a busy woman! Tell us about your other ventures, YogaMoms and Cozy Bamboo.

“YOGAMOMS is an acronym for:
Yoga in an
Mothers in

I had a 1 year old and was pregnant with my second so I started taking yoga classes as a coping mechanism. I got into it and decided to take a teacher training. I had taken a pre natal class in the area and didn’t enjoy it. I toyed around with starting my own training. I went out for dinner to celebrate my father’s 60th birthday, had a little wine and it kept me up all night thinking about what to call my classes. YOGAMOMS was born that night- 12-1/2 years ago.

CozyBamboo was begun when I first felt bamboo fabric on my body- SO COZY!  I learned how eco-friendly bamboo is and what excellent anti-bacterial and wicking properties it has. I was determined to market everything bamboo as the greenest way to green your life. I hooked up with a clothing designer who was also a yoga teacher and started sharing the wonders of bamboo with my students.”

Bum Boosa: What was the last book you read?

Jessica: “I start MANY but the one I finished was “Julie & Julia”  I met Julia when I was catering an event at Chalone Vineyards in the late 80′s. She was checking out the set up before the guests arrived and was popping samples. I introduced myself and mentioned that we went to the same high school in Pasadena. She threw her head back, laughed wildly and smacked my backside. She was so joyous and damn near giddy. I remember that day fondly. I loved reading about her love affair with her husband.” 

Bum Boosa: You’ve been a supporter of Bum Boosa Bamboo Products for a couple of years now. What can you say about the benefits you perceive of using bamboo for our wipes and bathroom tissue and potentially other types of products?

“I use the wipes like crazy. I feel terrible throwing things out and these eco-tastic wipes help green my conscious. I use then to clean up after farming, and a quick wipe after running around or sweating though a yoga or pilates class. I keep them in my pocket like a handkerchief and rinse them out. They are always good for another 5 uses before I have to retire them to the compost pile. I can’t wait to try the TP!”

Visit Jessica’s website and learn more! 

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