Monday, September 01, 2014

Television Spotlight: The War - A Film by Ken Burns

Tonight on PBS America an amazing fourteen part series called The War begins and will be shown weeknights. I was given the opportunity to watch the first two episodes ahead of time and I must say, it's an epic series. I'll definitely be watching the other episodes when it's broadcast each night.

The War is a series directed by Ken Burns and produced by Lynn Novick. From what I've seen in the first two episodes, they do an excellent job at telling this complex and wide-ranging story of World War II. I fully expect that the rest of the series will be as enthralling and informative. The story is told through the experiences of those who lived through that time and this gives a personal aspect of how it affected people in their everyday lives.

This film includes the experiences of veterans alongside photographs and historical footage which gives a well-rounded presentation of this world-changing event. As viewers we get to see what was at stake and the high price that was paid. This series is an excellent way to learn so much through the stories of those who lived it.

The War will be shown weeknights, and premieres tonight on PBS America in the UK at 9pm on Sky channel 534 and Virgin Media 243.

*Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this series for review. All opinions are mine.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Spotlight: The Passport Party Project

Today I'd like to spotlight a fun and informative global awareness initiative called The Passport Party Project. It's a wonderful opportunity for underserved American teenage girls, 11 to 15 years of age, to get their first passports and step into the experience of international travel. I am a great believer in the power of travel and the influence that it can have on everyone's life, but I'm especially drawn to encouraging young people to travel.

I didn't get the chance to travel much when I was at this age and didn't travel internationally until I was a grown-up. So I absolutely love that these young ladies are having the possibilities of international travel presented to them at an early point in their lives. I know how travel has enriched my life and now I want to help pass along that experience to these young ladies.

The Passport Party Project was launched by Tracey Friley in 2011. She is a woman who is very passionate about travel and giving our girls the chance to see the world and learn about other cultures.

Recently, The Passport Party Project has opened for applications to the next phase of the program. The submission period is now open and will continue until October 1, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

If you know of an American girl who is between the ages of 11 and 15 who is interested in seeing the world through international travel, why not help her apply for The Passport Party Project? You can find out more here. It's such a great opportunity to help give a girl the gift of travel!

Sending Love

I just wanted to check in and say that I hope that everyone has a good weekend. 



Monday, August 18, 2014

Spotlight: Atlantic Impact

Today I'm excited to share something wonderful that I've been given the opportunity to be a part of recently. It's a program that's offered through a great non-profit group called Atlantic Impact. Their objective is to support youth and introduce them to traveling internationally in order to broaden their horizons. Their goal is to provide each high school student in their district from the city of Detroit with a postcard.

I think that this is a fantastic program because it will expose the students to other parts of the world outside of their neighborhoods. When I was contacted by the organization I was so happy to help. I am getting ready to send the postcards pictured above to Detroit with short messages on each. As I wrote each one I thought about myself at their age and how I would have loved to receive a postcard or a letter from elsewhere. I didn't get to do much traveling when I was a child or teenager and I certainly didn't get to go abroad. I was a grown woman when I took my first trip outside of the United States. So I'm very excited for these young people because they are having the seed of international travel planted in their minds early. This makes me so happy! :-)

In addition to the postcard project, the organization offers students a well-rounded experience that teaches them valuable skills to use in their own communities and as they travel throughout their lives. Atlantic Impact says it best on their website when they highlight the skills that can be acquired through completion of the program. Some of those skills are:

 *Adaptability   *Leadership   *Responsibility   *Determination   *Patience
*Initiative   *Intellectual curiosity   *Critical thinking
*Understanding of global and cultural matters...and so much more
(from Atlantic Impact)

If you'd like to learn more about Atlantic Impact or if you'd like to get involved in helping, please visit their website at . You can also follow them on Twitter here .