Webgrammar (well, really me) has a new site on the excellent social networking site, Ning. How come? It's been clear for some time that social networking is here to stay. Technology and communications change almost in the blink of an eye. And everything moves forward. I want to stay in the mainstream so I can give my best to my two ezine subscribers and to my clients. I decided to focus for now on Twitter and Ning. I'm also participating in a third social networking site that will be open to the public in October. It's for people who pre-bought Seth Godin's latest book. He's the Permission Marketing/Purple Cow guy. Amazing. Anyway, I happen to know all of my ezine subscribers are remarkable in one way or another, and some of them love to network ideas, projects, etc. Sure enough, I no sooner started the place when author/educator/marketer Hal Alpiar joined. You've got to read about his project, Tales on Wheels. And Helen Harris, a brilliant watercolorist, joined and graciously shared some of her exquisite work. We'll also be hearing about a startup nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest called Mossyrock Area Education Foundation, a comprehensive after-school project that finally took wing. Grammar. Sooner or later we'll touch on that, but for now, we're focusing on Tales on Wheels and the Mossyrock Area Education Foundation. Please consider joining us.
August 11, 2008 Waikato Times, New Zealand, Cash aid kicks off for Autism Assistance dogs' costs, Donations have already begun rolling in for the three Waikato families left with a $33,000 bill after Qantas blocked their Autism Assistance dogs from being taken aboard a plane at Los Angeles Airport. But the airline itself has not fronted up...
Karen Shirk, Executive Director of 4PawsforAbility, Inc., is featured this week as a CNN Hero. I'm webmaster for the site, and know a bit about what she does for this organization. Karen's enthusiam and commitment truly make a difference in the lives of many families, and she hopes her organization can grow in a healthy way so she can see increased numbers of families helped. Her agency's website is at http://www.4pawsforability.org - it's worth a visit. And be sure to read about her children. She has one adopted child at home, and three in Haiti awaiting the time when all the approvals can be made.
I'm privileged to be working on a possible website update for one of the most amazing organizations: 4 Paws for Ability. I immediately got to know the story of Ben, who inspired Karen Shirk to found this nonprofit organization that tries to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Here's the poem she wrote about this magnificent companion:
The Heavens looked down upon my life and saw my suffering.