Monthly Archives: March 2016

Poolside with Pamela: Interview with Incredible Musician Moby

Moby Hopes the Environmental Movement will Further Education on Consequences of Animal Agriculture

I had the pleasure of meeting Moby at the Global Green Grants Gala in May of 2014. Listen in on what Moby has to say about what he would like to see from Global Green!



PH: Tell us what you would like to see, even from 2 years from now, with Global Green?

MOBY: Specifically with Global Green? Hm, that’s a very broad question. That’s a good question. One of my hopes is that the environmental movement will further educate people to the environmental consequences of animal agriculture. Even separate, I’m a vegan, but separate from veganism, just how environmentally irresponsible it is for factory farming and animal-based agriculture. So that’s one of my hopes. Is to continue education about that.

PH: Moby, what would you say is an environmentally conscious song, any favorites?

MOBY: An environmentally conscious song? I have no idea. I don’t know what the criteria would be for an environmentally conscious song. I’ll go with Imagine by John Lennon. Even though it’s not specifically about environmentalism, it’s a beautiful message.

Who Helped You Get There? Part 1

passion led us here

Team Living and Giving, you may have done something good today.

Maybe you helped someone …. that shows you are a good person.

Uplifted a spirit with an encouraging word

Or motivated another person to finish the 5k (or a walk around the block!)

Picked out weeds from a garden, cleaned the dishes, drove someone to the airport.

Or maybe you even flew across the world to volunteer!

You might have started a company, served as mayor, or fundraised $10,000 for a nonprofit.


But in all the good we do… there is one thing we know for sure…


Stay tuned to find out!


what led you here post

Let People Be Seen

 “We all share the same Struggle and Love”  — Brittani Sensabaugh
Brittani Sensabaugh is photographer making a difference.
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At one point in life, she was a fashion photographer in NYC.
But she changed her life.  Instead of her life being about clothes, she wanted it to be about the people behind the clothes.  Now she documents people of all backgrounds, colors and ethnicities, letting their story be heard.   She showcases their life.
In seeing how Brittani changed her life and the world, we can ask ourselves similar questions: Are you happy in what you do? Are you good at it?
Maybe it’s time to stay where you are.
Maybe it’s time to change.
Regardless, we can help others, change ourselves, and change the world.
As Brittani says,
“See the common, beautiful life we all share.  And let’s help each other along the way.”

Brittani Sensabaugh was born and raised in Oakland, California. Throughout her childhood Sensabaugh thought her calling was through the written word, just like her mother. Her brother always told her to add some visuals into her writing. It wasn’t until much later that she realized her was right.  In her twenties a new job moved her to New York. She was working as a fashion photographer; a dream job for some, but she was quickly learning to dislike the gig. She soon realized that she was more interested in the people rather than the clothing they wore.
Sensabaugh has made it her mission to explore the truths within the negative perceptions of urban areas in America.

A Prayer for England

A prayer for England (and also our own blessed country).
Lord, bless this kingdom, that religion and virtue may season all sorts of men: that there may be peace within our gates, and prosperity in all our borders. In time of trouble guide us, and in peace may we not forget Thee; And whether in plenty or in want, may all things be so ordered, that we may patiently and peaceably seek Thy Kingdom and its righteousness, the only full supply and sure foundation both of men and states; so that we may continue a place and people to do Thee service to the end of time.
– William Laud 1573-1645
What a turbulent time. In Laud’s day, they were in the midst of the English Civil War. This was a nine year long series of armed conflicts between Parliamentarians and Royalists in the Kingdom of England. The main cause of the conflict was the manner of it’s government. So William Laud made this supplication for peace.  That his country would be blessed. That they would be successful.  That is times of challenge he would be guided, that they would be guided. That we wouldn’t forget a higher power, and that that higher power is governing us… that we are patiently, and peacefully, seeking a world of hope and stability.
Are you facing an unsure situation today? Has something got you rattled?
Then hold on.
Go back to William Laud’s quote and get inspired.  Let’s hope for peace, stability and kindness to reign. Actually, I am not going to hope for it, I am going to live it and expect it. That will bless not only me but all mankind, everywhere.
Take a stand against your trouble.  It is not hopeless. You can bring peace to bear upon it, first in your heart, then to those around you.  Peace is coming. 


William Laud, was born in 1573 to a clothier. Laud grew up in Reading, Berkshire, collecting manuscripts and studying scholars. After waiting over a decade, at age 60 Laud was named the Archbishop of Canterbury in the days of King Charles I. It was a turbulent time, throughout one of the violent divisions in the Church of England, eventually culminating in the English Civil War. The pun “give great praise to the Lord, and little Laud to the devil” is a warning to King Charles attributed to the official court jester. Laud was known to be touchy about his diminutive stature. Under English Law, it was part of Laud’s office as Archbishop to maintain order and to punish offense against those who disrupted the peace of the Church. He made it his practice to proceed not only against the poor and obscure offenders (as done in the past) but also, against rich and powerful ones. Laud was a firm believer that all men should be treated equal before the law, and it was his integrity on this point that ultimately cost him his life. His last dying wish was in a prayer for the world he was leaving, “…bless this kingdom with peace and charity”. After serving as Archbishop for over 10 years, he died on January 10, 1965

Help A Youth Speak!

I run a website for online giving and volunteering, but there’s nothing like getting in there on the ground!
Youth Speaks is active in helping youth get their voices heard.  They train young people in writing, advocating, speaking out, and competing in poetry slams all over the nation. This is all geared towards making a change in society, all while building their skills and self-esteem.
What a joy to visit with Ashley Smiley and Gabriel Cortez at Youth Speaks. Ashley is the Production Manager and supervises facilitators and keeps the Youth Speaks shows running smoothly. Gabriel is a spoken word poet and teaching artist. There is such devotion by the staff. Gabriel’s pure heart shines through in his work!
Youth Speaks has a wide variety of programs.  What I liked the most is it was not just about creativity, but the program also creates a long-term community, a life network.
They make a commitment to the children through all their chapters in life. While it starts off with training in writing, the children are also exposed to numerous events on living positively and making job connections. As Ashley said, “We create a true family.”
Here are some of the programs with which I was very impressed: First, they have After School Programs all over the U.S. They are in nearly every state and in multiple places across the Bay Area, including San Francisco, The Mission, Berkeley, and Oakland. In these after school programs they focus on writing.
Next, there is Open Mic. Open Mic allows people to practice their poetry and get up on stage. There is no grading system and no pressure. It is an opportunity for one to put forth his voice.  What a great skill for anyone to learn, at anytime in life!
When participants feel ready, they can go into formal competitions. At each stage, one must have new original content, which is graded. With continued progress, one may be chosen to be a part of a team called Brave New Voices. Brave New Voices usually consists of five poetry creators who create three minute and thirty second long poems. There is a coach and the team goes to a national competition.
There is a clear way to express yourself in a low-pressure, supportive community. There is also a way to continue to ascend and become more advanced if you choose. I like this: It doesn’t put pressure on the kids, but shows them that there is a pathway to greater success if they want it.
Then, they really get into life. The annual event Life is Living features dance classes, sustainable foods, a petting zoo, and keynote speakers. The goal is to expose guests to all of the positive things in life; to show how you can live a life that is connected to the earth and doing good. It is an example of how to make choices in your day to day, such as choosing organic foods or composting.
Most impressive is their work with accomplished authors. Last summer Ashley worked with Anna Deavere Smith at some of the poetry competitions. They also work closely with the San Francisco Jazz Festival.
One of the most appealing aspects of Youth Speaks is its incredible balance of informality and elegance. You can simply take a class or you can participate in a celebration at the Opera House with high level authors and speakers. It is essential that our youth experience both of the following: 1) comfort and ease of involvement and 2) access to experiences that they would never have otherwise. If you have the former, then introducing the latter is much easier.
Youth Speaks opens up the children’s minds as to how special they are and what they can accomplish. They should be going to the Opera House just like everyone else.   Let’s support them — go hear their voice!