In March, I received a call I was never prepared to receive.
Earlier this month, I received a similar call.
Both times, my mother called to inform me that someone I knew had committed suicide.
At first, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the realities of these situations. I’ve dealt with deaths. There’s an ineffability of the aftermath of a suicide. No words can fully contain it. I am the type of person that always feels better when I DO something, which is why I am walking in the Out of Darkness Walk in Pasadena on November 4.
Please help me to vanquish the darkness of suicide by raising funds and awareness.
Los Angeles is a tremendous city, but in terms of animal welfare, it is still not a no-kill city. Animal euthenization did hit a three year low in 2015, according to city statistics, but LA still kills 14,000 animals a year in its shelters, which even city officials admit is too high. As the mother of two feral cats that I tamed off the mean streets of the City of Angels, I am very concerned about the welfare of our city’s animals, which is why I went to Lisa Vanderpump’s Pump Restaurant last night to pump up some cash for the amazing St. Martin’s Animal Rescue.
St. Martin’s is unique in its mission and focus. Check out their inspiring Mission Statement:
Our focus this year is to create an innovative, self-sustainable, solar powered haven in Southern California. This exciting new eco sanctuary and learning center will welcome families to enjoy free and enriching activities. This will expand the minds of our youth in a positive way and give them a sense of community and the importance of their involvement in our precious world.
I really like that. Animal welfare and our planetary, ecological welfare are deeply intertwined and it’s exciting to see St. Martin’s come up with innovative solutions to address both. I also like their emphasis on education. Our children are our future and Founder Sky Valencia’s commitment to education is evident when you meet with her and discuss the issues she is so impassioned about.
One in five Americans go hungryand one reason that happens is because of waste. There is no one culprit, though this petition specifically asks Albertson’s to take action. It’s an attitude adjustment that we need to make toward “ugly produce”. Food is food–whether it’s picture perfect or not.
It’s time to embrace the ugly produce so we can eradicate the ugly reality of hunger in our nation. It’s time to embrace the ugly realities, so that we don’t place blame, but take action.