Introducing myself and my journal: Salmon Run

Posted October 1, 2009 from United States

About Me:I'm a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Uganda, 2004-2006: I worked with primary teachers and community leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention projects), a community activist, a poet and a caretaker. I currently work in a public library, and I recently volunteered to help start a summer farmer's market in my neighborhood. This fall I'll resume reading with children in a local elementary school, I'm planning to take some Volunteer Literacy Tutoring classes so that I can work with adults one on one to improve their reading and writing skills. For me the best way to know about what's happening in the world has always been by hearing people tell their stories, either in person or through music, books and art. Meeting and sharing with women from all over world would be a powerful way to be active in our global community.

My Passions:Reading/writing, the arts, exploring the outdoors

My Challenges:Finding a better job situation that allows me to earn more and utilizes my skills.

My Vision for the Future:A world without poverty or war

My Areas of Expertise:Community organizing, writing

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Fatima Waziri - Azi
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 02, 2009

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Jade Frank
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 06, 2009

Hi Laura,

Welcome to PulseWire!

We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to further introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of nearly 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

Based on your interest in adult literacy, I suggest joining the Rafiki Club ( I myself am a member and take great joy in corresponding via letters with women in rural Kenya.

Perhaps you'd also be interested in joining the World Pulse Book Club (, where we read a book a month from a different corner of the world and discuss our thoughts and experiences with a global group of women. Last month we read Daughter of Destiny: An Autobiography by Benazir Bhutto, and are just starting in on the juicy discussion! October's selection is No Woman No Cry by Rita Marley.

I think you'll find PulseWire to be a safe space for women to share, connect, learn, support and grow in the empowerment process together. WELCOME!

Warm regards, Jade

Oct 07, 2009
Oct 07, 2009

Hi Laura,

Welcome to PulseWire! We are so glad that you have joined our online community. I so greatly enjoyed reading your intro journal. It sounds as though life has been rich, and full of incredible life experiences. I am so interested in your work that you did in Uganda with HIV/AIDS prevention. I love what you said, about reading people's stories. I also love to hear people's stories firsthand; their loves, inspirations, and insights. And their story. I think that is why I love PulseWire so much. Everyone has a story, and I love to hear people's life stories. The bonus on PulseWire, is that we get to connect with the author of the stories too. Amazing. Anyway, it was a joy to read a small piece of your story. I'd love to hear more. Please do share with more with PulseWire, we are listening.

kind regards, Jody