You probably are familiar with the No Ceilings Full Participation Project that Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are running through the Clinton Foundation.  Chelsea would like feedback from you.  She has sent out this survey and would like your participation.



Clinton Foundation

In 1995 the world came together and called for “the full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social, and cultural life.” Nearly 20 years later, not a single country has achieved this goal, not even the United States.

As many of you know, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project at the Clinton Foundation, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, has started gathering information and data on the status of women and girls around the world. Our goal is to use data to understand the gains and gaps women have made in achieving full participation over the last 20 years.

While data is critical to our project, your stories and experiences are also essential to understanding the challenges we face. We created the No Ceilings Survey to help us understand what women and girls are experiencing in their own communities and countries.

Take the No Ceilings Survey.

Data combined with and your voices and opinions will help inform a 21st century policy agenda to advance the full participation of women and girls globally. In order to understand where we need to go, we must understand how far we have come and the challenges that women and girls still face around the world today. I know that together we can break through the remaining ceilings that limit the full potential of women and girls and I hope you will lend your voice to this project. Thanks for your consideration.

Take the No Ceilings Survey.

Thank you,

Chelsea Clinton



In case you wondered, when Hillary launched her Bay area Too Small to Fail campaign in July, why the posters, tee-shirts,  and logos prominently featured crayons and the word ‘color,’  here is why the slogan was ‘read, talk, sing, color.


How Art Encourages Creativity (And Other Development, Too)

If you’ve ever seen the look of delight or wonder that comes over a young child’s face when they first use a crayon to draw, then you’ve witnessed the effect that art can have on a child’s development. Art engages children on many different levels as it supports eye-hand coordination, creativity, and visual learning, among other developmental skills. And children often enjoy making art, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time and using inexpensive items, like recycled food containers or homemade materials. By encouraging young children to engage in artistic activities, parents and caregivers can help their children’s brain development and provide a good source of stress relief, too.

According to several recent studies cited by the National Endowment for the Arts, art can also improve language development in young children. When parents talk with children about the art they are making, children learn how to describe visual elements like colors and shapes, and build their vocabularies even as they fine-tune their motor skills. Parents can help build language skills further by pointing out the art around them—a mural on the side of a building or a painting in a doctor’s office—and having a conversation with their children about what they see.

Making art also helps young children express their emotions and provides a good outlet for stress. When children finger-paint or mold shapes with age-appropriate clay, they build their self-esteem and learn how to find comfort in quiet activities. By finding creative ways to include art in a young child’s life, parents can encourage their children’s social and emotional well-being.


Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from PBS.org explains why art is important to young children, and offers ideas for how to incorporate it into everyday life.
  • These art activities from Sesame Street will encourage your child’s imagination, and her language skills, too!
  • This recipe for homemade playdough from First 5 California is an easy and inexpensive way to encourage your child’s artistic expression.


This infographic from Too Small to Fail offers fun ideas for art activities of all kinds that children—and parents!—can enjoy. >>

Tuesday night’s interview is available here in three parts.  It cannot be embedded.





For several years, the Clintons have spent a few August weeks on Long Island.  This year it will be Amagansett.   Last year they mixed business with vacation by holding a Clinton Foundation fundraiser on the island.  This year, Hillary will sacrifice a few vacation days to sign copies of Hard Choices for vacationers in the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard.

No one is going to argue that her book is not a beach read, but sand, surf, and sun lotion are not items I would want near my signed copy.  In fact  I would not leave my copy lying around on a beach blanket while I went in for a dip – not without a Secret Service detail.  Would you?


Event Name:



Long Island Book Signing

Book Revue

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM

Martha’s Vineyard Book Signing

Bunch of Grapes

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Long Island Book Signing

Bookhampton East Hampton

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 05:00 PM


Saratoga Springs in upstate New York enjoys a lively summer tourist season.  First known for its mineral baths, it is home to a world-renowned racetrack that draws a summer racing-season crowd.  Today, however, it was neither the waters nor the track that drew visitors.  It was Hillary Clinton, who visited Northshire Bookstore there to sign copies of her memoir, Hard Choices.   Ticketholders sported the familiar bottled water seen at these events rather than the native mineral-infused fluids from the springs.


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Here is some local coverage of the event with a slide show.


Hillary was at the Seekonk, Massachusetts Sam’s Club for a book signing yesterday.  The Boston Globe seems to have cornered the market on the photos with this slideshow.  It is short but sweet (especially the last pic).  Enjoy!


Hillary was in top form with Fareed Zakaria on this morning’s  GPS.   She was bright, cheerful, specific, firm, and clear on her positions.  Responding to a broad range of questions, she displayed  circumspection with regard to nations and populations as well as to individual actors on the world stage.



Additional video and remarks here >>>>


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