Portlight Disaster Relief

Colorado Wildfires

By: Portlight, 1:11 PM GMT on June 29, 2012






Colorado Wildfires
In our partnership with CCDC (Colorado Cross Disability Coalition) we've sought out those in dire need of help in the wake of the fires; one of our friends at the CCDC learned of a woman, H.M., in need of our help:

H.M. is a mom of a teenaged daughter who lost custody of her daughter in summer 2011. She has made wonderful progress on her treatment plan, and is nearing return of her daughter. She had moved into new housing the day before the Woodland Heights fire in Estes Park, and had not even unpacked boxes before being forced to flee with her life when the fire approached her home. She lost all of her personal belongings.

We are moving forward with providing assistance where we recognize a need; contact us here or you can go to the CCDC website by clicking here if you know of someone you feel could qualify.

As always, we do the good works that we do with your help: volunteering your time, materials and funding helps us to help others. Click the Paypal button above or email us at volunteers to offer assistance, whether in goods or services.


Portlight Strategies and the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition

Portlight is teaming with Colorado Cross Disability Coalition to bring relief to disabled survivors of the the recent Colorado wild fires. You can go to the CCDC website by clicking here.

As always, we do the good works that we do with your help: volunteering your time, materials and funding helps us to help others. Click the Paypal button or email us at volunteers@portlight.org.


Updated: 11:27 PM GMT on July 04, 2012

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A Letter to Mother Nature: a book review

By: Portlight, 3:32 AM GMT on June 07, 2012









A Letter to Mother Nature: a book review
By Dr. Jeff Masters

One of the features of wunderground.com that I'm most proud of is one all of you can take credit for--our wunderphotos. Each day, users of the web site upload an average of 500 - 600 photos of some of the most beautiful and spectacular natural phenomena on the planet. We all share the same atmosphere, and one really gets a sense of that connection when we look at the wunderphotos, which come from every corner of the planet. Since 2003, 1.5 million wunderphotos have been uploaded, with over half a million just in the past three years. We have a dedicated team of volunteer reviewers that screen each photo, and I owe a big thank-you to all of you who have served as wunderphoto moderators. One of our most dedicated wunderphotographers, Lucy Woodley (wunderhandle: observing), was inspired to collect a set of 90 of her favorite wunderphotos and put them into a book. Her effort, A Letter to Mother Nature, was published this May. Each photo in the book has a sentence above it, poetically describing the scene below. It only takes a few minutes to whip through the book, but the spectacular images and thoughtful text invite one to linger longer and contemplate the natural beauty we are surrounded by. Here's a sampling of the text and images from the book, with wunderphotos by SunsetFL, CameraDiva, and Sharrose:

Dear Mother Nature,
Quite simply, I am in awe
of you and here is why...

You remind us to always look up...




...for there are great wonders overhead.



We can't resist dancing in your meadows.



A Letter to Mother Nature is $14.99 (paperback) from amazon.com. Proceeds from sale of the book go to support the disaster relief charity Portlight.org, founded by members of the wunderground community. I give A Letter to Mother Nature my highest rating, five out of five stars.

Updated: 3:33 AM GMT on June 07, 2012

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