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Blog Action Day

Today marks the second annual Blog Action Day in which the goal is for all bloggers to be focusing for one day on a single cause, this year it’s fighting poverty in an effort to raise awareness and encourage a global discussion.

Rocky Turner

Anyone who knows the Rocky Turner (founder of Mothers Fighting for Others), her husband Jeff Turner (Real Estate Shows President) and their six children knows that it is amazing that any of the family of eight ever sleep much less lead the charge to change the world.

From Mothers Fighting for Others:

Everyday, children are orphaned into extreme poverty. They are left to fend for themselves, without safe food or clean water and with no hope for a quality education.

Mothers Fighting For Others is dedicated to providing these children with the basic necessities that we provide for our own children. We will give them a roof over their heads, safe food and clean water, and a chance to learn, to grow and to thrive. We are Mothers Fighting For Others.

Please consider joining Mothers Fighting For Others, donate what you can, get to know Rocky and the Turner family, and send this article to anyone you think might be interested in MFO. On behalf of the AG crew, we thank you Rocky, for making this world a better place.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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21 Comments

  1. Mike Mueller

    October 15, 2008 at 7:58 am

    I wrote my first Poverty post this morning because of Blog Action Day.
    One post. That’s it.

    I am humbled by what Rocky does on a daily basis.
    Yes! Support MFO, forward this post, retweet, repost, reblog…

    Thank you Rocky for all you do!

  2. Kim Wood

    October 15, 2008 at 9:22 am

    What a great organization to feature on Blog Action Day, Lani! The image you chose is one I’m familiar with – it puts a smile on my heart. It captures such an awesome moment – you can just feel Rocky’s love radiate.

    Whether it be donating money through paypal, shopping for underwear, or collection drives for clean water – Mothers Fighting for Others is an organization that will put your pennies in Africa where they are needed – no doubt.

  3. Nick Bastian

    October 15, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I was fortunate to have lunch with the “Turner Clan” a couple months ago while they were on a family vacation. What an amazing family.
    Rocky is such a great example of giving back to those less fortunate and her love for her family shines so bright!
    I can’t tell you how impressed I was with this family and with all of their children. Seriously, impressed!
    Thanks Rocky, for all you do… You ROCK!

  4. Jeff Turner

    October 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Lani… I won’t speak for Rocky, but I can tell you we are humbled by this post and thankful for your support. More than we’ll ever be able to express.

    Mike… I agree. What Lani is doing here today is inspiring.

    Nick… As a parent, you know that what you’ve just said is perhaps the nicest thing you can say to another parent. Again, we are humbled and thankful!

  5. Sarah Cooper

    October 15, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Rocky and Jeff do so much good for other people, in big and little ways, as naturally as if they were breathing.

    I’m really glad they have a house full of kids — I can’t think of better parents to get kids ready for the world, and I can’t wait to see all the amazing things those kids will do. 🙂

  6. Mana Tulberg

    October 15, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Rocky is one of the most amazing human beings I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Jeff too.

  7. Rocky Turner

    October 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I really have no idea what to say here. Thank you all for your love and support as our Family moves along this journey. I know, that none of this could be done without the amazing support of my husband, and all of you who believe in our cause and want to make a difference. So, thank you my friends for believing in me and in MFFO!

    “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford

  8. ines

    October 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Rocky and Jeff are inspiring – they move mountains and many of us look up to them. What they do is nothing short of amazing….goes to show that no matter how busy we are, we can make a difference.

  9. Missy Caulk

    October 15, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I am an avid follower of Rocky’s web site and fight for the children in Africa. I also enjoy her blog on Muthahood. Heartwarming to read this here, Lani.

  10. Jay Thompson

    October 15, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Personally, I struggle with how Turner landed such a remarkable woman. Some guys (self included) just have all the luck. 😉

    Both Jeff and Rocky are indeed truly inspiring.

  11. Ginger Wilcox

    October 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Rocky and Jeff are tremendously inspiring. Their truly giving spirit and warm hearts makes me want to give more! It is so sad that there are children in this world without safe food and clean water. They can’t help themselves. I applaud Rocky’s efforts. Truly amazing!!

  12. Noble Turner

    October 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Hey Rocky and Jeff:
    Wanted to say hi and congratulations for all that you do…….Spreading Love, Truth, and helping those that are less fortunate, is about the most honorable way to spend ones time and life. Love you both! Long live Wiclwire Creek!
    Love to your beautiful family…. Miss you guys!
    Namaste and aloha, Uncle Noble

  13. Noble Turner

    October 15, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    J and R:
    Sorry, that was ‘Wickwire Creek.’ Uncle

  14. Jeff's Mom

    October 16, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I sat here reading all of the comments and was crying. My son is a very fortunate man,as I am for being his Mom. Rocky is truly a real jewel. She loves my son, take great care of my Grandchildren,
    and feels as though is one of my own kids. We are thankful to have her in our lives.
    It’s a great feeling having such wonderful careing, loving , giving children that I can call mine.
    One lucky Mom
    Pat White

  15. Dale Chumbley

    October 16, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Okay, I was doing fine reading through the comments until I got to Jeff’s Mom. Drat! Now I need to go find a Kleenex. Jeff & Rocky ROCK! I’m honored to know them.

  16. Jay Thompson

    October 16, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Dear Pat White –

    I’ll bet ya a whole bunch of money that Jeff and Rocky would say they are thankful for having YOU in their lives.

    Jeff’s values didn’t appear out of thin air. You instilled a lot of what makes Jeff tick. So thanks for raising a great kid!

  17. ines

    October 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Hand me a wipy! (is that a word?) How cool of you, Mrs. White, to come here and acknowledge your daughter-in-law like this – WOW!! you guys are an amazing family, that’s for sure. (I’ll have to send this to my mother-in-law now)

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(OPINION / EDITORIAL) The University of Bristol’s Quantum Engineering Tech Lab has created quantum networks that demonstrate the possibilities for future cities.

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The University of Bristol is home to the largest quantum entanglement-based computer network in the world. Its Quantum Engineering Technology Lab, led by Dr. Siddarth Joshi, has been spearheading the development of a method of encryption called Quantum Key Distribution that may soon revolutionize information security.

First, what is quantum computing, exactly? (Giving a concise answer to that question is sort of like nailing jelly to a wall, but here goes…)

Much like a light switch, a conventional computer circuit can only be in one of two states at a time: On (1) or off (0). That’s basically how binary code works – by representing information as a series of discrete on and off signals, or high and low energy states.

Quantum computing makes use of a third kind of state that exists between those two.

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In order for an entire population to be able to utilize a quantum network, fiber optic infrastructure must first be made accessible and affordable for everyone to have in their homes. In that sense, quantum cities are still roughly two decades away, posits Dr. Joshi. The technology behind it is very nearly mature, though. A simpler application of quantum encryption is practically right around the corner – think quantum ATMs in as few as five years.

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(OPINION / EDITORIAL) We all need support as business owners. Let’s talk ideas for revenue growth as an entrepreneur that do not include shaming your competition.

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The year 2020 has forced everyone to re-assess their priorities and given us the most uncertain set of circumstances we have lived through. For businesses and entrepreneurs, they were faced with having to confront new business scenarios quickly. Maybe your entrepreneur business was set to thrive as behaviors changed (maybe you already offered contactless products and services). Or, you were forced to add virtual components or find new revenue streams – immediately. This has been tough.

Every single person is having a hard time with the adjustments and most likely at different stages than others. We’re at the 6-month mark, and each of our timelines are going to look different. Our emotions have greeted us differently too, whether we have felt relief, grief, excitement, fear, hope, determination, or just plain exhaustion.

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Here are some ideas for revenue growth as an entrepreneur (or at least, ideas worth considering if you haven’t already):

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It seems like we really could use more kindness and empathy right now. So what if we look for the help and support of others in our entrepreneurial universe versus comparing and defending our different way of doing things?

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Information is delivered to us at warp speed with access to television, radio, and the internet (and more specifically, social media). We are inundated with messages. Oftentimes they’re personalized by something that a friend or family shared. Other times we manage them for work, school, or just keeping up with news. Many entrepreneurs already wear many hats and burn the midnight oil.

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Director of the Center for Antiracist Research – he has been studying anti-racism and has several books and interviews that help give language to what has been happening in our country for centuries. His content also delves into why and how white people have believed they are more than people of color. Here is a great interview he did with Brené Brown on her Unlocking Us podcast.

Tamika Mallory – American activist and one of the leading organizers of the 2017 Women’s March. She has been fighting for justice to be brought upon the officers that killed Breonna Taylor on March 13. These are among other efforts around the country to push back on gun control, feminist issues, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Brené Brown – research professor at the University of Houston and has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She has been listening and engaging on how racism and our shame intersect. She also speaks about how people can reflect on themselves and where they can take action to better our society. She has some antiracism resources on her website.

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It might be a great time for you to check out The Nap Ministry, inspired by Tricia Hersey. White people are called to action, and people of color are expressly told to give time to taking care of themselves. Ultimately, it goes both ways – everyone needs the time to recharge and recuperate. But people of color especially are being told to value their rest more than the grind culture. Yes, you’re being told you need to manage your mental health and include self-care in your schedule.

Through The Nap Ministry, Tricia “examines rest as a form of resistance by curating safe spaces for the community to rest via Collective Napping Experiences, immersive workshops, and performance art installations.”

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