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Barbranda Lumpkins Walls

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I'm a features editor for AARP Media who spotlights everyday people doing exceptional things in a blog called Best Life. You may not see these folks in the national news but they deserve a shout-out anyway. I'm also a proud product of the great Midwest and love pop culture—especially food, fashion, television and R&B music. Family, friends and spirituality also play important roles in my life. And traffic, unfortunately.

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Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush Unite for Afghan Women

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeFormer first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have different political allegiances. But there is at least one thing they agree on: The women and girls in Afghanistan have made great progress since 2001, and that progress must be preserved and pushed forward. Both Bush and Clinton are active in promoting freedom and equality for Afghan women, believing they are essential to the economic and political stability of their country. They joined Secretary of State …

He’s Connecting Older Adults to the Web

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeYou can call Terrell Danley Sr. a techie. At 81, the Washington, D.C., resident is fluent in the language of the Internet: downloading, Google Hangouts, social networks, apps, Web surfing, you name it. And he’s committed to plugging his contemporaries into the online world. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Three days a week, Danley shares his love and knowledge of computers with his class of 12 older adults that is part of pilot program called AARP Foundation Connecting …

Remembering 9/11 With Acts of Service

Posted on 09/10/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Your LifeAs we remember Sept. 11, 2001, stories of good deeds that sprouted from that tragedy abound. One of them is how the tiny Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, and neighboring communities came to the aid of passengers aboard 38 planes that were hurriedly diverted to the North Atlantic fueling stop. Grateful passengers and crew members on one Delta flight – who received food, shelter and whatever they needed for their unexpected stay – decided to pay forward the kindness by …

A Pianist Who Plays for Charity

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeWhat did you do this summer? Hit the beach? Visit the in-laws? Take the grandkids to Disney World? Ask Mark Damisch and the 57-year-old Chicago lawyer will tell you he spent five weeks on tour playing piano concerts in Scandinavia and Russia to raise money for worthy causes. Damisch’s exhausting schedule – 21 concerts in six countries  – isn’t for the faint of heart. But he’s a pro at marathon travel. (He was in Copenhagen, Denmark, when we spoke.) This …

A Teacher Who Walked in Her Tiny Students’ Shoes

Posted on 08/22/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeYou can say that Chris Cook is living her past every day. But it’s helping her to prepare a generation for tomorrow. This week, Cook, 49, welcomed nine children to her kindergarten class at the Milton Hershey School, a private boarding school on 2,640 acres in Hershey, Pa. The chocolate titan of the same name started a trust in 1909 to found the school for kids from families in financial and social need. It still covers all expenses of the …