If you were to see her in person, you’d probably be intimidated by her surreal beauty. But, Angelina Jolie has proven to be as human on the inside, as she seems almost mythical on the exterior. The 34-year-old actress and mom of six is also a staunch human rights activist, as seen through her tireless efforts as a Goodwill Ambassador to the UN Refugee Agency. In the past eight years, she has made field visits to several impoverished and war-torn countries, including Kosovo, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, where she adopted her oldest son, Maddox.
Along with longtime beau Brad Pitt, she founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, and made donations of $1 million to Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children in 2006.
Now, for those of you living in the Dr. Phillips area in Orlando, or for those who want to venture out of your area a little, I want to show my support for local, family-owned businesses by telling you about an awesome place I’ve been to several times already. It’s called Piccolo Gelato, and it’s a modern yet charming little café that serves, of course, amazing Italian gelato, paninis with fresh, delicious ingredients, and they proudly brew Lavazza espresso for all your latte and cappuccino needs! Today around noon, I hadn’t had breakfast yet, when Dad and I decided to pay them a visit and find out if they had anything good for this, the most important meal of the day. Fortunately, the owner was there, because I had been told they didn’t really do “breakfast,” and she offered to make me a mouth-watering crêpe with eggs, roasted red peppers, prosciutto ham, portabella mushrooms, some Italian white cheese (don’t recall the name!) and God-knows-what-else! (No, I think that’s it.) It was delectable!
So, here’s a shout-out to my friends at Piccolo Gelato. Guys, let’s show them our support. They truly are a family-friendly, community-friendly, and internationally-conscious business, and they deserve to thrive, even in these tough economic times!
Also, here’s the direct link to the PDF Alsy Acevedo’s article in “El Sentinel” that mentions “Holdin’ Out for a Hero.” Please do read it if you know Spanish, and share it with whoever you can.
I do have to leave you now, though. I’ve got a busy Saturday evening ahead. I will probably go to Church tonight, and then to a special event in Downtown Orlando, where my friend Cody Unser’s documentary will be showing at the Orlando Film Festival. I have yet to see “CODY,” which has been airing on PBS stations around the U.S. (and not here, unfortunately!). I hope to surprise her tonight at the event, since we haven’t seen each other since we were about fifteen. If you get the chance to watch it on PBS or at a film festival, please do. Cody and her mother, Shelley, are both activists for fighting paralysis, and have followed in the footsteps of the legendary Christopher Reeve.
Everyone have a BLESSED weekend!
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