Mackenzie Phillips is making waves this week after revealing she had a sexual relationship with her father!

Mackenzie PhillipsAll I can say is… nothing! I am so speechless. We knew Mackenzie Phillips was a little crazy… hearing about her drug-filled childhood and hell-raising days on the hit show “One Day at a Time”.

On a media tour (that included Oprah and the Today Show) Mackenzie Phillips dropped the ultimate bomb shell. She has indulged in an incestuous 10-year affair with her father, John Phillips, lead singer of the The Mamas & the Papas.

“On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it,” writes Phillips, who was 19 at the time and a heavy drug user, according to “I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad’s bed.”My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.”

Mackenzie Phillips bio “High on Arrival” which came out this past Wednesday goes into greater detail.
Mackenzie Phillips bio, High on Arrival

Could these claims by Mackenzie Phillips be true??

Skeptics would say she’s only doing this to get sales and generate some easy money. After all, any money from her acting career had dwindled due to her excessive drug use. And what better way to grab an audience than to drop a bomb like this. I for one am gonna give her the benefit of the doubt.

Why I believe the Mackenzie Phillips Bio…

One, who would make something that crazy up? Mackenzie isn’t broke, she lives in a middle class neigborhood in California, plus I’m sure she gets some decent royalties from The Mamas & the Papas songs (courtesy of her dad of course). Two, family members Michelle Phillips and Bijou Phillips (step mom and half sister) have both admitted that Mackenzie did tell them about the incestuous affair well over a decade ago — I must mention that she did take it back. But still that is a strange “lie” to bring back so publicly. What do you think??

volunteering at a thrift store
First off, volunteering at the Poverello Center was awesome. I met some great people and learned a lot more about the plight of HIV/AIDS patients. So what exactly does Poverello do? Its mission is to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are residents of Broward County and meet the specified qualifications for services.

volunteering at a foodbankFor this volunteer project, I was tasked with helping them put together their quarterly mailer. This is a direct mail piece that not only keeps members up-to-date on what’s going on with the organization and more importantly, solicits donations. Poverello is a not-for-profit which relies on government and private donations to stay afloat. Now we all know the government isn’t the best place to get money anymore, so private donations are where it’s at. So the way it’s set up is that there is a food bank and a thrift store. The thrift store exists solely to fund the food bank which feeds thousands of AIDS/HIV patients in Broward County.

I had a blast, the people were so much fun and very open to answering any questions I had about the disease. I even ended up making a friend on Facebook! I must admit I was a little nervous about volunteering but in the end it was worth it. Stay tuned for my next project!

About a year ago, I started taking a good look at myself and realized it was time for me to do more. Now before anyone jumps to any conclusions, I haven’t stolen, cheated anyone or plotted someone’s downfall (lol). Most people who know me think I’m pretty nice. I have good friends and family and I donate money here and there, but so what?Volunteer opportunties, volunteering

Do more with your spare time and start volunteering

I started to open my mind to the fact that I could do more. By doing more I mean volunteering. So I went online and did the research and saw that there are tons of volunteer opportunities in your area, you just have to open your eyes and do the work. No matter what party affiliation you are, you have to admit that Barack Obama’s messages on volunteering in your community are very inspiring. And it doesn’t take much to do. All these organizations need is your time.

Volunteering doesn’t mean breaking your back

So the first thing I want to note that I found in my research was that it doesn’t have to be hard-core physical labor. You can sort clothes, feed the homeless, volunteer to work the sidelines at walk-a-thons and marathons.

The next thing I found was that there are so many volunteer opportunities in a variety of industries. If you love kids, do your volunteering at schools and after school programs. If your focus is cancer or AIDS awareness, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in that arena. Have a soft spot for the elderly? Well there are plenty of retirement centers / facilities that would welcome your help.
Volunteer opportunties, volunteering

Volunteer organizations need your professional skills

What’s really cool is that you can use your professional talents in volunteering. Volunteer organizations are always looking for receptionists to do clerical work, contractors to help with big projects or even marketing professionals to help with event coordination.

Don’t let what you perceive to be a limitation stop you from volunteering. And follow me as I go through my own journey in volunteering. I start my first project tomorrow :) .

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