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March 2018

Mindful Eating Authors' Secret Recipe For Cooking And Living? There Is None [npr.org]

A dose of reality has moved two influential food gurus to reassess their preaching and write self-help memoirs on their lifelong meditative journeys. In striking contrast to their previous best-selling books — Geneen Roth's Women Food and God and Ed Espe Brown's Tassajara Bread Book — these slim, kindred volumes of accumulated wisdom contain no definitive answers, no foolproof recipes for improving your relationship with food and yourself. There is no recipe, agree Roth and Brown. (In fact,...

Trauma researchers continue community-driven work to disrupt poverty in Edgecombe (EducationNC)

For months, Rural Opportunity Institute co-founders Seth Saeugling and Vichi Jagannathan have gathered Tarboro community members , interviewed families and leaders, and analyzed research around intergenerational trauma in a Pattillo Middle School office. “Where we’re headed is to really identify where is the leverage?” Saeugling said. “What’s the North Star and how can we all start rowing in the same direction when it comes to trauma and trying to provide healing opportunities?” On Tuesday,...

Chicago’s Awful Divide [theatlantic.com]

CHICAGO—Americans hear a lot these days about the country’s urban-rural divide. Rural counties are poorer; urban ones richer. Rural areas are losing jobs; urban ones are gaining them. People with a college education are leaving rural areas. They’re moving to urban places. Behind this divergence lies a straightforward story: The twin forces of globalization and technological change are enriching a handful of big urban areas, while resources are drained from the heartland, leaving it often...

I photograph trans and nonbinary kids. It’s made me rethink my own gender. [vox.com]

I stand at the door on my way to school, tears rolling down my face. A long skirt grazes my small, thin legs; a knot clenches in my stomach. It’s the first day of school, maybe second or third grade. Every year, my family insists I wear a dress or skirt to school on the first day, presenting myself as the proper female student. I am not. What I didn’t know then — and what I am just now starting to explore — is that my discomfort on those first days of school was about more than just clothes.

Drug related deaths: learning from the past [blogs.biomedcentral.com]

It has been proposed that drug related deaths in Scotland, which have been rising since the 1990s, can be attributed to the social, economic and political contexts of the 1980s. Findings from research published today in BMC Public Health add support to this idea and here, lead author of the study Dr Jane Parkinson, discusses the delayed consequences that policies and resulting social conditions have on health and what current drug policy in Scotland can do to support this generation. 2016...

Presenter Showcase! Teaching Employability in Prisons: Tony McGuire’s Harmony of Emotional Resilience and Building Instruction

Tony McGuire- a member of Community Resilience Initiative in Walla Walla Washington, and an instructor for Walla Walla Community College at the Washington State Penitentiary- had divided his Building Maintenance class into random groups where white supremacists may be working on the same team as Native Americans. This choice was intentional; “there’s no affiliation on a job site, so you don’t get that here,” Tony told his students. Yet not long after the start of such teamwork, tools began...

Childhood Should Not Be Disrupted

People often ask me why I wrote # ChildhoodDisrupted . As a science journalist specializing in the intersection of neurobiology, immunology and emotion, I’d spent 20 years writing about the immune system and the human brain. When I came across the CDC’s # ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study), it struck me like a lightning bolt. I realized that after 20 years of writing about how we become ill and how we heal, I had been missing a huge piece of what can cause disease. Chronic...

Paying attention to the impact of trauma on young people from the Parkland school (www.longreads.com)

Note: I spotted this article published as part of Longreads, an excellent site that publishes long form journalism, and thought I'd share it with this community. The young people who experienced the Parkland shooting are turning their grief and terror into powerful activism, and for that we're all grateful. That said, they need and deserve - as all survivors do - help with their post traumatic stress, now and for years to come. 'm also concerned about how the need to tell and retell their...

ACE’s Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Message from Dr. Robert Anda and Oprah Winfrey by Dr. Tian Dayton (www.ThriveGlobal.com)

Adverse Childhood research has been around for a while but recently it has moved front and center in the conversation on childhood trauma. Thanks to people like Dr. Robert Anda co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) research and Oprah Winfrey, adverse childhood experiences as a direct cause of developmental and health problems later in life, are getting the attention that they deserve. As someone who works with relational trauma, I deal with the effects of these...

‘When I See Racial Disparities, I See Racism.’ Discussing Race, Gender and Mobility [nytimes.com]

We wrote last week about a sweeping new study of income inequality in the United States, and how it varies by race and gender. The data, including virtually all Americans now in their late 30s, showed how different the prospects of black boys are from those of white boys. Even when black and white boys grow up near each other, in households with similar incomes, black boys fare worse than white boys in 99 percent of America. We heard from hundreds of readers, who wanted to know more about a...

What Happens When You Put Young People of Color at the Center of #NeverAgain [thenation.com]

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have catalyzed a social movement demanding an end to gun violence. While their leadership and moral authority have undoubtedly taken the movement to another level, youth-led activism against gun violence is not, in fact, new. In Florida in 2013, for example, members of Power U and Dream Defenders took over the state capitol to protest the “stand your ground” laws that allowed Trayvon Martin’s killer to go free, an event that helped give...

Why states should invest justice resources to address community needs [thehill.com]

Since 2009, more than half of the states have taken steps to slow or eliminate prison growth and control ballooning correctional costs. This reversal of more than 30 years of sustained growth occurred in the middle of a historic decline in crime rates, creating an impressive narrative of more public safety with fewer people in prison. Some states have chosen to invest a portion of the savings from these reforms into programs or services that further contribute to public safety. Typically,...

This 'Return Boot Camp' Helps Veterans Cope With PTS [parade.com]

Working for the U.S. Army, Secret Service, Los Angeles Police Department, FBI and the National Guard, Jake Clark has not led a typical life. Topping his resume now: founder of Save A Warrior , a nonprofit headquartered in Ohio and California that connects and empowers active duty military, returning veterans and first responders who are experiencing post-traumatic stress (PTS). Clark’s efforts with Save a Warrior recently earned him the 2018 Rare Life Award, Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight...

The World Is a Miraculous Mess, and It’s Going to Be All Right [yesmagazine.org]

When you talk to author and activist adrienne maree brown, you feel everything is going to be all right. You’re inspired by her hope, belief, and commitment just enough to muster your own. This must have to do with the way she sees possibility for change absolutely everywhere, which came about through her many roles. Brown is also a poet, social justice facilitator, science fiction scholar who is co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, and a doula. It’s...

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