White Women in US Are Dying Sooner [LearningEnglish.VOANews.com]

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health and Lifestyle report. Health experts say there is evidence that many white women in the United States are dying too soon. In other words, they are dying before the average age of death in society as a whole. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics studied death rates nationwide. The center found that life expectancy rates for every population group has either gone up or stayed unchanged. Every...

Small Ohio Town Passes Progressive Parental Leave Policy Listen· 2:54 [NPR.org]

[Photo by Evan-Amos ] The Village of Newburgh Heights, outside Cleveland, is a working class community of about 2,500 residents. It's also home to the most progressive parental leave policy of any municipality in the nation. As of last week, full-time public employees will be eligible for six months of paid parental leave after the birth of a child. [For more of this story go to http://www.npr.org/2016/05/24/479349640/small-ohio-town-passes-progressive-parental-leave-policy]

Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations [NPR.org]

The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over the next 14 years than previous generations, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation . We're talking about you, baby boomers. The report looks at the current health status of people ages 50 to 64 and compares them to the same ages in 1999. The upshot? There will be about 55 percent more senior citizens who have diabetes than there are today, and about 25 percent more who are...

Mediocre Mothering Made Better by Guided Imagery

My parenting was not ideal yesterday. I'd slept three hours the night before after a condo deal fall through days before closing. I don't know where we'll be living in a few weeks. The house we are in did sell. This is high stress. All day I was distracted, distraught and on the phone over 50 times with real estate people, the bank, attorneys, friends, town hall and rental places. Not fun. It felt like my heart was a pulled muscle I couldn't unclench. I cried a little but mostly felt an...

Good Teachers Are Critical, but They Aren’t Enough [PSMag.com]

It was the first day of classes at an elementary school in Florida. In just a few moments, my first group of 4th graders would walk into my classroom. Feeling both excited and nervous, I knew I was ready to launch this new chapter in life as a teacher. As I welcomed my students, all 28 of them, I thought about how I would be the great teacher, the one who would inspire and challenge them. But the first hour passed, and hours turned into days and then weeks, and my idealistic vision of the...

‘How Do I Recover From The Breakup Of A Toxic Relationship?’ [HuffintonPost.com]

Reader Emotionally Exhausted writes, I need advice on moving forward after a toxic and controlling relationship. While I know that the recent break up was in my best interest, reasoning that things are for the better outside of the relationship doesn’t seem to be mending the hurt. I met my now ex-boyfriend about a year ago and there was instant chemistry. He was clever and funny and we enjoyed many of the same activities. We are of similar ages and had similar backgrounds. He was emotionally...

Is Bail Causing Convictions? [TheAtlantic.com]

Of the many surprising statistics about America’s money bail system, this one may be the most astounding: More than 60 percent of people in America’s overcrowded jails are there because they can’t afford to pay their bail amount . That works out to roughly 450,000 Americans in jail daily, and how long they stay there can vary with waiting times for trials potentially lasting months (or sometimes, years ). The American money-bail system, which has been around since 1789 , has ripple effect.

We Weren’t That Resilient [MaureenOLearyAuthor.com]

In response to the bell ringing that kids these days aren’t resilient the way their parents were growing up in the Wild West of the seventies and eighties suburban American neighborhoods and schools: I call bullshit. We weren’t that resilient. Those of us growing up in the seventies and eighties were not tilling Victory gardens and whittling useful things out of sticks that we found on the ground. I know. I was there. I can only speak to my own experience, and trigger warning, I’m not prone...

What role did care play in alleged prison abuse? [PostCrescent.com]

A new approach being championed by the state of Wisconsin is being blamed by a union official for breakdowns in security at Wisconsin’s two juvenile prisons that are now the targets of criminal and civil rights investigations . Beginning in 2012, staff at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for girls were trained in and began using trauma-informed care principles. A 2014 report by the Division of Juvenile Corrections summarizing use of the approach credits it with a...

What The New York Times Gets Wrong About PTSD [Drexel.edu]

Believe it or not, both the public and policy-makers often get their ideas from the media. When those ideas are formed about something as serious and impactful as posttraumatic stress disorder, it’s important for the media to tell the story in the right way. With that in mind, Drexel researchers examined how the country’s most influential paper, the New York Times, portrayed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the year it was first added to the American Psychiatric Association’s...

Doctors’ House Calls Saving Money For Medicare [KHN.org]

Looking for ways to save money and improve care, Medicare officials are returning to an old-fashioned idea: house calls. But the experiment, called Independence at Home , is more than a nostalgic throwback to the way medicine was practiced decades ago when the doctor arrived at the patient’s door carrying a big black bag. Done right and paid right, house calls could prove to be a better way of treating very sick, elderly patients while they can still live at home. “House calls go back to the...

The Power of Sharing Stories

“The ones who tell the stories shape and rule the world.” Hopi Wisdom The power of stories has fascinated me for many years; telling stories, hearing stories, being read stories, all of it! A few weeks ago, I attended M’ellen Kennedy’s daylong workshop “The Sacred Art of Storytelling.” M’ellen is a Unitarian Universalist minister who is known for “preaching from the heart.” That means she speaks without a script and also teaches other ministers how to do the same. What she really does is...

The Data That Shows American Juries Are Racially Biased [PSMag.com]

The Supreme Court ruled today that Timothy Foster, a black man, sentenced to death row in 1987 by an all-white jury, deserves a re-trial. Justices say prosecutors in the trial abused their so-called peremptory challenges, the limited number of potential jurors who lawyers may dismiss from jury duty without stating a reason. According to a landmark ruling from 1986, the state may not use peremptory strikes to exclude potential jurors based on race. Yet prosecutors selecting the jury for...

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