Showing posts from March 27, 2016

How to Help Someone Who's Depressed

Just trying to lift their spirits isn't enough. We explain why, and share answers on the physical signs of depression, symptoms in women, and more.

Daily Inspirational Quote - April 2, 2016

“The way people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It is not a statement about you.”

Personally, it took me a long time to realize the truth of this. As a Pisces and therefore a Water sign I am very much ruled by my emotions and other people’s perceptions of me impacted deeply. Their actions and words could, even unintentionally, make me doubt myself and my abilities and also cause my feelings to be hurt. A big softy really! However, I have come to the realization that everybody has their own story and their own personal dramas in their life, and that sometimes I was just “in the line of fire.” Now, as well as being a lot more confident in who I am, I try to give them the benefit of the doubt in that they are not presently in a good place, so choose to deflect the “fire” and let it go.


Remember to Remember

"When I was in the fourth grade, in the summertime when it would rain, we would always go out on a friend's porch and sit there all in a row, enjoying ourselves just looking out at the world, hearing the rain come down. And once, when I was meditating, I thought, Why not just be inside myself like that, just looking out? And by God, it was just like sitting on the porch, looking out at the rain! That was a moment of being much more whole, much more present, experiencing one's being. Art can bring you there, but if you do art to get there, you won't get there. [laughs] I hate to tell you that, but it's true." Read on for a special interview with the late artist Nicholas Hlobeczy.

Complete. Fools.

By Kristi

It isn’t lost on this sign-seeking girl that Autism Awareness Month begins on a day dedicated to pranks. Joke’s on me; I get it- I’m the fool. Twenty-four hours later, the punch line to the gut persists as World Autism Awareness DAY commences. Ha!

Over the years I’ve gone from praying for those poor families living with autism, to realizing I was one of those families, to hiding out, to speaking out, to finally…selling out. You heard me, autism. This year, you’re nothing but a lame hoax to me.

Today, and for the whole goddamned month for that matter, I choose to ignore you. I refuse to become any more “aware” of you and I certainly won’t be “celebrating” you. I will wake up on April 2 to my beautiful son knocking on my forehead, exclaiming “It’s Saturday, mom. It’s my day.” It will be 6:00 a.m. Who needs beauty rest in our house? Have you not seen what we look like?

J.R. will stand over me, wearing a pajama top that’s a size too small (he…

Daily Inspirational Quote – April 1, 2016

“Silence is a source of great strength.”

Haven’t we all, at one time or another, had to bite our tongue in order to keep quiet because, we’re in a situation where, if we give vent to what we actually want to say, all hell will break loose? I know I have. Hurtful words said in anger can never be unsaid. Although not easy, taking time to think before we speak in these kind of situations, is the wisest course to take in preventing things from escalating and culminating in a situation that there is no coming back from. This is in no way a sign of weakness but of great strength.


To the Child Who Gets My Little Brother's Heart

On March 2, 2016, Jason Longhurst's 11-year-old brother Eric was hit by a truck while crossing the street. The trauma knocked him unconscious, the damage to his brain quickly stopped his breathing, and it was soon clear that Eric wouldn't survive. Eric's family decided to do that which Eric would have wanted -- donate a part of himself to help others. And what part of him would be Eric's greatest gift to the world but his generous and full heart? In this touching piece Longhurst writes about the lessons learned from his little brother's incredible capacity to love all of life.

Food Frauds That Can Wreck Your Diet

Caesar Salad

Some foods that we think are healthy can be sneaky little diet wreckers. Take Caesar salad, for example. You might think that because it's a salad, it's fine. But just a small bowl has 300-400 calories and 30 grams of fat, thanks to loads of dressing.

Food Fix: Use only 1 tablespoon of dressing and 2 tablespoons of tangy Parmesan cheese.

Fresh Smoothies

That berry blend at a smoothie shop can have a whopping 80 grams of sugar, 350 calories or more, little protein, and often no fresh fruit. Fruit concentrates are often used instead of fresh fruit. And sorbet, ice cream, and sweeteners can make these no better than a milkshake.

Food Fix: Get the small cup. Ask for fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt, milk, or protein powder to blend in protein and good nutrition.

Energy Bars

Many of these are simply enhanced candy bars with more calories (up to 500) and a higher price tag. Their compact size also leaves many people unsatisfied. A few bites, and it's gone. 

Food Fix: Choose bar…

World’s First HIV-to-HIV Liver Transplant Gives Hope to Patients Desperately in Need

Melissa Healy
Los Angeles Times

In a first that gives HIV-positive patients yet another chance for long lives, surgeons at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center have transplanted a kidney and a liver from a deceased donor who was positive for HIV into two HIV-positive recipients.

The groundbreaking transplant surgeries using organs from an HIV-positive donor ends a 25-year stretch during which the organs of HIV-positive people willing to donate them were rejected for use in transplants. The experimental procedure follows the 2013 enactment of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which repealed the ban on using such organs for transplantation.

"This is an unbelievably exciting day for our hospital and our team, but more importantly for patients living with both HIV and end-stage organ disease," said Dr. Dorry L. Segev, the Johns Hopkins surgeon who performed the surgeries. "For these individuals, this could mean a new chance at life."

The liver transplant was the world&#…

Watch Stars Perform in David Bowie Tribute Concerts This Weekend for Charity

It’s been three months since David Bowie the British rock visionary left this world of mortals to venture on among the stars – but he has still not been forgotten. Tomorrow on March 31st, renowned artists the Pixies, Blondie, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, J Mascis, The Flaming Lips, and Mumford & Sons will be honoring Mr. Stardust at Carnegie Hall inNew York City. The show will be followed by another concert at the Radio City Music Hall on April 1st. The twoperformanceswill be live streamed through Skype for any fans willing to donate a suggested contribution of $20 (or £15). All proceeds will be going to a selection of arts-basedcharitiesin memory of the latemusician. Tickets were sold out in a matter of hours with VIP package prices ranging as high as $3,000. Tune in Friday night at 8:00PM EST on theconcert’s websiteto donate and join in the jamming. Join fans worldwide in a virtual memorial, a fitting send-off, for our favorite Starman.

Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home?

By Vicki Zakrzewski

New research suggests we need to take account of how diverse groups of students view and apply SEL skills.

The intentions of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are good—and so are the results. Withoutcomeslike increased academic success, improved relationships with peers and teachers, and decreased risky behavior, few could deny that implementing SEL in schools is a win-win situation. But recent studies have found that there’s no guarantee that a student will use SEL skills outside the classroom, a finding that requires us to ask the obvious question:  “Why not?” And perhaps even more importantly: “What is our ultimate purpose in teaching SEL?” When I look at the approaches to emotional expression and management, empathy, relationships, decision-making, and conflict in most SEL curricula, they make a lot of sense to me. But perhaps that’s because I’m coming from the dominant white, Western, individualistic culture that created the curricula and, hence,decided whi…