Imagine

This brand¬†new,¬†amazing rendition of John Lennon’s¬†“Imagine” is salve on humanity’s self-inflicted wounds of separation. It is a¬†celebration of tone, tune, and the powers of creative resonance¬†and connection that make humanity so incredibly precious and so vulnerably strong.

We can all make choices: To connect or turn away, to embrace or spurn, to accept what makes¬†us into a tapestry of humanity … or to¬†force false borders and invent¬†pseudo-hierarchies of power or¬†worth.

We can weave patterns of light or dig trenches of fear. We can live harmony or feed chaos.

This much I know: Humanity’s beauty is in its humaneness. In all forms of Kind.

 

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English: Tough Enough?

Bel Air Library Baltimore

 

English …

The impossible nuance of words that do not follow through

And rules that leave one without clue

Enough to grow a frown on many brow

As they doggedly attempt to plough

A minefield of delivery so rough

It leaves them¬†justifiably gruff …

 

This video never fails to make me … laugh!

 

A Beauty In Numbers

Each multitude

Is made of individuals.

Each crucial

Together forming

Something

More than

Any sum.

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Abundance of blues. Photo by Yuri Okhlopkov

Abundance of blues (Photo by Yuri Okhlopkov)

 

 

school of fish

School of Fish (Photo Credit Unknown)

 

Flamingos. Alex Shar

Flamingos (Photo: Alex Shar)

Twister Photo by Norbert Probst

Sheep in line--Photo credit unknown

Sheep in Line (Photo Credit Unknown)

 

Even …

Decked Out Ducks. Photo-Boston Magazine

Decked-out Ducks (Photo: Boston Magazine)

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Stressful Situations Simulation: A resource

Below is¬†a good resource and¬†simulation of stressful situations that can be immensely helpful to parents and caregivers. I¬†especially recommend¬†the ones involving “Family Support”:¬†“Calm Parents,¬†Healthy Kids” and “Building Family Bonds.” These scenario simulations¬†inform, teach, and actively guide¬†parents and caregivers¬†through¬†various scenarios of interactions with¬†toddlers in¬†commonly challenging¬†situations.

The resource¬†can be invaluable information for¬†parents and caregivers who are inexperienced and/or may have had less than good enough parenting themselves, and who may not know how to facilitate¬†clear, supportive interaction with¬†their own children, especially under stress. The simulation¬†is presented in a non-shaming, educational way, and provides the participant with an active role in choosing different ways of responding … and being able to see the possible reactions to them … It also allows the participant to¬†‘re-do’ situations so they can experience¬†how better choices can bring better results …

Practicing¬†is important for any skill, let alone for skills one needs¬†to apply in¬†stressful situations. The¬†very way our brain processes information is affected when we’re stressed, so¬†it helps to already know what to do beforehand. Also, our own stress and how we manage it gets communicated and passed onto¬†children in our care. This makes it doubly important to¬†learn and practice¬†(and then be able to model)¬†new skills¬†when one is¬†calm and in neutral situations–as this simulation¬†allows one to¬†do.

Calm, informed caregivers help raise calm, healthy, competent kids. This can help!

I highly recommend you take a look and see:

https://conversationsforhealth.org/#conversations

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What PTSD teaches us about human frailty and resilience

The link below will lead you to one of the best interviews about PTSD I have ever seen, hands down.

The fact that Rachel Yehuda is my cousin is an added bonus–I am ever so proud of her: for the person she is, for the work she does, for the wisdom and empathy she imparts, for how she has literally¬†changed the field of PTSD in the last 25 years.

(I recommend reading the transcript, not just viewing the snippet of video on the site)

Take a look. Take a read. You will be glad to have taken the time:

Ingenius: Rachel Yehuda

http://nautil.us/issue/31/stress/ingenious-rachel-Yehuda

 

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A mirror-mirror moment

It is always good to be … in good company …

Recognize¬†the miracle that we¬†each are …

A teaching mirror-mirror moment, by an adorable 3 months old.

Photo by: Smadar Epstein

Photo by: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein