5.29.2010

Blue Star Families, Banana Pudding, and Daydreaming

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 700 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010. 

"This column started, a little black-heartedly, as a Mother's Day anti-tribute to my grandmother. I grew up terrified of her: always dressed in amorphous black dresses, a dark cloud that literally lived in our basement, quick with a lashing with her tongue, sticks or an open hand."

Thought for today, from Christina. Encourage your child to daydream. Think of daydreaming as the polar opposite of attention deficit. It is allowing a thought to travel and drift to its natural conclusion. While it doesn’t provide a concrete answer or immediate solution, it is a self-soothing skill that calms and diffuses our working metabolism. I can easily see recall a teacher chastising her pupil for staring out the window, lost in time and space, considering this wasted youthful energy. Instead, how about a 10 minute “recess” of daydreaming? Let’s respond to summer boredom blues with “sit down somewhere and daydream!” Let the dreaming begin


5.22.2010

Ten Tips for Raising Kids With a Healthy Body Image by Maureen Kelly

Watch what you say! Do you put yourself down? Do you criticize your own body? If you do, stop it! There is no value at all to hating your body. Equally important, when you put down your own body in front of your kids, you are giving them a clear message that it's okay not to like yourself.

5.15.2010

Victor Frankl & Nick Vujicic Show Us How to Get Up And Never Quit

About this talk

In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning -- and the most important gift we can give others.
Neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl pioneered an approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the human search for meaning.
http://www.ted.com/talks/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning.html
and this one... 
Whenever I feel like complaining about how unfair life is, I stop and think about people like Nick who have it just a little bit harder.  Is he complaining?  No.  He is trying harder, and so shall I.  Perhaps so shall we all!  Let’s eradicate the sense of entitlement that lingers among everyone of us; some more than others.  We shall not whine about our jobs or complain why our love lives crumble.  Let’s take ownership of our own actions. 


5.08.2010

Salon article, "How To Leave a Soldier"

"Last July my son, the baby that was born to television coverage of Operation Desert Storm, said goodbye to his high school friends, shaved his head and enrolled in the United States Naval Academy. I am deeply proud of him, but it was my ex-husband who stood with my son on Induction Day. I could not bear to be there, could not watch the child of my body step away from the safe, civilian world I'd tried to so desperately create for myself and him."

http://bit.ly/9PnFOh
Weird Things Written on Resumes - Something light to start the day and these cracked me up!
http://bit.ly/9yrlDQ

5.03.2010

Fascinating lectures - and profs - from top universities such as Harvard, Yale and Oxford...all free and accessible. Find a topic that interests you (philosophy, marriage, astronomy) without worrying about a grade! Personally, I liked a course titled "The morality of murder." You can also view the Top Rated Instructors or Top Rated courses to get you started Enjoy! http://www.academicearth.org/