New studies show that home-based stressors such as poverty, neglect, abuse and even witnessing violence can change the chemical and physical structures of the brain, and not in a good way. For many students within the Los Angeles Unified School District (the 2nd largest school district in the country) where 80% live in poverty, THESE STRESSORS ARE EVERYWHERE!
There is so much I find troubling about the death of Robin Williams, it’s hard to know where to begin to speak about it. Like so many others, it hit me hard. While his family and close friends mourn the clearly troubled person he was, myself and the rest of the world mourns the public person we’ve come to know, love and admire through his almost forty years of work in films, television and stand-up/talk-show appearances. It’s the stark contrast between that public wackiness and the sudden option for suicide that I think many of us are finding ourselves lost in. The reality is, for the first time we are forced to look at him as a real person with real problems (and real mental illness) rather than Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork or a cartoon character; the person we wrongly assumed he was based solely on his professional career as an entertainer. Continue Reading
This entire passage is from a book called “Conversations with God, Book 3” by Neale Donald Walsch. Someone showed it to me today and I can’t stop thinking about it. Mr. Walsch’s perspective and insight on parenting are light years beyond anything I’ve ever read. Continue Reading