Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Friday link roundup 3/3

Outerwear that would be great for refugees in camps, homeless people, campers, and more. The company Adiff’s humanitarian-oriented inventions including reflective jackets and jackets that turn into tents or sleeping bags. Here’s their kickstarter campaign.

An Iraqi artist in the Australian refugee detention center on Nauru describes how his art saves him.

Ten books to read when you’re feeling anxious.

“Is she literally a cat?” Playboy’s (suprisingly) insightful flow chart about whether to catcall women.

A track-by-track guide to Tori Amos’ acclaimed album Little Earthquakes from Rolling Stone. 

How a girl from a remote Nepali village became a world-class trail runner.

The most common job in every state.  A look at the most common jobs in each U.S. state from 1978 to 2014.

Research shows that artists have structurally different brains.
On March 8, many  women in the United States are planning on participating in a strike to demonstrate the impact of women workers. How to spend March 8 – “A Day Without a Woman” – if you can’t take the day off.

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Friday link roundup 2/10

According to Emily’s List, since the election in November, more than 4,000 women have said they want to run for office.

From the Huffington Post: 13 free online mental health resources.

#NeverthelessShePersisted: Examples of women who have stood up for what they believe in and persisted. Since Elizabeth Warren was silenced in the Senate earlier this week, “Nevertheless, she persisted” has become a rallying cry for those who oppose the current administration’s policies.

Students from a vocational high school are building tiny homes for flood victims in West Virginia.

An unusual court sentence for a group of teenagers who wrote racist and sexist graffiti on a historic schoolhouse in Virginia:  a reading list and book reports that may help them gain awareness about diversity, discrimination, and history.

To add some cuteness to your Friday: In this video,  a cat interrupts a weather forecast broadcast to request cuddles.

Friday link roundup 12/16

From Everyday Feminism: Thoughts on the question,”What do you do for a living?” 

A photographer has created quite a juxtaposition with his portraits of ballet dancers on the streets of New York City.

An article that celebrates a life of a woman who lived her dreams even as she knew that her diagnosis of cystic fibrosis would shorten her lifespan.

The news from Aleppo, Syria this week has been horrifying. Wondering how to help? This article from the Huffington Post suggests several organizations to donate to that may fund direct services and action.

From NAMI: On the 21st Century Cures Act, and how it could improve mental health services in the United States.

A tribute to the people – artists, musicians, activists, community organizers and others – who lost their lives in the fire at the Ghost Ship Warehouse in Oakland, California on December 2nd.

Friday link roundup 12/2

Next week, I’ll be doing a special holiday-themed Friday link roundup. This is an open call to send me your links for holiday-related posts, gift guides, tips, news, and more. You can contact me through the form here.

Also, I’m considering doing at least one link roundup with a specific theme each month, so if you have ideas for future ones, I’d welcome those as well. Thanks!

In the meantime, here are this week’s links:

What does embodiment mean to you? 20 yogis and dancers describe what embodiment means to them.

One way to counter-protest a rally: dress up as clowns.

The FDA has given the green light to continue a trial of using a “party drug” as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

An update on the wildfire in Tennessee.

A study finds that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is up 29% from last year.

Close to 2,000 veterans arrive at Standing Rock to act as “human shields” for water protectors.

Research before reacting: A video on the importance of fact-checking information shared on social media.

Spotify has just released an ad campaign with billboards and posters that include commentary on people’s music listening habits.  One example to show you the quirky humor of these ads: “Dear person who made a playlist called ‘One Night Stand with Jeb Bush like He’s a Bond Girl in a European Casino,’ we have so many questions. Thanks, 2016, it’s been weird.”

Friday link roundup 10/14

In Arizona, drive-thru restaurant Salad and Go provides a quick and easy alternative to traditional fast food.

Ever heard someone say, “I’m being so OCD” or something along those lines? This article describes the real experiences of people living with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Women respond to men who told them to smile.

On October 13, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature. This page from The Guardian includes responses from various sources on this momentous occasion.

From Upworthy: A dad reflects on Donald Trump’s comments in a letter to his young sons, and makes powerful points about men and masculinity.

An obituary to the Great Barrier Reef has gone viral on social media channels. Scientists protest the article’s message and argue that while it is damaged and dying, it is not dead, and there could still be hope.

Book review: Love Warrior

“I stop asking for advice and pretending I don’t know what to do. I do know what to do, just never more than one moment at a time. I stop explaining myself, because I learn that making decisions is never about doing the right thing or the wrong thing. It’s about doing the precise thing. The precise thing is always incredibly personal and often makes no sense to anyone else……And when I need to work anything out, I turn to the blank page. There, no one can steal my pain or try to poison my knowing, and there I always have the final word in my own story.” – Glennon Doyle Melton, from her book Love Warrior.

I just finished Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. I almost wish I wasn’t done with it – the words and the story are still lingering with me. I wanted to share my thoughts/review on it.

Glennon’s words flow. She writes in a beautiful, honest way that invited me into her world. I read this book quickly.

And saying that, this isn’t an easy book to read. Nor is it meant to be. It is above everything else, a memoir, the story of how a woman recovered herself, her relationship to her body, her relationship to her spirit. Yes, it is also the story of her marriage, and I see it as being more about self-love, and how self-love can open someone to opening to and loving another.

There are parts that feel heavy and painful, where I found it hard to read without holding my breath. Glennon talks about her struggles with depression, with alcoholism, with bulimia, and the pain of discovering her marriage was not what she thought it was. Glennon describes her book as “brutiful,” and I’d agree with that. It’s beautiful and it’s brutal. And that’s what makes it vivid and real. She is pulling away the curtain and telling her story, her truth, and in a more revealing way that she does even in her honest and intimate blog, Momastery.

In her blog, Glennon sometimes comes across as a teacher, sharing her experiences and then giving inspiration and messages to others. In Love Warrior, she is more of a raw and vulnerable storyteller who has experienced a lot of personal growth. She talks about what she learned, her inspirations, what they meant to her. As a reader, I can pick and choose what to take in, what might help me in my own life, but she does not offer her story as  advice for another, a do this, or don’t do this. It is more of a “this is what I did, and this is what I learned, and this is who I am becoming.” Glennon does so much to help others, through her blog and her work with Together Rising. In this book, she strips down the layers and reveals herself even more. I hope that her speaking out about her experiences will continue to give others courage to do the same.

I saw a few reviews on Amazon that describe Love Warrior as having too much information or being too voyeuristic.  I think that’s a matter of opinion. It is incredibly intimate, and in some ways it is like getting to see what it’s like to live as Glennon and how she perceives her life and its events from the inside out. I could see how that could seem like too much…and I also think that reading about her personal and internal experiences gave me more to relate to.

I find Love Warrior to be brutal, intimate, beautiful, emotional, and revealing. It’s an exquisitely written book about a woman coming into herself. You can find more about Glennon Doyle Melton here and purchase it on Amazon here. I’m going to hear and see Glennon speak next week, so perhaps I’ll write more then.

Friday link roundup 7/29

Hillary Clinton made history last night by becoming the first woman presidential nominee for a major political party in the United States. You wouldn’t necessarily know it from these front page images accompanying articles about this pivotal moment in newspapers from this week.

For those who hear voices while in states of psychosis, what they hear may vary depending on culture.

The San Diego Comic Con was a big recent event, and many people dress up – cosplay (short for “costume play”) – as characters from comics, books, movies, and TV series for conventions like these. On how cosplayers use their costumes to bring out different sides of themselves.

In the Middle Ages, books were scarce, and libraries were sanctuaries where people could come and read. However, they couldn’t check the books out – the books were chained to the shelves. This article talks about the chained libraries that still exist.

More on books: In Buenos Aires, a theater converted into a bookstore creates a beautiful cultural haven for visitors.