Posts Tagged ‘race’

Link roundup 7/15

First look at the new A Wrinkle in Time trailer.

On the contracting and expanding nature of grief.

A Delaware-sized iceberg broke off of Antarctica.

A teacher’s perspective on name-shaming in classrooms and the potential of underlying racism.

Hug a baby, grow a brain. Why hugging babies and young children may increase brain growth and intelligence.

Great story of people coming together for the greater good: A family got caught in a riptide off of the Florida coast and beachgoers formed a human chain and saved them.


Friday link roundup 7/8

There have been several shootings, by police and civilians, in the past few days in the U.S. I want to acknowledge those here. If I posted a link here, it would be an article that looked at the whole of what has happened, as well as the individual lives lost, and the impact. On Facebook, where I find many of my news articles, I see people who want change, and I also see division and arguments. I don’t believe that “us vs. them” arguments are helpful. This article/blog entry shares Bobby Kennedy’s speech from 1968, “The Mindless Menace of Violence,” which he gave after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. As journalist Nancy LeTourneau says, this speech was relevant then and is also relevant in terms of these recent events.

There have been recent several attacks and many deaths in Turkey, Iraq, and more. This article discusses the lack of mass-media coverage for violence in non-Western areas of the world.

What is it like to be intersex? This article describes the experience of parents and intersex people alike.

A video on the difference between being sad and having depression.

I’m currently watching a documentary mini-series called Ascent of Woman, which is now available to stream on Netflix. In this series, historian Dr. Amanda Foreman travels around the globe and explores the status of women throughout world history. She also fills in some of the gaps where women have been written out.

This will be available for the next few days: First listen of guitarist Jeff Buck’s new album, Loud Hailer. I recommend listening to the final song, “Shrine.” I find it beautiful, and full of hope.

Friday link roundup 2/19


I found this on Facebook and it resonated with me.


Unapologetic Body Love:  A Nia teacher shares a body-positive story and message on Rebelle Society.

Why aren’t there more treatments for menstrual pain and other related symptoms? This article addresses the stigma and lack of research.

St. Louis native and poet uses her words as activism to address issues such as racism, personal and community healing, and love.

Today is a Day of Remembrance: on this date in 1942, the U.S. government gave the order to put Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II.

The New York City Ballet held dance workshops for children with disabilities. The video about the process is definitely worth watching.

My hometown, Albuquerque, is hosting Women and Creativity events next month. As part of it, they are inviting people to make art and poetry trading cards to exchange with other participants. You don’t have to be local to join! Go here for more information and to sign up (sign up deadlines are in early March).

Susan Cain, author of Quiet – the bestselling book about the power of introverts – discusses the new book she wrote as a guide for introverted kids and teens, and how it may also benefit educators and parents.

SPD advocate Rachel Schneider released her first book this week! Making Sense is a guidebook for people with sensory issues and their loved ones. Check it out!

Friday link roundup 1/29

Study of Holocaust survivors indicates that trauma can be passed on genetically.

Anne Frank’s stepsister talks about the current refugee crisis.

From last year:  a mother’s letter to her transgender son, Jacob, on his 5th birthday.

On dance and neuroplasticity.

A family incorporates movement into all aspects of their lives by removing or modifying  furniture, setting up a jungle gym in the living room, and more.

An 11 year old girl from New Jersey decided she was sick of reading stories about “white boys and dogs.”  She is now holding a book drive to get 1000 books with black female protagonists by February 1.

Lego creates a toy figure in a wheelchair.

Michael Moore’s letter on ways to help the people of Flint, Michigan.

I definitely would have appreciated this as a teenager:  the first ever BroadwayCon.

A documentary film about an eagle huntress from Mongolia is making waves at the Sundance Film Festival.

New research study finds brain’s wiring is connected to Sensory Processing Disorder.

An excellent article on what “neurotypical” means – and what it doesn’t.

Friday link roundup 12/18

Buzzfeed held their own mental health awareness week.  NAMI selected their favorite articles from the week.  I also appreciated this piece on what it can be like to have both anxiety and depression.

As part of my sensory processing disorder, I struggle with vestibular issues.  This article does an excellent job at explaining the vestibular system, how it works, and exercises aimed to help with balance and coordination.

Trigger warning:  rape.  This article’s story unfolds in a well-written and unexpected way:  An Unbelievable Story of Rape.  My dad recommended that I not read it at night because of the content and how gripping it is, and I’m glad I took his advice.

On lack of affordable housing in Utah, despite their rehousing programs.  This article brings this national issue to light from a local lens.

Admittedly, I have had times where I’ve walked quickly past panhandlers without making eye contact, and felt ashamed for it afterwards.  I think this article has some great suggestions:  3 Ways to Responsibly and Compassionately Respond to Panhandling.

Lessons from Harry Potter in working towards social justice.  It’s more than just magic. 

“I am writing to you because it has gotten just that bad. I have found myself telling too many people about the advice given to me years ago by the late composer Herbert Brun, a German Jewish man who fled Germany at the age of fifteen: ‘Be sure that your passport is in order.'”  A Letter from a Muslim American to Non-Muslim Allies

Friday link roundup 11/27

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Love this.  Source unknown


A powerful article:  4 Reasons People of Color Can’t Cater to White People’s Guilt – Or Their Tears.

A young Bangladeshi woman climbs the Carstensz Pyramid (highest point in the Australasia continent), completing the seven summits record and making history.

Ikea has designed and created refugee shelters that lasts approximately three years.

In television news, Marvel’s Jessica Jones just premiered on Netflix.  I watched the first episode, and it found its premise intriguing. This article addresses how the series depicts trauma and PTSD.

Where does the term “Black Friday” come from?  From  Facts and myths on the history of the origin of Black Friday. 

Friday link roundup 11/13

Deanna Zandt – media technologist, author, and speaker – created a comic essay about her journey with depression:  Meditation vs. Medication: Facing Depression.   I relate to her exploration of using multiple holistic methods to help her manage her moods until even those weren’t enough.

“According to their Facebook page, ‘Guerrilla Grafters is a grassroots group that sees a missed opportunity for cities to provide a peach or a pear to anyone strolling by. Their objective is to restore sterile city trees into fruit-bearers by grafting branches from fertile trees. The project may not resolve food scarcity, but it helps foster a habitat that sustains us.’ Their mission, they say is to make delicious, nutritious fruit available to urban residents through these grafts.”  More about the San Francisco-based Guerrilla Grafters movement here.

When I first told a friend about my sensory processing disorder diagnosis, she responded with “I realized recently that not everyone processes everything the same.  I wish I had known this sooner.”  Temple Grandin discusses the importance of different kinds of thinkers and a new approach for thinking about thinking.

I see this as hitting more of the mainstream:  An article from the U.S. News & World Report about children and sensory processing disorder.

As time goes by, more and more Native languages are on the brink of extinction.  An 81-year-old-woman, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language, created a dictionary of her tribes’ language and is actively working to teach younger generations.

A discussion of systemic racism on college campuses.  A recounting of the recent events at Mizzou and their connection to the past.