101 Farmhouse Favorites

101 Farmhouse Favorites


Afternoons at Grandma’s farmhouse always seemed to be sunny.a warm breeze blowing through cotton curtains, endless fields of green, relaxing on the porch with a glass of lemonade and looking forward to what she’d make for dinner. No matter what was served in her kitchen, the meals were always made with love and the recipes were treasures passed down through generations. Those mouth-watering, tried & true classics were our inspiration for this collection. 101 Farmhouse Favorites is filled with all the wonderful dishes that made meals at the farmhouse so memorable, and now you can inspire warm memories of your own! Start your morning off right with a big slice of Easy Bacon Frittata or some Swirled Coffee Cake. Gather the family ’round the table for dinner with easy favorites like Cayenne Fried Chicken, BBQ Pork Ribs and Grandma’s Buttery Mashed Potatoes. There’s no better way to top off a hearty farmhouse dinner than with a luscious dessert. how about a big slice of Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie or Root Beer Cake? We’ve also included a canning chapter in 101 Farmhouse Favorites, with great recipes that let you store away a little bit of summer to enjoy all year long. You’re sure to love Garlic Dill Pickles, Mom’s Peach Butter and Our Favorite Salsa. So open the windows, let the sun shine in and whip up one of these farmhouse favorites!

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Our Future Generations Can Teach Us a Thing or Two About Arctic Drilling

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Last week, President Obama made a terribly risky decision for the Arctic. His administration cleared the final hurdle that allows for drilling into oil-bearing zones in the Arctic Ocean, approving one of Shell Oil’s modified drilling permits for the Chukchi Sea. That decision puts the fate of the fragile Arctic Ocean, and a piece of our climate future, in the hands of Shell – a company with a track record of stumbles and mishaps in the Arctic that hardly inspires confidence.

To put this decision into context, it’s important to understand the climate legacy President Obama has sought to put into place for himself. Obama’s climate policy was born of a commitment to acting on climate change for the sake of future generations, a commitment seemingly at odds with green-lighting the drilling for and burning of the billions of barrels of oil currently locked up beneath the Chukchi Sea.

Just last month, in more than 20 events across 15 states, citizens across the country banded together in a nationwide protest calling on President Obama to stop Shell – or any other oil company – from drilling in the Arctic Ocean. And one of the most compelling voices from that day of action came from the “future generations” that President Obama is seeking to protect – our kids and grandkids, who will bear the brunt of climate change should we continue down our current road of fossil fuel dependence.

Bella Parra, all of 11 years old, stood among her peers a stone’s throw away from Lake Michigan in Chicago – President Obama’s hometown – and spoke out about Arctic drilling:

Hi, my name is Bella Parra, daughter of Barbara Klipp, and I (like all of you) strongly dislike Shell’s plans for our future! When my mom told me that Shell was planning to drill in the Arctic, I got so mad. Two times I went to Washington, D.C., for Alaska Wilderness Week and I learned so much about Alaska and wildlife. We learned about indigenous people, caribou, polar bears, and all kinds of ocean animals like whales and lots more. I probably learned more there than I learn in school. I thought of what could happen to the wildlife that’s been there for ages.

When I was in third grade, I had to do a report on an animal, and I chose the polar bear. Not because of the environmental facts, but because it reminded me of my dog. The more and more research I did, the more I realized how much trouble they are in. And global warming is a big problem today too.

In my research I found out that polar bears usually have twins or triplets. I asked Siri the definition of empathy and she said “understanding and comprehending another’s feelings.” Close your eyes and imagine you have twins or triplets to watch. As you swim, you try to find land or ice to rest on so you don’t drown. Can you picture that? Drilling by the Arctic? And guess who has made this “dream”…I mean nightmare…possible? Shell! Do you want another oil spill? No! Do we want our special endangered animals to get covered in oil like in the Gulf? No!!!

One of my favorite songs is “What a Wonderful World.” Out of my window, our world looks great. But will we be able to think that if Shell drills in the Arctic and another spill happens?

Stop Shell now while we still can. The world may depend on it!

As Bella said, we can’t ignore the signs of climate change in the Arctic, or the impacts that an Arctic drilling program will have on our nation’s climate future. Iconic species like walrus, polar bears and bowhead whales are already being impacted by the disappearance of Arctic ice and other long term impacts from climate change, and now will be subjected to disturbances from Shell’s drilling program as well.

Whatever happens this summer, the world will be watching. Millions of Americans have come forward to save the Arctic from both climate disaster and the potential for devastating spills — but this fight is just beginning.

Five years on from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico continues to suffer. Earlier this month, the National Climatic Data Center revealed 2015 to be breaking global temperature records. It’s time to safeguard the Arctic and our nation’s climate future – our children don’t deserve to pay for our mistakes.

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OK, I fully admit I stole that title. Well, maybe not “stole,” since I’m about to give it proper credit, but it certainly wasn’t my own original idea. The line comes from George Will, and (of course) refers to Donald Trump. Part of the fun for Democrats this summer has been watching the angst of serious-minded conservative columnists as they realize how large a portion of the Republican base doesn’t really care what serious-minded conservatives inside the Beltway think about much of anything. Will was the best (but by no means only) example of this last week, as he started his column off with a real humdinger of an opening paragraph:


Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

Ah, c’mon George… tell us how you really feel about Trump! Heh.

The entire Trump phenomenon reminds me of a basic rule from the world of magical/fantasy fiction. It’s not quite Asimov’s “three laws of robotics,” but it’s still been used my many authors who write about wizards casting dangerous spells. The rule of thumb among wizards? “Do not call up that which you cannot put down.” Don’t summon demons or otherworldly forces if you’re not strong enough to defeat them, in other words.

You can probably see where I’m going with this, in relation to Donald Trump. The Republican Party has called up a force of nature that it is, quite obviously, completely incapable of controlling or defeating. Hey, couldn’t have happened to a nicer political party! All those decades of dog-whistle language, coded references, and wink-wink-nudge-nudge that the Republican Party has benefited from are now coming home to roost.

George Will isn’t the only one freaking out by this new reality. Bill Kristol, who is famously always wrong about pretty much everything, wrote a column this week proposing eight or nine new candidates for the Republican presidential race (the most absurd: Samuel Alito). Because, obviously, seventeen is not enough. Frank Luntz, famous Republican pollster and spin doctor, held a focus group of Trump supporters which left him (according to his own statement) weak in the knees, with his legs all a-tremble.

Of course, not everyone is horrified at Trump’s success. He just picked up the endorsement of David Duke, for whatever that’s worth. Trump also tossed out Jorge Ramos from a press conference, and called two of his supporters “passionate” after they beat a homeless man with metal pipes, in support of Trump’s position on immigrants. All the while, Trump’s numbers continue to improve in the polls, where he’s now edging towards 30 percent of all Republican primary voters. If he manages to top 35 percent, then he may become absolutely unstoppable (much to serious-minded conservatives’ collective dismay).

Some Republicans are now even contemplating rigging the primary so Trump’s name doesn’t appear on their state’s ballots. As usual, when Republicans can’t win at the polls, their fallback position is to cheat. State-level party bigwigs in Virginia and North Carolina are considering taking this route, and South Carolina already has the rule the others are contemplating — every Republican candidate must sign a “loyalty oath” to support the party’s eventual nominee and not run as an independent in the general election, or their name doesn’t appear on the primary election ballot. Obviously, these sorts of pledges are utterly unenforceable, so it’ll be interesting to see how Trump plays it. But the mere fact that the state-level party honchos are even considering this sort of thing is an accurate measure of the desperation which exists among establishment Republicans right now.

Trump continues to roil the Republican waters on the immigration issue. The other GOP candidates are being exposed as complete cowards when it comes to reacting to Trump’s grand “ship them all home” plan. Scott Walker probably stumbled the worst, as he floundered around for days trying to figure out his stance on the Fourteenth Amendment. He was for changing it, against changing it, and tried to brush the entire question off; none of which made him seem even one tiny iota presidential.

Jeb! Bush thought he might tap into some of the Trump anger by tossing around the term “anchor babies,” which was almost as spectacular a failure as Walker’s vacillation. Jeb! then tried to explain that anchor babies were really more of an Asian problem, thereby offending two minority demographics at once. Boy, it’s fun to watch the Republican “minority outreach” effort in action, isn’t it? As George Will so accurately predicted (most especially on Latino and Asian vote percentages), Republicans “face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.” Jeb! also (you just cannot make this stuff up, folks!) marked the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by releasing a new ad this week showing Jeb! standing right next to Mike “Heckuva Job” Brown, the disgraced former head of FEMA who fiddled while New Orleans drowned. As the image is shown, Bush intones: “We have the best emergency response team on the ground, in the country, and in the world.” Heckuva job, Brownie!

Over on the Democratic side of the race, there was an explosion of interest in a new candidate that might be labeled “Bidenpalooza.” Joe’s obviously seriously considering a run, and the Wall Street Journal even reported he is currently leaning towards throwing his hat in the ring. Don’t expect an announcement any time soon, though, as Biden says he’ll make a decision by the end of next month.

Bernie Sanders got a front-page story in the New York Times this week. Of course, being the mainstream media and all, it was a total hit piece full of the snarkiest language possible. It absolutely ignored Bernie’s entire message and platform (of course), and absolutely refused to analyze why so many people are flocking to support him. Cornel West just endorsed Bernie’s candidacy this week, but very few political reporters noticed, since it doesn’t fit in with their “only white liberals support Sanders” go-to storyline.

That’s enough from the campaign trail for one week. In other fun news, the oldest message-in-a-bottle ever was returned to its sender recently, after a journey of more than a century. A British scientific group sent out a thousand postcards in bottles from 1904 through 1906, to study the currents in the North Sea. A couple just found one on a German island, and sent the postcard back to the group (which still exists). The Marine Biological Association made good on the century-old promise on the card, and sent a reward of one old shilling to the couple for returning the postcard. I don’t really have any reason for including this story, but it did make me smile, in an otherwise Trump-filled week. Maybe Sting or The Police can write a song about it, or something!

 

Most Impressive Democrat of the Week

We’re changing the title of this award this week, because they’re not technically Democrats. So we’re handing out the Most Impressive Activist Group Of The Week to Neighborhood Legislature, for their amusing and entirely appropriate political theater in California. From the story:


A group of protesters in California took a stand against the influence of money in politics Wednesday by imagining what it would look like if lawmakers had to publicly advertise their campaign donors on their clothes à la professional stock car drivers.

The protesters placed cardboard cutouts of all 120 California state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in front of the state capitol in Sacramento. Each legislator wore the logos of the corporations that back them in the style of NASCAR drivers’ brand-filled uniforms.

The photos alone are worth clicking that link to see.

We’ve long been an advocate of this idea, although we certainly can’t claim to have thought it up ourselves. As far back as FTP [189] (scroll down to Talking Point 7), we’ve been big fans of plastering donor logos on congresscritters and other politicians. If America is going to be run by bribery, the least we should be able to do is see who is forking over all that money to buy the politicians!

For taking this idea and running with it, and for an absolute brilliant piece of political theater, the Neighborhood Legislature is hereby awarded the Most Impressive Activist Group Of The Week. This is one of those ideas we truly wish would go viral, on a national level.

[Congratulate Neighborhood Legislature on their official webpage, to let them know you appreciate their excellent stunt.]

 

Most Disappointing Democrat of the Week

Before we get to the main award, we do have one (Dis-)Honorable Mention this week, for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for waging a silly war on boobies. Laws banning topless women from appearing in public were changed a while back in New York, and some enterprising women are using their newfound right to bare their breasts in Times Square. Among the people dressed in Elmo suits or dressed as Captain America, there are now women wearing nothing but a thong and body paint. All of these folks are there for the same reason: to separate the tourists from their money. Charging ten bucks (or whatever the traffic will bear) to appear in a photo has long been a tradition in Times Square, so this is really nothing new.

Now, Times Square does have an even older history of being a sex district with triple-X theaters and whatnot, which was all cleaned up (so as not to scare the tourists) a while back. In other words, Bill de Blasio wanting to ban topless women from Times Square isn’t happening in a vacuum. He doesn’t want a return to the “bad old days,” but at the same time he seems to be overreacting to the perceived problem. If Hizzoner truly does want to end this practice, there’s really only one acceptable way to do so: change the law back. Ban boobies everywhere. This, however, might be a political problem for him.

In fact, the whole fracas really nothing short of knee-jerk “Won’t someone think of the children!!!” overreach. You know what? I bet children who see a painted lady’s chest won’t actually be as traumatized as all the pearl-clutchers think. Bill de Blasio should have stayed out of this fight, which is why he earns a (Dis-)Honorable Mention this week.

But, for the second week in a row, Hillary Clinton is the recipient of our Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week this week. Clinton, like all presidential candidates these days, is struggling to be heard among the thousands of “Did you hear what Trump just said?” stories. So she apparently thought she’d use some shocking language of her own, and compared her political opponents to terrorists, because (by her logic) they both treat women badly.

Where to begin? First, there are hard lines in politics that should never be crossed. You don’t call someone a traitor, for instance, under any circumstances short of them being legally accused of actually selling the country out. Another of these rules is that you don’t call a political opponent a terrorist. Clinton crossed that line, almost flippantly.

Did Clinton have a point to make? Yes she did. Planned Parenthood and abortion are about to be the focus of an enormous political battle in Washington — one that might even result in another government shutdown. The battle has already been joined, and it is going to get fierce next month. Clinton was jumping in to this fray in an admirable fashion, rather than waiting on the sidelines and mouthing vague platitudes. She’s always been a champion for women’s rights, so it is entirely within her wheelhouse.

Even so, Clinton went too far. This is American politics, folks, and terrorist groups aren’t a part of it. The Taliban is not on any American ballot, to put it another way. While there are indeed many groups and countries around the world with horrendous records on women’s rights, it really has no bearing on domestic politics.

A final point: almost all American politicians are gigantic flaming hypocrites on the issue of women’s rights around the world, including not only Hillary Clinton but everyone else running for the presidency as well. If we really want to get up on our high horse about the way the Islamic State treats women, then it would require us (if we’re not going to be gigantic flaming hypocrites) to immediately suspend all ties with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis execute people by publicly beheading them, after all, and women in their country are not even allowed to do simple things like driving on their own. They’re about to have an election where — for the first time ever — women will be allowed to vote. If our gold standard for who America remains friends with is that women’s rights be respected, then our relationship with Saudi Arabia would be the first to go. If Hillary Clinton — or anyone else for that matter — speaks disparagingly about how terrorists treat women, then we would really like to hear someone ask her what her Saudi policy would be.

So for multiple reasons, Hillary linking her political opponents with terrorists was more than a little disappointing. Just because Trump is sucking all the oxygen out of the room right now does not mean Democrats should be stooping to his level (or even lower). Clinton can fight for women’s rights as fervently as possible without making such odious comparisons. She needs to back down on this one, but for now it has earned her another Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award.

[Hillary Clinton is a private citizen, and our longstanding policy is not to provide contact information for candidate websites, so you’ll have to search her contact info out yourself, sorry.]

 

Friday Talking Points

Volume 359 (8/28/15)

It’s still the Silly Season in Washington, so we don’t have a whole lot of substantive political talking points this week. When Congress returns, we’re in for a number of high-profile fights, but until then we’re just making do with what we’ve got. Just to warn everyone in advance.

 

1
   Making America Grate

Every so often, we are so struck by a clever turn of phrase that we have to give it a standalone talking point. This is one of those times, as Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post ran an article this week under the best headline we’ve yet seen to describe the Trump phenomenon — a play on Trump’s own campaign slogan. It’s a cheap pun, but that doesn’t make it any less funny:


How Donald Trump Makes America Grate

 

2
   From denial to anger

This framing of the Trump situation is likely going to appear again and again, but Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post gets credit for being the first to point it out.

“The Republican Party seems to be destined to go through the classic ‘five stages of grief’ as they come to grips with Donald Trump’s success. Most establishment Republicans are still in the first stage, denial. Some have already moved on to anger — the second stage. I mean, did you read George Will’s ‘every sulfurous belch’ column this week? The third stage is going to be problematic, since it is bargaining — and Trump is a notoriously tough bargainer. This will inevitably lead to depression, and sooner or later to the final stage, acceptance. You might call it the grief of watching the Republican Party die, right in front of their eyes.”

 

3
   Strong growth

This is one to hit Jeb! with, in particular.

“Jeb Bush is running on a promise to achieve four percent growth in America’s economy. I wonder if he saw the most recent numbers, which showed the economy grew 3.7 percent in the second quarter of this year? Seems like President Obama’s doing almost as well as what Bush is promising, which reminds me of Mitt Romney’s promise to get unemployment down to six percent before 2016. Remember that one? Obama managed to achieve that in about half the time Romney promised. Seems like Republicans can’t even promise they’ll handle the American economy as well as Democrats routinely do in the real world.”

 

4
   $ 200 million and counting

Data to use in other state-level legalization fights.

“Colorado and Washington have so far taken in over two hundred million dollars in marijuana tax revenue. We don’t yet have data for Alaska and Oregon, but you can bet they’re raking in millions as well. By legalizing recreational marijuana use, these states have turned a big drag on their state budgets — policing, prisons, clogged courtrooms, and all the rest of it — into a huge asset. I’m sure there are other state governments out there who are paying attention. The success of legalization continues to benefit the states which have implemented it. $ 200 million ain’t exactly pocket change.”

 

5
   President Barack Obama Highway

This is going to be lots of fun for Democrats, for years to come.

“I see that Riviera Beach, Florida just voted to change the name of a road from ‘Old Dixie Highway’ to ‘President Barack Obama Highway.’ Personally, I can’t think of a better way to get rid of institutionalized racist memorials than to rename them after the first African-American president. In fact, I would bet that after Obama’s term in office ends, there will be a lot more things named after him all across America. Call it the revenge of Democrats after the orgy of naming so many things after Ronald Reagan a few years back.”

 

6
   Maybe Amazon will step in

This one is pretty funny.

“Among the many creative uses of drone aircraft we can now add their use to deliver banned things inside prison walls. An attempt was made in Maryland recently to fly in some drugs and pornography aboard a drone. While this attempt was foiled, it seems such an obvious use of new technology that we’ll likely see more and more of these attempts in the near future. How exactly are the cops going to keep the skies over prisons clear of drones? Skeet shooting?”

 

7
   Jade Helm invasion a total flop

This qualifies as rubbing salt in the wound, really.

“I notice that the predicted invasion of Texas by the United States military seems not to have materialized. It wasn’t so long ago that the Texas governor was issuing dire warnings of the nefarious intent of America’s own military in carrying out an exercise called ‘Jade Helm 15,’ which did nothing but stoke paranoid delusions within the state. Well, the summer’s drawing to a close and I still haven’t seen one headline about the Army taking over Texas, or confiscating everyone’s guns, or rounding up its citizens for concentration camps, or any of the rest of the nonsense the rightwingers were spouting not so long ago. If Jade Helm really was a planned invasion of Texas, I have to say it’s been a total flop so far.”

 

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3 Reasons You Stay Stuck in a Job You Hate Instead of Pursuing Your Dream

Are you doing work you love? If not, what’s stopping you? If you are like the majority of people, you are probably doing work that pays your bills but that you don’t have a passion for. Even if you are working in the field of your college major, you have likely changed and gained more life experiences, new interests, and are not the same person you were when you chose your career path. That’s okay and far more common than you may imagine. In fact, most people are unsatisfied with their jobs.

According to Gallup, there are twice as many people who dislike their jobs as there are people who love their jobs. As a matter of fact, only 13 percent of all the people studied are happy with their jobs; 63 percent are not engaged in their work and simply go through the motions day in day out. And there are 24 percent who actually hate their jobs. These studies are alarming, but true.

So, why are people resigned to stay unhappy in a job they hate instead of doing work that feeds them and that they are passionate about? It boils down to three main reasons.

1. Fear — that four-letter word that has so many people living a mediocre, passionless life. Fear can be all-encompassing, especially when it means change is involved. So, what are we afraid of?

Fear of failure. This is what I call the “what if” fear. What if I try and do something I am passionate about and fail — what will people think, and what will it say about me? What if I don’t make any money, go bankrupt, lose my house, and end up on the street? We are so afraid to step out because we are worried about failing. It’s been said that Edison failed 1,000 times before he succeeded in creating the lightbulb. Had he been afraid of failure, we may still be living in the dark. Success is never guaranteed, but failure is certain if you fail to try.

Fear of success. At first thought, this may seem illogical because isn’t success what we all want? The answer is no. Many people hold this deep seated fear. They fear that if they are successful, they can no longer be the same person they are today, and that they will have to change. Or, deep down they don’t feel worthy of success. Some feel that if they do achieve success, they may be unable to maintain it, so there is no use in trying. And, there are those who think being successful will take up too much time and energy. Here’s something to consider — isn’t doing work you don’t like already taking up massive amounts of your precious time and energy?

Fear of the unknown. That comfort zone of ours can be quite a motivator to stay where we are. But when we live in that space, we do not expand, grow, learn, or experience all that life has to offer. This is living a life of muted mediocrity, and who wants to live like that? When I worked as a hospice social worker, I had the privilege of being able to experience with people their final days and weeks. I found that one of the top regrets expressed by my dying patients was that they wished they had not been so afraid to take risks along the way, realizing that they could have lived fuller lives if they had not lived so cautiously and played it safe. Who wants to get to the end of their life with regrets of not having lived life to the fullest? Doing just one thing each day to move out of our comfort zone can expand that comfort zone dramatically and make the unknown less scary.

2. Lack of clarity. This can keep people stuck for years. If you are waiting to wake up one day knowing exactly what you want to be when you grow up, you could be waiting forever. Please do not wait for clarity to just show up. Clarity comes from within, and each of us is responsible for creating our own. There are many exercises and techniques that can help you in getting clearer, but you have to be engaged and do the work required to successfully achieve clarity. It may also take exploring different options to see what fits for you. You may even fail a few times, but it will bring you that much closer to figuring out what work you would love. In essence, clarity is truly an inside job.

3. Not knowing how to make it happen. Suppose you know what you would love to do but just can’t figure out how to make it happen. The first step is to set the intention that no matter what, you will make it happen. Once you do this, you have already done half of the work. Your unwavering decision to find a way will begin to overshadow any doubts you have. When you set the intention to do the work you love, the right people and circumstances just start to show up. When you make your mind up, you cannot help but to start attracting what you need to move forward. To keep the momentum, many people find it helpful to create a vision board of exactly what they want their dream job to look like and focus on the outcome daily, expecting results to happen. In the meanwhile, start taking action toward your dream. Take a small step each day. You will find that those small steps start to add up, and before you realize it, your goal of doing work you love is no longer a dream, but a blossoming reality.

What is keeping you from pursuing your dream? Is it fear, lack of clarity, or not knowing how to make it happen? What can you do to push past that barrier and create work that gives you a strong sense of purpose, passion, and fulfillment?

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Pedro Martinez Doubles Down: Tanaka Still ‘Not The Tanaka I Saw’

The popularity of Tommy John surgery has grown so much so that last year alone, MLB pitchers had more procedures done — than throughout all of the 1990s. I was joined on HuffPost Live by retired pitching great Pedro Martinez, who was just recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. Martinez says that New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka — who opted to pass on Tommy John surgery — is “not” the same pitcher he was before tearing his ligament. 

Watch Martinez discuss Tanaka above, and catch the full HuffPost Live conversation about Tommy John surgery here.

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In Small Doses (A Short Story Collection)

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This is a collection of new and not so new short stories. It includes (in order):Taken Seat (A Modern Fairytale) – The life and times of a selfish young girl and a male bully. Layer 20 – Another happy Friday and that means a reappearance of that pesky network problem that just wont get solved. Time Served – A journal written from the shadows about serving an unusual prison sentence. Or is it?But it’s on Sale – “Cheap is expensive” when it comes to food bargains. The Strip – An older story about an unusual spiritual encounter and dealing with anger. Would be Family – An older work about an unsuccessful writer and the impact on his wife. Missed Lessons – A Buddhist-inspired tale about life and its teachers. Beatrice’s Story – A fictionalized tale of events not that long ago. Under Texas Skies – A travelogue wrapped in a Sci-Fi story. The IT Wife – Information Technology deployments and the toll it takes on families.

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Weekend Roundup: Refugees and Market Woes Put World on Edge

The undertow of China’s slackening economy and the mounting tide of refugees pushing through border after border in Europe put the world on edge this week. After spiraling down, volatile stock markets rallied back, for now. . .

Writing from Beijing, Fred Hu argues that what we are witnessing is China’s shift toward the “new normal” of a slower growth paradigm focused on domestic consumption instead of investment and export-led growth. He expresses confidence that his country will weather the storm, writing, “it is a loser’s game to bet against China’s leaders.” Nobel laureate Michael Spence locates the culprit of market volatility in the flood of funds unleashed by low interest rates looking for higher returns, which has led to the gap between a financial bubble and the real economy now undergoing a correction.

Economist Brad DeLong argues that China’s “supergrowth”only has five more years to run before it becomes just “another corrupt middle-income country.” Meanwhile, we look at the “Eyes on China” Instagram project that reveals real life behind China’s virtual firewall. WorldPost China Correspondent Matt Sheehan asks whether China’s “one-child policy enforcers” can boost the cognitive skills of children in rural Danfeng County. Summarizing his research after a stint at Beijing’s Renmin University, Israeli scholar Alon Tal concludes that China’s unpopular one-child policy has helped avoid famine and even worse ecological damage in a country with a population approaching 1.5 billion people.

Often guided by maps on their smartphones, a swell of refugees fleeing war and seeking asylum has overwhelmed European authorities. António Guterres, United Nations high commissioner for refugees, puts the crisis in a global context of world disorder where no one is in control. “When power relations are unclear, impunity and unpredictability tend to prosper,” he says. “That, I believe, is the reality behind the high levels of displacement that are taking place in today’s world.” Writing from Berlin, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel present a 10-point plan to solve the refugee crisis. From Vienna, WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones tells the horrid tale of over 70 refugees found dead in a truck at the Austrian-Hungarian border. Danae Leivada reports on a gigantic car ferry chartered by the Greek government to take thousands of Syrian refugees from the small islands they have reached to Athens, where they are being settled into a new camp.

World Reporter Charlotte Alfred describes how a library in the “Jungle” camp in Calais, France is bringing poetry to refugees settled there. And HuffPost Germany’s Christoph Asche relays what one priest in that country is doing to address the refugee crisis.

As the U.S. Congress’ vote on the Iran nuclear deal nears, dissident journalist Akbar Ganji and UN envoy Richard Falk appeal for its passage. We also post several video messages to Americans from other Iranian voices, including Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, supporting the deal. Iran’s former Foreign Minister Ebrahim Yazdi writes an unusual open letter to Congress, which argues that the “economic deprivation” caused by sanctions and “the pall of war” have never advanced democracy and human rights in his country. Muhammad Sahimi argues that Iran’s agreement to stall its nuclear program is a defeat for Ayatollah Khamenei.

On the one year anniversary of the Gaza war cease-fire, Harvard’s Daniel Sobelman writes that Israel and Hamas seem to be inching toward ending the siege of the Gaza strip. In an excerpt from his new book, Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer remembers the events of that day and one boy who lost members of his family just as the truce was announced. Reflecting on the death in recent days of Pakistan’s former spy chief Hamid Gul, Mohammad Taqi says Gul was a “pan-Islamist fundamentalist” who was the “military equivalent of Osama bin Laden.” We also take a look at the trailer of the forthcoming biopic, “He Named Me Malala,” about the young girl and human rights activist who survived an attack on girl’s education in Pakistan and publish an excerpt of Shanoor Seervai’s e-single book, “Daughters of the Red Light,” about women in Mumbai escaping from India’s notorious sex industry.

Qasim Rashid says that the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians is in stark contrast with the way Christians are supposed to be treated in Islam. In a photo essay, we look at historic photos of the ancient city of Palmyra now being destroyed by ISIS. Alaa Abdel Fattah, the software engineer turned protest leader during the Arab Spring, says in a HuffPost Arabi interview from Cairo that “the revolutionary youth are too weak for the regime to care about reconciling with them.” Raghida Dergham worries that “the security situation in Turkey has started to resemble what is happening in Arab nations, whose capitals and ancient cities are frequently rocked by bombs but also confused politics.” Amnesty International’s Campaigns Director for South East Asia Josef Benedict worries that this weekend’s massive demonstrations against corruption could end in violence.

In “Forgotten Fact” this week we look at “the other drought” — not in the western U.S., but in southern Africa.

Writing from São Paulo where she met 100 other McDonald’s workers from around the world, Bettie Anne Douglas chronicles her 7-year battle to raise the minimum wage. Maha Hosain Aziz looks at how crowdsourcing Brazi’s anti-corruption effort might ease Brazil’s legitimacy crisis. BrasilPost shares this photo essay of the “coolest graffiti” in the Grajaú district of São Paulo.

In other photo essays, we look at a child wedding in Bangladesh, the 20th century dystopia of North Korea, the pile up of trash in Lebanon and the best landscape photographs of the year.

Alexis Sobel Fitts examines how Google is changing the way we think. Our Singularity series this week speculates that microwaves instead of traditional fuels could power future space planes. Finally, in Fusion, we assess recent reports that China, which mostly burns soft coal, is spewing out less carbon emissions than previously thought.

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EDITORS: Nathan Gardels, Senior Advisor to the Berggruen Institute on Governance and the long-time editor of NPQ and the Global Viewpoint Network of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media, is the Editor-in-Chief of The WorldPost. Farah Mohamed is the Managing Editor of The WorldPost. Kathleen Miles is the Senior Editor of the WorldPost. Alex Gardels and Peter Mellgard are the Associate Editors of The WorldPost. Katie Nelson is the National Editor at the Huffington Post, overseeing The WorldPost and HuffPost’s editorial coverage. Eline Gordts is HuffPost’s Senior World Editor. Charlotte Alfred and Nick Robins-Early are World Reporters. Rowaida Abdelaziz is Social Media Editor.

CORRESPONDENTS: Sophia Jones in Istanbul; Matt Sheehan in Beijing.

EDITORIAL BOARD: Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, Arianna Huffington, Eric Schmidt (Google Inc.), Pierre Omidyar (First Look Media) Juan Luis Cebrian (El Pais/PRISA), Walter Isaacson (Aspen Institute/TIME-CNN), John Elkann (Corriere della Sera, La Stampa), Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera), Dileep Padgaonkar (Times of India) and Yoichi Funabashi (Asahi Shimbun).

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Moises Naim (former editor of Foreign Policy), Nayan Chanda (Yale/Global; Far Eastern Economic Review) and Katherine Keating (One-On-One). Sergio Munoz Bata and Parag Khanna are Contributing Editors-At-Large.

The Asia Society and its ChinaFile, edited by Orville Schell, is our primary partner on Asia coverage. Eric X. Li and the Chunqiu Institute/Fudan University in Shanghai and Guancha.cn also provide first person voices from China. We also draw on the content of China Digital Times. Seung-yoon Lee is The WorldPost link in South Korea.

Jared Cohen of Google Ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. Bruce Mau provides regular columns from MassiveChangeNetwork.com on the “whole mind” way of thinking. Patrick Soon-Shiong is Contributing Editor for Health and Medicine.

ADVISORY COUNCIL: Members of the Berggruen Institute’s 21st Century Council and Council for the Future of Europe serve as the Advisory Council — as well as regular contributors — to the site. These include, Jacques Attali, Shaukat Aziz, Gordon Brown, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Juan Luis Cebrian, Jack Dorsey, Mohamed El-Erian, Francis Fukuyama, Felipe Gonzalez, John Gray, Reid Hoffman, Fred Hu, Mo Ibrahim, Alexei Kudrin, Pascal Lamy, Kishore Mahbubani, Alain Minc, Dambisa Moyo, Laura Tyson, Elon Musk, Pierre Omidyar, Raghuram Rajan, Nouriel Roubini, Nicolas Sarkozy, Eric Schmidt, Gerhard Schroeder, Peter Schwartz, Amartya Sen, Jeff Skoll, Michael Spence, Joe Stiglitz, Larry Summers, Wu Jianmin, George Yeo, Fareed Zakaria, Ernesto Zedillo, Ahmed Zewail, and Zheng Bijian.

From the Europe group, these include: Marek Belka, Tony Blair, Jacques Delors, Niall Ferguson, Anthony Giddens, Otmar Issing, Mario Monti, Robert Mundell, Peter Sutherland and Guy Verhofstadt.

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We not only deliver breaking news from the best sources with original reportage on the ground and user-generated content; we bring the best minds and most authoritative as well as fresh and new voices together to make sense of events from a global perspective looking around, not a national perspective looking out.

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Unions Plot Major Push After Landmark Labor Ruling

By Nathan Layne and Mica Rosenberg

Aug 28 (Reuters) – U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies’ obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.

On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a “joint employer” with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together or risk violating U.S. labor law.

Business groups, arguing that the ruling could lead to higher costs and hurt the economy, are pushing the Republican-led Congress to overturn it, in part it because the company named in the decision – Browning-Ferris – cannot challenge it in a federal court without overcoming a number of procedural hurdles.

Unions see the decision as a breakthrough not just in efforts to help employees organizes at franchisees of McDonald’s Corp and other chains but also as a tool to counter the proliferation of subcontracting in other industries in which workers are one or two steps removed from the companies indirectly controlling them.

 Manufacturers including auto workers, food processors, steelmakers and aerospace companies are potential targets for union campaigns, said Elizabeth Bunn, director of the AFL-CIO’s organizing department, noting that plant workers are often not directly employed by the parent firm.

“You literally can walk into almost any non-union manufacturing plant in the United States and you’ll see workers working on a line and not be able to distinguish who is temp from an agency and who is a direct employee of the company,” she said.

Big labor has focused much of its resources over the past few years on pushing for higher wages in the fast-food industry, and the Browning-Ferris ruling could have implications for an ongoing NLRB case seeking to hold McDonald accountable as a “joint employer” for alleged violations at franchisees.

‘GAME-CHANGER’

But union organizers see Thursday’s ruling as paving the way for gains across a range of industries given the widespread use of subcontracting by the manufacturing and service sectors to lower costs.

“It’s certainly a game changer,” said Teague Paterson, a partner at Beeson Tayer & Bodine, a law firm representing the union in the NLRB case. “Unions and workers have been frustrated by these triangulated relations that the board condoned in the past. It certainly opens the door to more organizing.”

 

 

Rand Wilson, a veteran organizer and a communications and policy director at a Massachusetts chapter of the Services Employees International Union, said he saw potential in warehousing, cleaning services and health care.

Another segment widely cited by organizers and labor experts is the warehouses of companies like Amazon.com Inc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Google Inc, which are often filled with workers from staffing agencies or contract firms.

The Teamsters union recently won an election to represent warehouse and shipping workers at Google Express, the technology giant’s shopping delivery service. The workers are employed through staffing firm Adecco.

Rome Aloise, president of the Teamsters in Northern California, said the Browning-Ferris ruling means Google will now have to be part of the discussions about working conditions with the union and the contractor.

“This is a classic case. We won and are going into negotiations and now Google will have to come to the table.”

It was a local branch of the Teamsters that originally brought the complaint about a union election at the Browning-Ferris recycling plant to the labor relations board, and the union has been active in organizing truck drivers and warehouse workers at delivery companies and tech firms.

Amazon, Google and Adecco were not immediately available for comment. Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick said the company was still reviewing the decision but has concerns.

TOUGH CHALLENGE

Challenging the ruling in court will not be easy, opponents say, because a court could only take up the case if closely-held Browning-Ferris refuses to negotiate with the workers’ union. “This will not be resolved quickly,” said Browning-Ferris’s attorney Stuart Newman. He declined to specifically comment on the company’s next legal steps.

Trade groups have little to no legal recourse, since they were not the subject of the NLRB’s ruling.

“The litigation strategy is somewhere between challenging and nonexistent, and of course the NLRB knows that,” said Michael Layman, a vice-president at the International Franchise Association on Friday.

Instead, the IFA and other groups said they would focus their efforts on Congress, which could write its own definition of employer responsibility for contract workers into law or pass a resolution blocking use of the new NLRB standard.

The Republican chairmen of congressional committees with oversight of labor issues, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, both pledged to introduce legislation that would roll back the decision.

But any bill targeting Browning-Ferris would join other Republican measures aimed at reversing NLRB decisions that have yet to become law, and would likely face a veto as long as a Democrat is in the Oval Office, said Walter Olson, a senior fellow who tracks labor law at the libertarian Cato Institute.

“The politics are such that, even though Republicans have strong majorities in both houses of Congress, the NLRB is considered enough of a party-line issue that a bill would get a presidential veto,” Olson said.

(Additional reporting by Daniel Wiessner, Robert Iafolla and Mari Saito; Editing by Peter Henderson, Christian Plumb and Alan Crosby)

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Taking My Own Advice

A human being is a part of the whole called by us, the “Universe” — a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Decades later and Albert Einstein’s words still hold much value and truth.

We are not separate from the whole. This is the understanding I came to after living a life on the opposite end of the spectrum.

When I studied adolescent development in graduate school, I was particularly fascinated with the theory of egocentrism and the concept of personal fables: As teenagers, we hold the belief that we are unique and special, separate from the rest. We desire to be the center of attention, and believe that nobody could ever understand our personal experiences.

Thinking back to my younger years, I felt like nobody understood me. The theory relates to adolescents specifically, but I wonder if it could be applied to one’s entire lifespan, depending on a person’s development. It’s only been in the last two years that I have let go of my personal fable and have come to integrate and embody the depth of Einstein’s words.

So why is this important?

I travelled to India, embarking on a journey of transformation and when I returned I was living by Einstein’s words: seeing the energy everywhere I went, experiencing the intricate connections that exist in everything, viewing life as one giant web, each moment interwoven into the next.

However, I was undermining a very important reality… One’s individual journey.

I came back to North America to a loved one who had fallen ill and decided that, with all the tools I had acquired while away, it was my responsibility to heal this person. I had learned so much about health and healing during my travels and felt like I held the key to her recovery.

How many of you have experienced that moment when you’re suddenly filled with hope, believing that you’ve discovered the missing link to another’s liberation?

When I was away I faced my own health issues and came to appreciate the importance of treating the body like a temple so that it is able to heal.

How we nourish ourselves in terms of what we consume and the kind of attention we give our bodies has a huge impact on our health. Self-love is essential in this equation.

And when I realized this, I was determined to transmit this “knowing” and “awaken” all those around me, adhering to Einstein’s notion that we are not separate from the whole.

But here’s the thing I was undermining: While there is truth in the fact that we are all one, it’s not our job to make others see what we see and do what we do.

Every person is here to experience his or her own journey and all we can do is commit to our own path, take the necessary steps to stay on course, lend a helping hand to those who desire support and love and accept those who don’t.

I know that staying away from processed foods, refined sugars, and GMOs is critical when it comes to treating my body well; I know that exercising from a loving place and consciously moving my body on a regular basis is fundamental to my health; I know that meditating daily supports my mental clarity and stability; I know that drinking tons of water and getting good sleep impacts my vitality; And I now know that it’s not my role to impose these truths on others who are not willing to receive them.

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

Disease occurs when energy is blocked inside the body and what we consume in the process has massive impact on our ability to release those blockages. I have read a plethora of research papers on the importance of nutrition, exercise and a loving mindset when it comes to healing the body. I have watched my own health transform based on these facts. And yet, I cannot enforce these lessons. All I can do is live by them.

This created a lot of personal pain and frustration at one point — I had to give up the role of savior, even with those I love most in this world.

Many of us grow up attached to this identity (e.g., the savior, the giver, the martyr, the helper, etc.), especially women. We are conditioned to believe that it is our obligation to heal/save/fix/change the people we love in this world. But it’s not.

While giving up this identity was painful, it has also been one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned.

It’s not up to us to light another person’s flame; we must ignite our own flame while loving those around us, as they are, and know that the flame may catch at some point… or it may not.

The butterfly effect is something to consider, especially in relation to Einstein’s words: A small change made in this complex system of life can have huge consequences elsewhere… But it is not our role to ensure that happens. Instead, we must trust in the unfolding and continue living our own truth.

Again, we may think we have the solutions for others’ pain. We may be convinced that if she stopped comparing herself to others and had more love and appreciation for her body in this moment or he was willing to see the mind-body connection and work through the emotional hurt in order to heal the physical pain than everything would be different.

While these things may be accurate, there’s a fine line between knowing something to be true and inflicting it onto those who are not ready to receive it.

Thus, after spending countless months trying to make other people see what I see and do what I do and witnessing more damage come from this process than good, I have chosen to surrender and trust in the butterfly effect.

I choose to embody what I preach, instead of merely talking the talk and expecting others to follow; I choose to infuse love into everything I do, whether it’s the food I eat, the activities I engage in, or the stillness I come to; I choose to lend a helping hand to anybody who crosses my path and desires support; And when I fall into an old pattern of neglect, self-hatred, comparison, or lack of presence, I choose to see it and I bring compassion into the equation.

We are human beings — accepting that this is an ongoing journey of growth is part of the process.

So what can we do when it comes to helping those we love?

We can live by what we speak. We can love and honor our bodies every moment of the day. We can help those who want support, while trusting that they have all the inner resources needed. We can light our own fires and allow them to burn brightly. We can be the change. And we can trust that everyone is doing the best they can.

And it’s still a work in progress, as Rumi states, “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

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India Eliminates Disease That Will Spare Thousands Of Mothers And Newborns

Health advocates in India are celebrating a major milestone that will save thousands of mothers’ and babies’ lives.

The World Health Organization declared that India has officially eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that predominantly plagues low-income patients. Just a few decades ago, the country reported about 150,000 cases a year, according to WHO. 

The disease is typically transmitted when the umbilical cord is cut in an unsanitary way and nearly all newborns infected with tetanus die, according to UNICEF. 

MNT usually occurs in developing countries where patients have limited or no access to proper treatment facilities and presents with severe muscle spasms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the accomplishment on Thursday at the Call to Action Summit 2015, according to the Times of India. The goal of the two-day advocacy event is to help developing countries reduce maternal and child deaths worldwide. 

Unlike other countries that have succeeded in eliminating the disease, India didn’t partake in a massive vaccination effort. 

Instead, the government partnered with UNICEF, WHO and other stakeholders to develop effective strategies that would keep MNT at bay.

Among its many initiatives, the country provided cash incentives to families who delivered at a health facility. The country also worked to train more skilled birth attendants, targeted communities to help reduce unhygienic practices and vaccinated mothers, according to UNICEF.

But advocates have been quick to also warn that India can’t fully rest easy just yet.

Unlike polio, tetanus can’t be eradicated since its spores remain “stubbornly present” in the environment, WHO noted. 

Tetanus was declared eliminated in India once it was able to reduce MNT to less than one case per 1,000 live births every year. 

WHO added that India needs to remain vigilant about improving hygiene practices and vaccinating mothers.

The declaration brings the total number of countries that have eliminated tetanus to 37. Still, the disease remains a risk in 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Kenya and Haiti.

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After the Storm, Schools Rise Again

Akili Academy of New Orleans looks in many ways like a new school, with its bright white walls, long-tinted window panes and a shining banner announcing the school’s name.

But that’s just the new wing. The heart of Akili Academy is the other half of the school — a perfectly renovated building with freshly polished wood floors and desks. Inside this wing is a very special classroom, Room 2306, also known as the Ruby Bridges Room.

In 1960, when Akili Academy was William Frantz Elementary, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, escorted by National Guardsmen, bravely walked past racist protestors to exercise her right to attend a great public school. Today, the room where she studied alone with one teacher–classmates refused to share a room with Ruby–stands as a testament to one brave little girl and one excellent educator.

Room 2306 and Akili Academy are also testaments to the strength of New Orleans. As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Akili Academy, and the many public charter schools that educate New Orleans students today, serve as reminders of the city’s capacity to bring educational opportunity to all children. Today, New Orleans stands as a beacon to other cities and states trying to turn around their public school systems.

When I visited the new Akili in June, I was struck by how carefully William Frantz Elementary had been preserved. It was a far cry from what New Orleans schools looked and felt like a decade earlier. Back then, the city’s education system was on the ropes, academically, financially and physically. Schools failed to educate the great majority of their students — only one in three eighth-graders could pass a state reading test. Bribery and corruption were common enough that the FBI had a satellite office at the school board headquarters.

The physical conditions of the schools pre-Katrina were sometimes the most heartbreaking. Many schools had no functioning bathrooms for students — stall doors missing, no toilet paper and non-functioning toilets. When voters passed a bond to add air conditioning to the city’s sweltering classrooms, it took nine years to install the equipment. Students had to try to learn — and good teachers and principals had to work — in downright horrific environments.

The storm brought a new level of destruction to the city schools. More than 100 schools were severely damaged, rooms flooded with mud, holes torn in walls, rubble strewn in hallways. It was hard to imagine that New Orleans schools could come back from all of that, but they did.

As Louisiana’s state superintendent of schools from 2007 to 2011, I worked with Governor Kathleen Blanco and Sen. Mary Landrieu to begin our recovery. One of the first things we did was to direct emergency federal funds to rebuild school buildings, putting doors on all the bathrooms and making sure they worked. We fixed up cafeterias and classrooms and wired schools with Internet access. All told, to date, we spent or committed more than $ 1 billion on building, renovating or refurbishing schools 63 schools without corruption–something that would have been unthinkable just a few years before. Since Superintendent Patrick Dobard began overseeing the city’s schools, a quarter of all dollars spent on school rebuilding has gone to businesses owned by women or people of color.

Now, the city’s public schools are doing far better, and not only by appearances. Thanks to the Recovery School District–a state-created system that allows school leaders to actually run their schools, rather than imposing a top-down bureaucracy–teachers and principals have the opportunity to succeed. Seventy-four percent of students attended a failing school 10 years ago. Today, only 8 percent do. Proficiency on state tests has more than doubled, and the RSD is the fastest improving district in Louisiana in average ACT scores. Schools in the city are competing, but cooperating at the same time in a new model for operating a school district.

Around the country, parents and leaders are realizing that it is unacceptable and downright un-American to let students attend, year after year, schools that have fallen into disrepair and that fail to prepare them for life after high school. Even without a natural disaster, they’re taking action to improve public schools. New Orleans has set the standard for state turnaround efforts in Tennessee and Michigan that our foundation has supported. Nevada and Georgia are taking note and following suit.

The schools in New Orleans aren’t perfect — academic achievement is still not where it needs to be. School buildings still need to be completed, and across the street from Akili Academy, homes still stand in disrepair and communities suffer.

But Akili represents hope for the future. It sends a message to the students who walk through the front door that they deserve a great education in a gleaming school — in a school that literally preserves the old while making way for the new, in one dramatically intertwined school building.

Across the city, things are better. New Orleans residents by the thousands are taking an active role in the governance and creation of their schools. Brilliant young people and experienced veterans have created a silicon valley of education where entrepreneurs thrive, engage each other and create dramatically improved ways of educating our children. Educators around the country come to visit and learn. As we move forward, we should take care to remember the past, especially before Katrina, no matter how painful, so we can remember how far we’ve come — just like they do in Room 2306.

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End Gun Violence by Repealing Not Enacting Legislation

I have no doubt that some additional legislation, such as background checks, will help stem the tide of this endless gun violence. But the real answer is in repealing existing legislation — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Congress has chosen to immunize from liability (not companies or individuals who engage in life-saving activities or products), but those who make a product designed to injure and kill people. Yes, there are some exceptions, but the rationale for the legislation primarily was that the industry was being sued; the litigation was costing them money, and they didn’t like it! No other industry receives such protection. Hospitals, doctors, nurses, and pharmaceutical companies engaged in researching and inventing life-saving medicines receive no such protection. All are subjected to tort laws and lawsuits.

The enactment of this legislation was such a blatant and dishonorable bow to lobbying and the NRA that it is difficult to understand how it can continue to survive in the face of almost daily mass shootings. Make the manufacturers liable; hold them accountable where they are guilty of wrongdoing in the same way every other American industry is treated; make it cost them money, and you will see a precipitous change in gun violence.

Virtually every major industry in this country has changed its policies and improved the safety of its products as the result of tort cases. They not only serve to compensate victims but equally important, they serve to change the conduct of the industry. There is absolutely no incentive for gun manufacturers to make guns safer, their distribution more accountable, or to do anything more than shrug their shoulders at each mass killing. Make them pay where they are found to be at fault and the deaths will go down.

Think about it — no gun enters the stream of commerce except a gun manufacturer. They all supposedly start out legally. Maybe if gun manufacturers were required to take a greater responsibility in their journey, or invented and produced smarter and safer guns, and were held liable for not taking all steps necessary to protect the public, the thousands of gun deaths annually might go down. If, as they claim, increased government regulation has not solved the problem, then maybe the threat of legal liability will.

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Astoria Pointe Receive Tribute & Healthcare Assistance by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

How to Leave Your Job… Correctly

There comes a point (or 15) in your career that you decide to move on from your current position/employer/industry. Hopefully when this time comes you’re moving on with a bittersweet feeling and a little nostalgia as Vitamin C’s “Graduation” plays in your head and you’re reminded of your growth and successes while feeling a bit of excitement for your next endeavor. If, however, you’re trying to quit to the tune of Ludacris’s Move B***H, I’d highly advise taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture. Quitting in an angry, vengeful, F$ %# off manner can really only hurt you. After all, you’re the employee in need of a new employer. If you have no immediate plans of being self-employed or an employer yourself let me humble you by saying that even though you may be the best _________ (insert job title here) ever, there are plenty of other people like you. You’re not Superman — you’re replaceable.

That being said, there’s a lot that should happen before, while and after you say, “My time here has come to an end.” As a person who has recently gone through this, here are a few quick things I’ve learned while on this path:

You’re Quitting Long Before You Quit. Your manager should be shocked and surprised that you have plans of leaving. If they had any idea of (or seem excited about) your departure it was probably reflected in your poor job performance or your big mouth. Either way, the weeks/months leading up to “the conversation” you should be on your “A game.” If anything, they should notice your performance improving, not declining.

Moral of the Story: you need letters of recommendation. Your old faithful standbys from school and that summer internship from three years ago aren’t going to cut it anymore.

Seek Advice — Cautiously. Some of my biggest regrets in life aren’t what I did/didn’t do. It’s that I let other people talk me into/out of the things that I did/didn’t do. While a few people in your corner know every transgression your colleague Meg did because of your constant venting about her, they will never truly understand your experiences as they are not in your shoes. Only you are. That being said, seek advice from those who you consider to be wise. However, only you should have the final say in how you decide to write your script in life. Be courageous in your decisions and follow through with them. Most of all stand by them no matter what. If things go well — yay you! If not, we’ll chalk it up to character development.

Moral of the Story: You’re an adult and need to start making decisions for yourself.

Finances (Should Not Be The Only Thing That) Matter. Quitting a job without another to replace it is daunting and risky. Not being able to identify your next source of income is a situation that most people cannot imagine or put themselves in. However, if you’ve come to the conclusion that quitting is for you, you need to be resourceful in figuring out how to eat. Checking your local temp agency or Craigslist or creating a Care.com profile are just a couple of options to think about. Your financial exit strategy should be established before you start the exit process. Maybe you’ll stay an extra three months. Maybe you’ll stop eating out, going to happy hours and shopping online. Maybe you’ll start a second job to really build your savings. Finances are an important aspect to consider, but just having a steady paycheck should not be the reason you’re unhappily keeping a job.

Moral of the Story: Don’t let a dollar hold you back from happiness.

Leave How You Came In — Graciously and Thankful. There were so many times that I fantasized about walking into work one day, sliding my computer on my manager’s desk, saying “byeeeeeeeeeee” and crip walking out of there chucking the deuces. Luckily, I gained some sense and didn’t do this. Instead, I set up a coffee meeting with my manager and we hashed things out. I stated why I was leaving, my desired last date of employment and asked for any overarching feedback that I could use later in life. My manager and I had some highs and definite lows together, but it was great to end the conversation with receiving many compliments and an invitation to come back if I didn’t find what I was looking for elsewhere. THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT! Even though I know the door is closed on my end, you should leave with your employer wanting you back and being open to your coming back. You’re the one who applied, interviewed for and accepted this job. Just because it didn’t work out for you, it doesn’t mean that you should forget how much you initially desired this job and were thrilled when you got it.

Moral of the Story: Always be appreciative of your life’s journey. As a chapter in your life concludes, try to figure out the best way to end it on a positive note. Whether the chapter began positively or negatively, remember you can control how it ends.

Stay Connected. I don’t believe in sending out an email to a chain of people I barely know at the firm saying “I’m leaving my job.” I also don’t believe in asking for phone numbers/emails I have no intention of using. Lately my default has been to ask people I care to stay in touch with if we can connect on LinkedIn. It’s the easiest way to build and maintain your professional network while getting updates and reminders on people’s lives as they also develop professionally. Whatever you do figure out how you’ll stay in touch with people as you’ll no longer have access to your company’s internal email system.

Moral of the Story: In the wise words of Trick Daddy, “Everybody know somebody that know somebody that know somethin.” In other words, don’t burn bridges. You just might be surprised how the people least suspect know the people you want to know.

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How Not to Sit on Sitting

By now, you may have heard of the saying “sitting is the new smoking.” Of course, this can never be exactly correct. You can’t be harmed by secondhand sitting or get discolored teeth from sitting, unless you are sitting in a very, very unusual way. This saying is meant to convey the health hazards of sitting too long each day. Studies have suggested that sitting too long can lead to a variety of health problems including obesity and diabetes as well as muscle and back problems. And the concern is that even participating in sports and aerobic exercises may not counter the negative health effects of sitting for too much of the day. The body may not be designed for the sedentary lifestyles that many now have. And increasingly we are doing more and more from the sitting position as Yeeli Mui of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins demonstrates below:

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So how can you reduce your sitting? Here are 10 ways:

1. Install desk contraptions.
If you spend a third of your time each day at work… and you sit a lot for work… well then that’s a lot of sitting. A recent trend is installing standing desks and replacing chairs with contraptions that force your body to work a bit harder while sitting (e.g., stationary bicycles or exercise balls, as the one Maggie Rudinger of the GOPC is using in the picture below) at workplaces. Standing desks are (or can be adjusted to be) tall enough for you to stand while working. Of course, many of these contraptions can be expensive. For example, standing desks range from several hundred dollars to several thousand (although improvisation can help you build a standing desk that is less expensive). Also, standing while working can have negative health effects too by placing too much stress on your shoulders, back, spine, knees, and legs. So while desk contraptions can be helpful, they aren’t the only thing you can do to reduce sitting time.

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2. Take frequent breaks.
Rather than standing or sitting all the time, balancing the two may be better. However, taking breaks can be challenging when you are engrossed in your work or by what’s on your computer screen. Setting up an alarm or other reminder to stand up and walk around at least once an hour may be helpful. Also, the more social your workplace may be, the inclined you may be to take breaks.

3. Reduce your driving.
Unless you are driving a new type of car that I am not aware of (e.g., a car that you have to pedal… which would then be called a bicycle), you are sitting and generally physically inactive when you are driving. Sure you may pump your fist when someone cuts in front of you or perform some mild car dancing when “Build Me Up Buttercup” comes on the radio, but driving time is sitting time. Think about how long you drive each day and that’s how long you are sitting. Could you replace some of that driving with walking, cycling, pogo-sticking, or taking public transportation?

4. Offer your seat to others.
Yes, yes, taking public transportation also may involve sitting. But unlike driving for which standing up and strolling around the car is frowned upon, public transportation does afford you the opportunity to be at least a little more active. Moreover, when on a train or a bus for a short ride, do you really need to sit down? If you can stand, offering others your seat can be kind and chivalrous… to yourself.

5. Do your job well.
You may dislike your job. Especially with so many speeches, books, and blogs telling you to do what you love, you may be inclined to minimize the amount of work that you have to do at your job and instead dedicate time to checking your social media pages, surfing the Web, or playing fantasy sports or computer games. While aspiring to do what you are meant to do is not necessarily a bad thing, reality means that you will never get to what you love all the time. Every career has its drudgeries (e.g., professional athletes, musicians, actors, and actresses, all have to toil through things that they do not like). If you are stuck in a job that you do not like, why not benefit your health by doing it well? Not only will it generate good references and experience for your next career steps, it will help others and you by staying active.

6. Help others.
When you help others, you usually can’t just sit, unless you are saving a seat or trying to flatten an object for them. Many acts of kindness involve doing something physically active, such as helping others by lifting, opening, carrying, constructing, fixing, or bringing an item. Even if you hate people, think of helping others as helping yourself… to stay active.

7. Replace electronic communications with more direct communications.
At one of my previous workplaces, a co-worker in the office next to mine used to email me questions even when she knew I was in my office… instead of taking about ten steps to visit me. Now while this may have saved her valuable Tetris-playing minutes each day, it represented missed opportunities to stand up and walk around. So instead of messaging someone via email, text, or social media, consider walking over to their location to talk or at least giving them a call.

8. Do your own household chores.
A few years ago, a friend of mine complained to the head of her Division that her job was so busy that she didn’t have time to do her routine chores and errands. His advice to her? Hire people to do her chores and errands. While his “advice” clearly showed a weak grasp of what she was really complaining about, it also was in line with a growing movement — hiring others to do physical labor for you. But remember all those chores such as laundry, vacuuming, etc. keep you physically active.

9. Get outside.
You may be less inclined to sit for long periods while working, playing, and relaxing outside your home or office. The external stimuli of other people, sites, sounds, and birds dropping pellets may prevent you from losing track of time and your sitting.

10. Stand during meetings.
Jim Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, encourages people to stand as much as possible during meetings. Such standing not only helps prevent sitting, but also helps you pay better attention to the meeting (it is harder to fall asleep while standing but remarkably some people are still able to do so). In fact, after someone gives a talk, Jim will often motivate everyone to give the person a standing ovation… which is also a nice touch. I can say that if I give a talk and Jim is in the room, I will almost always be guaranteed a standing ovation.

In many ways, reducing sitting involves reconsidering and reconfiguring many of the things that you are doing in your life. Obesity results when there is an imbalance between energy consumption and utilization in the body . Many things can cause such an imbalance. Sitting too much is one possible cause but by no means the only cause. Of course, reducing your sitting does not mean that you can eat or drink whatever you want or should forego additional exercise. In many ways, obesity is a sign that something is amiss in our lives and the systems around us.

And that shouldn’t sit well with you.

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Black Box Voting: Voter Intimidation

Hard to believe, but true. Voters are flat-out intimidated to come to the polls.

During the 2014 midterms, incumbent Mitch McConnell sent out warnings to Kentucky voters that read: ELECTION VIOLATION NOTICE. You are at risk of acting on fraudulent information that has been targeted for citizens living in County_____.” If you read further, you find that, “This document serves as a notification that you, as a resident of Kentucky and a registered voter in the aforementioned Commonwealth of fraudulent information that is being deliberately spread to voters in your area,” then goes on to list the pack of lies his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes purportedly said. However, the piece of mail doesn’t look like your typical ad. It reads like a warning.

Lundergan Grimes filed charges against McConnell on two counts of felony. McConnell may have violated Kentucky state law KRS 516.030 for Forgery in the Second Degree, intent to deceive with falsely designated “official” documents, and KRS 119.115, unlawfully attempting to intimidate voters.

Kentuckian college newspaper, Berea Citizen, published an ad warning students that if they were improperly registered, they could “face significant penalties” and have their right to vote challenged. Jonah Cabiles, campus organizer for the grassroots organization that filed a complaint with the Attorney General said that the words chosen sounded like “this really heavy legal term to intimidate student voters, especially those who…aren’t really specific with the Kentucky Revised Statute.”

That’s soft core intimidation compared with reports of the Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia proudly advertising on Facebook that it will carry guns to the 2014 polls in search of citizens who might have warrants for dodging taxes. “Some will be headed to some of Milwaukee, Racine, and Beloit’s worst areas,” read one Facebook post. “We will be armed with a list of people to look for at each location.” Radio host Rush Limbaugh gave a nod to the group, tying the tax evaders to the liberals who wanted to oust Governor Scott Walker. Another post at the militia’s page said, “We can assure you that we will be targeting all democrats, not just the black ones. If you think we meant blacks only it is because you are a racist who thinks the only people with warrants are black. We know better because we have a nice list of people who are wanted democrat activist types. Most are actually white. We will target everyone.”

The Facebook page for the militia has been taken down; however, the threats written by the group were well documented online by other sources.

Today’s post is part two of a six-part series on voting, found in Chapter 30 of my book, In Search of the Next POTUS: One Woman’s Quest to Fix Washington, a True Story. Follow this blog to receive the next four segments of this article.

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New Orleans Marks 10 Years Since Hurricane Katrina

By Kathy Finn and Edward McAllister

NEW ORLEANS, Aug 29 (Reuters) – New Orleans, a town renowned for staging big celebrations, faces a tricky challenge on Saturday, 10 years to the day from when Hurricane Katrina slammed into southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding that would leave 80 percent of the city under water.

The city wants to recognize the progress it has made in recovering from the most costly storm in U.S. history. Thousands of people are expected to turn out as the city’s trademark “second line” parades snake through the streets and New Orleans puts its famous musical traditions on display.

But Saturday is also a time to remember more than 1,500 New Orleanians who were killed by Katrina and its aftermath, and the 130,000 residents who were displaced.

“A celebration would not be the right gesture for those who will never be made whole,” said Kristian Sonnier, an official at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This is more taking stock and recognizing what we have accomplished and that we have a lot more work to do,” he said.

Saturday will cap a week of self-examination that has included panel discussions by urban planners, elected officials, recovery experts, architects and neighborhood leaders.

The day begins early with a wreath-laying ceremony in one of the city’s historic above-ground cemeteries, the site of the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. The remains of 83 “forgotten” victims have rested there since 2008, their bodies never claimed by relatives. Mayor Mitch Landrieu will pay tribute to them during a brief service.

Other places that were hard-hit will host memorials as well. At Shell Beach, in lower St. Bernard Parish just east of New Orleans, public officials and residents will gather along a waterway that burst through a levee in 2005 and killed 127 people. The ceremony will feature a reading of the names of victims, now etched into a monument there.

Tributes are slated in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward, where surging waters broke a floodwall on the city’s Industrial Canal and devastated the entire neighborhood. Similarly, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City and a host of other areas are looking back on 2005 with mixed emotions.

“There aren’t enough words to describe the loss, especially for the people of the Lower Ninth Ward, because the breach that drowned their neighborhood was the worst in the city,” said civic activist Sandy Rosenthal on Friday, just after she had walked in a second-line parade through the ward.

At the same time, she says, the progress the city has made in 10 years is undeniable.

A march and hand-holding ceremony is scheduled at the city’s Superdome, which housed thousands of displaced people after the storm and became an emblem of the chaos and hardship that engulfed New Orleans after the flooding.

“It’s a great feeling to see that so many people have come back to the city and are doing well, but depression sets in when you think of those who died or those who want to come back but haven’t been able to return,” said Barbara Blackwell, whose home in the Gentilly neighborhood was a casualty of the flood.

“I know that for many people, this anniversary unearths old wounds, but it’s also a healing process,” Blackwell said. “The pain never goes away, but it helps to know that loved ones who were lost are being remembered.”

While some residents find it hard to look back, many are heartened to see that national figures continue to show concern and admiration for New Orleans.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the city’s recovery in a visit to the Lower Ninth Ward on Thursday. “I am inspired by you,” he told his audience at a local community center.

Former President George W. Bush, who critics say was slow to respond to the unfolding crisis a decade ago, visited the city on Friday. Former President Bill Clinton will address a gathering at a downtown arena on Saturday that will also feature a lineup of well-known local musicians.

(Editing by Frank McGurty and Lisa Shumaker) 

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Astoria High School Receive Tribute & Medicine Help By Charles Myrick of ACRX

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Our Panic-Stricken Country

Today I witnessed a truly humbling event.

A young man — about 30, I’ll call him Brad — was experiencing a panic attack. His condition greatly resembled that of a stroke, as he was unable to move his extremities, his face was nearly paralyzed, and he could barely speak or breathe.

His friend, I’ll call him Alex, another 30-something-year-old guy, brought Brad to the ER. It took a few medics to get Brad into a wheelchair and inside due to his inability to move most of his body.

As I watched the events unfold, I was touched by Alex’s gestures. After registering Brad, Alex found a box of Kleenex and pulled out a handful of them to wipe Brad’s tears since he was unable raise his arms due to his condition.

Within a short period of time, Brad had four other friends by his side. By then he was laying on a gurney in the hallway of the ER. The docs had also given him a shot of something, which calmed him down. His friends were rubbing his shoulders and head, talking to him all the while. Eventually, Brad regained the ability to move his arms and to talk normally again. I overheard him calling home and how he told his parents not to worry, promising them that he was okay.

It was incredible to watch these friends, both of whom were seemingly healthy young men, as they went through this trauma. I left the ER that evening thinking about how much stress impacts our bodies. That a panic attack essentially left Brad unable to move most of his body, in pain, and barely able to breathe or talk.

Even more so, it made me think about stress on another level. The level where it involves all the hatred spewed in Facebook’s public forums — the horrible comments and names that people call one another (mostly aimed toward people that they don’t even know). Is all the passing on of hatred and carrying, and then expressing, all of that anger worth the stress and the impact on the physical body?

As we go into this year of election turmoil, let’s take a deep breath — and a chill pill or an extra glass of wine — so the ERs aren’t filled to the brim with panic stricken peeps… and, no, that’s not an open invitation to bash Obamacare. The kind of compassion and empathy that Alex showed his friend are what this country really needs — more than anything — right now.

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ICYMI: New Orleans’ Coroner And The Pros And Cons Of Egg Freezing

ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week.

This week, on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, we listened to a radio interview with the city’s coroner, a position that requires making tough judgement calls about classifying police-involved shooting deaths, as well as consoling families of the deceased. 

We also thought hard after reading an essay about the ethics of watching murder caught on film, following the tragic slaying of two Virginia journalists on live TV this week.

And, on a lighter note, we examined the benefits of a good cry, with science confirming what we already suspected: people’s moods do improve after a sob session.

Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, listen to, watch and love this week?


1. Here’s Scientific Evidence That Crying Can Be Therapeutic – The Huffington Post

A good cry can lift your spirits, but those positive vibes might take about 90 minutes to kick in.


Film criers felt even better than they did before the film at the 90-minute mark, while participants who didn’t cry reported no significant changes to their mood, for better or worse, throughout the entire experiment.


2. The End Of Walking — Aeon

The United States has become increasingly more hostile to pedestrians over the last 80 years.


Anecdotally, one hears stories of communities where proposed infrastructure that promotes walking brings out grumbles that only the poor, the great unwashed, the criminal and the under-classes have any use for sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly roads.


3. Why It Matters That Fewer Black Men Are Applying To Medical School – The Huffington Post

Even as medical schools become increasingly more diverse, the number of black male doctors is shrinking.


You’re going to face a number of people who just don’t believe in you, for a number of reasons. It may be because of your skin color. It may be because of the community that you’re from or the school that you came from or your economic background. 


4. Is It Worth Your Time And Money To Freeze Your Eggs? – Broadly

Egg freezing is expensive, invasive and doesn’t always work. Experts discuss the dangers and merits of using science to delay fertility. 


Many continue to argue that offering this procedure only exasperates the inequality that women already experience, putting even more of the burden of fertility back on women’s shoulders.


6. Single And Loving It, For Some – Pacific Standard

People who maintain social relationships by avoiding conflict are happiest being single.  


Being single, however, may give people high in avoidance goals some relief if they are free from the anxiety and pressures posed by the risk of rejection and negative relationship experiences they try to avoid.


7. In New Orleans: How To Get Elected Coroner – Death, Sex & Money

When Hurricane Katrina hit Dr. Jeffrey Rouse’s hometown of New Orleans, he decided to run for office — as the city’s coroner. 


I can distinctly remember being glued to the television and seeing a police officer that I knew — on camera — crying. That was not this guy’s temperament. So, to me, that was a very strong indicator that my time of studying trauma from a research perspective, needed to be put on the side. 


8. Is It Ethical to Watch Murder Caught on Tape? – Pacific Standard

The case for, and against, viewing the videos of the two journalists who were murdered on air in Virginia. 


The fascination with viewing someone who is [dead] … is driven by that sort of supreme fear of ours which makes us want to know more and to understand the experience and feel like we have some kind of window in.


9. Does Being Neurotic Really Make You More Creative? – The Huffington Post

Overthinkers solve problems more creatively, but they are also more anxious.


Highly neurotic people will suffer a lot of anxiety and depression over their lifespan, but their deep-thinking, brooding tendencies can also give rise to greater creative potential.

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After Katrina, Here’s How New Orleans Improved Education, Low-Income Housing, Health Care

A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, claiming 1,800 lives and causing unspeakable destruction. But, parenthetically, experts say, the storm gave the reeling city no choice but to hit the restart button on some of its broken systems that were long overdue for repair, including education, low-income housing and health care. Here’s how the city addressed some of those challenges — both succeeding and failing along the way.

 

Education

Da’ja’s Story: From Struggling Reader to Valedictorian.

When Da’ja Simmons started seventh grade at her new charter school in New Orleans, she was nowhere near her grade’s literacy level. In addition to lagging behind academically when she started at Cohen College Prep, Simmons also lived in a homeless shelter for a year in eighth grade, after her father lost his job, making concentrating on her school work even more challenging.

“I was weak in math and reading,” Simmons, now 18, told The Huffington Post. “I would mix up simple words.”

Fast forward to last year, when Simmons was named valedictorian, accepted to 10 colleges and won $ 264,000 in merit scholarships.

Before the Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was the second-lowest-ranked district in the second-lowest-ranked state in the country. In 2005, 62 percent of students were failing, according to district records.

Simmons’ story represents that of many students who might not have succeeded to the same degree without the post-Katrina education system changes, experts point out. 

For Simmons, that meant attending a charter school, where she said her teachers pushed her even more once they found out about her compromising situation. They guided her to the point that she was able to add Advanced Placement courses and Chinese to her packed schedule. 

Back in 2005, there was some talk about introducing more charter schools, the kind Simmons benefited from, to help revive the education system. But supporters didn’t expect to see any swift changes.

“There would’ve been incremental government change,” Patrick Dobard, superintendent of the Recovery School District, told HuffPost. “We never would’ve made the long systemic changes we see now.”

Compounding the issue was the fact that critics were reluctant to accept what they viewed as a “top-down” costly system. They didn’t like that it would require mass firings and wouldn’t necessarily take minority students’ needs into consideration. 

But when Hurricane Katrina hit, — taking down 106 schools and sparking a fierce debate about poverty and race with it — advocates seized the chance to start over and build a stronger system.

It was a horrible catastrophe, but as we try to look for silver linings, if there’s any glimmer of hope, we were able to wholesale, put changes into place that have systemically improved the quality of schools.”
Patrick Dobard, superintendent for the Recovery School District in New Orleans

Faced with rebuilding an entire system from scratch, the Louisiana Legislature handed over the majority of Orleans Parish public schools to the Recovery School District. The entity was created to transform failing institutions into high-performing charter schools.

“It was a horrible catastrophe, but as we try to look for silver linings, if there’s any glimmer of hope, we were able to wholesale, put changes into place that have systemically improved the quality of schools,” Dobard said.

Today, 92 percent of students are enrolled in charter schools. And supporters of the model are quick to tout its successes. 

In 2004, 54 percent of high schoolers graduated from high school. A decade later, that figure jumped to 73 percent.

Grades in the city are up, too.

Last year, just 6 percent of students were failing, according to statistics released by New Orleans Public Schools.

But Some Say the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story.

From the perspective of many, the changes in education haven’t been strictly a success story.

Administrators have been criticized for being quick to resort to suspending and expelling students who misbehave, which has helped boost figures and has also disproportionately affected minorities.

Louisiana schools are twice as likely to suspend black students as they are white students, according to a 2010 study conducted by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Family and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children. 

“The unfortunate reality of ‘three strikes you’re out’ and other unnecessarily harsh policies [is that they] have escalated the pushing of young people out of school and down a pipeline to dropout, unemployment and prison,” Julian Heilig, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Sacramento, told HuffPost.

The other concerning issues, advocates say, is that too few minority teachers were hired in the aftermath and that systemic issues that pertain specifically to underserved students weren’t addressed. 

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had a higher proportion of black teachers than most urban U.S. school districts.

During the 2003-2004 school year, 71 percent of New Orleans public school teachers were black, according to the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. 

By 2014, that figure dropped to 49 percent. 

Heilig, and others agree, that black leaders were “sidelined” in the process. They say that more money should’ve been invested in early childhood education and increasing parental engagement, as well as access to health, social and other services at-risk students need to stay on track.

But Dobard continues to stand by the charter school model New Orleans has pioneered — noting that the district plans to address issues related to expulsion and is gearing up to roll out a robust program for students with special needs.

He also noted that schools still have to meet a rigorous set of standards in order to stay in business. 

When a school is up for renewal, it goes through an extensive review process and if it’s not meeting expectations, the RSD has the power to shut it down or transfer its leadership, Dobard said. 

Dobard says that the schools that do thrive, do so mainly because of the “direct control” each entity is granted. 

For example, if a school feels the need to stay in session longer than the prescribed 180 days in order to get students caught up, it has the ability to do so. They also have more control over budgets, transportation and meal plans than standard public schools do. 

Some students, like Simmons, say that giving teachers more autonomy over how they instruct is what enables them to succeed. 

“The teachers actually taught us instead of just giving us work, and helped us with anything we needed,” Simmons said. “They actually challenged me instead of just giving me the answers. They actually pushed to think.”

Low-Income Housing

New Orleans Rolls Up Its Sleeves To Help Build Homes

Before Hurricane Katrina hit, elite local institutions — like the Tulane School of Architecture, — were considered removed entities that were completely out of touch with struggling residents’ needs. 

In fact, one local recently told NPR that he saw the Tulane school as home to snooty “trust fund babies.”

But after the storm displaced more than 1 million people in the Gulf Coast region and destroyed 134,000 housing units in New Orleans alone, Tulane and other prominent entities felt the need to take pause and reassess their role in the community.

“I sort of stopped writing papers and started taking bold steps with students to build things,” Scott Bernhard, a professor who spearheaded the school’s post-Katrina projects, told NPR. 

So, in 2005, the school established URBANbuild in order to apply its rich resources to helping to rebuild decimated neighborhoods. 

At the city’s peak in 2007, more than 11,000 people were homeless, according to a new report released by UNITY, a coalition that provides housing and services to homeless people and at-risk individuals in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

 

Tulane’s program is an example of just one innovative program that has helped to aggressively tackle New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.

URBANbuild collaborates with a number of local groups, including Brad Pitt’s Make It Right nonprofit, to build homes for people in need in the area. Since then, it has built six houses for struggling families. 

Altogether, the school has helped develop more than 80 local projects that use design to improve the community.

Over the past eight years, homelessness figures have dropped by 85 percent.

On a single night in January, there were 1,703 people without homes, still much higher than such comparably sized cities as Chicago and Baltimore, but a notable decline. 

To be sure, the rate of homelessness, which compares its unsheltered population to the general population, is 14 percent higher than it was in 2005. But, part of that is due to the fact that the city’s general population is significantly lower than it was before Katrina.

New Orleans was able to reduce its post-Katrina homeless population to this point with its Permanent Supportive Housing program, according to UNITY. People who qualify are granted permanent rent subsidies, primarily in privately owned apartments. Residents are then connected with case managers who oversee their medical needs, and other issues, to ensure that they can remain living independently. 

City Is One Of First To End Chronic Vet Homelessness.

What’s perhaps most noteworthy, though, is how in the years since the storm, New Orleans has catapulted to the forefront of the fight to end veteran homelessness — an accomplishment that has elicited praise from first lady Michelle Obama.

In January, it became the first major city to end chronic veteran homelessness. 

By employing the housing first method, an approach that champions providing homes to homeless people and then addressing their health and employment issues, New Orleans has accomplished what other similar-sized cities haven’t yet been able to do.

Last July, Mayor Mitch Landrieu committed to joining the first lady’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and within six months, surpassed its original goal by housing 227 homeless veterans. It succeeded in doing so by bringing together agencies that hadn’t previously worked together. Now that it’s combined such existing resources, the city is able to house a homeless veteran within 30 days.

“You all have proven that even in a city as big as New Orleans, veteran homelessness is not a reality we have to accept,” Obama said, according to The Times-Picayune. “It’s not an impossible problem that is too big to be solved. We want cities across this country to follow your lead.”

Still, the city continues to be plagued by crushing poverty rates and a dearth in affordable housing, which has hampered its homelessness efforts.

Before the hurricane, more than half of all apartments in New Orleans rented for less than $ 500 a month, according to UNITY. Now, the fair-market rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $ 767, well above what low-wage workers can afford.

Often, though, it’s been finding the resources to rebuild deteriorating structures that’s posed the biggest challenge.

Even before Katrina, the city had a sizable number of blighted properties it didn’t have the resources to fix. The hurricane only exacerbated that situation. By 2010, there were over 43,000 dilapidated properties and empty lots — more than a quarter of New Orleans’ total housing stock, according to a report released by the city. 

Many owners who didn’t have the funds to repair their devastated homes, simply abandoned them.

Making such properties available for habitation has been critical considering how much housing prices have spiked since Katrina. 

In 2010, Landrieu committed to addressing the issue, and in a matter of three years, reduced the number of blighted properties by 10,000. The mayor succeeded in doing so by collaborating with private and public partners, and commissioning help from the public, too.

Among its multi-thronged approach, the city reopened negotiations with FEMA to demolish 919 units, prioritized city funding for the rehabilitation of dilapidated properties and fixed up 520 homes belonging to low-income owners who didn’t have the funds to do so.

Health Care

Low-Income Patients Get More Timely, Quality Care.

Even before Katrina, New Orleans’ public healthcare system was flailing.

Neighborhood primary care facilities, where low-income patients could develop relationships with their doctors, essentially didn’t exist. As a result, patients turned to the historic Charity Hospital, which accepted all patients no matter what they could afford. But as the region’s only level 1 trauma center, it simply didn’t have the infrastructure to support clients’ needs.

Patients would wait, on average, in excess of six months just to book a basic primary care visit, Dr. Peter DeBlieux, interim Chief Medical Officer at University Medical Center New Orleans, told HuffPost.

The hospital also didn’t meet federal standards at the time, but it was allowed to remain open because it was the only safety net facility in the area, DeBlieux added.

But after the hurricane, when Charity Hospital was forced to close its doors because the cost to repair the institution was too great, the medical community was compelled to reevaluate how it could rebuild a more resilient system that better served its entire patient population.

A New Medical Center Opens Its Doors

On Aug. 1, with $ 1.1 billion in federal, state and private rebuilding money, the city opened the doors to the 2.3-million-sqaure-foot University Medical Center New Orleans, which replaced the destroyed Charity Hospital.

Over the past 10 years, a number of community partners came together to open more than 70 neighborhood health clinics that give patients long-overdue access to primary care and disease prevention, Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health Center, wrote in a blog for HuffPost. Many of those clinics have direct links or affiliations with UMC, which allows patients to book appointments within one to two days, according to DeBlieux.

While Louisiana’s largest teaching and training hospital boasts state-of-the art equipment and striking designs, DeBlieux, who worked at Charity Hospital for more than 20 years, says the mission to serve as a safety net hospital hasn’t changed one iota. 

“At no point in time has our mission changed,” DeBlieux said. “No one has shied away from that mission. No one has shirked it.”

The 446-bed hospital is open to anyone who needs care, just as it was before, it now just also has a more sustainable business model.

After its horrific experience during Katrina, the medical community vowed to build a facility that could withstand the next once-in-50-years storm, and it has.

All of the hospital’s critical functions are located 21 feet above base level flood elevation. With its storm-resistant technology, UMC can withstand a hurricane with a force of 200 miles per hour. And, it could continue its operations for up to a week without any external support or supplies. 

It has also developed a new and leaner business model.

Before, Charity Hospital relied solely on state and federal dollars and was serially underfunded, DeBlieux noted.

Today’s private-public model will allow UMC to still serve indigent populations, while also making itself a competitive option for Medicaid, Medicare and commercially insured patients in order to “attract all payers.”


At this hospital, we welcome all patients.”

 

Every room in the hospital is private, with ample space for family members to stay over. The only exception is in the behavioral health section where sharing a room was deemed “therapeutic.” The hospital has also set a goal of developing programs that will enable patients to seek out specialty care locally at UMC, so they don’t have to travel out of state, or out of the region.

It’s also going to be a major economic driver in the community. Construction alone created thousands of jobs and the hospital currently employs more than 2,100 people. It’s expected to create hundreds more full-time positions in the next few years, according to UMC. 

At its core, DeBlieux says, UMC aims to be a more inviting facility, and has kept intact its purpose of providing healing to every patient who walks through its doors. 

“In 1940, [when it opened], Charity Hospital was considered the preeminent hospital in the world. People who sought care there, thought, ‘Well, I have a seat at the table,’” DeBlieux said. “That history has not changed. At this hospital, we welcome all patients.”

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Want To Reduce Illegal Immigration? End The Drug War.

Several GOP presidential hopefuls have over the last few weeks offered wildly extreme and generally unrealistic proposals for deterring illegal immigration — largely spurred by Donald Trump’s grandiose plan to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, then let a few of the “good ones” back in, all while building a giant, possibly self-branded border wall. Other ideas Republican primary candidates have pondered lately include eliminating birthright citizenship, which is guaranteed by the 14th amendment to the Constitution, because some argue that it acts as a magnet for undocumented immigrants.

While these ideas might energize the GOP’s conservative base, they wouldn’t do much to deter illegal immigration, for one simple reason: All of these propositions rest on the false assumption that most undocumented immigrants are crossing into the U.S. primarily to look for a better life and a higher-paying job. 

Anyone who speaks to undocumented immigrants regularly knows that they invariably view the dangerous and expensive trip into the U.S. as a last resort, usually because something went horribly wrong at home — not because of dreams of having a child who is a U.S. citizen. 

Most of those who have crossed the southern border illegally over the last few years are not looking for work — they’re fleeing violence in their home countries of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. All four of these countries have experienced a sharp rise in drug-related violence, which is frequently deadly, over the last decade. In Mexico, for example, former President Felipe Calderón’s frontal assault on the country’s cartels, continued by his successor Enrique Peña Nieto, has cost more than 100,000 lives, according to some estimates.

For the last five years, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have topped the list of countries from which the U.S. receives the most asylum applications, and in the last year alone the number totaled nearly 120,000.

When 68,000 unaccompanied minors, and a similar number of mothers traveling with children, crossed into the U.S. from Central America illegally, they generally didn’t disappear into the shadows, as the talking point goes. Most of them turned themselves in to border officials and asked for asylum or some other form of humanitarian relief. Those who manage to get access to a lawyer, which isn’t easy when you have no money and aren’t entitled to a public defender, usually win and are allowed to stay.

The violence and intimidation that comes with the ongoing drug war drove the vast majority of these people from their homes. Some of the violence is spurred by warring cartels fighting to control the routes into the lucrative U.S. drug market. Other times, it’s brutal street gangs that intimidate business owners and residents by forcing them to pay protection fees, and scare children into their ranks under the threat of death. Even government forces attack their own civilians, often with total impunity. The U.S. government has spent more than $ 2.3 billion fighting the drug war in Mexico over the last seven years, but rarely criticizes abuses committed by the security forces it finances. 

The ongoing violence could be greatly reduced tomorrow if the government halted its efforts to suppress the drug trade and stopped treating its own drug-using citizens like criminals. For conservatives, this plan has the added bonus of shrinking the size of government rather than ballooning it by billions of dollars — as both Trump and slightly more moderate candidates in the Republican primary, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) propose to do.

The drug war policy, which costs so many lives, has become increasingly absurd given the legalization of marijuana in many states. Consider for a moment that weed accounted for nearly 90 percent of the drugs seized on the U.S.-Mexico border from 2005 to 2011, according to an analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Almost every time a Border Patrol official makes a drug bust, it’s to confiscate a drug that can be bought and sold legally today in Colorado and Washington. Oregon, the District of Columbia and Alaska have also passed legislation to allow the recreational use of weed. If the U.S. were to legalize marijuana across the entire country, Mexico’s cartels would lose a significant chunk of their profits.

Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana should be a no-brainer for policymakers who are seriously concerned about national security and the integrity of our own criminal justice system. Public health concerns, however, make crafting policies that would eliminate the black market for other more harmful drugs less straightforward.

Broad consensus exists, however, among leading Latin American voices of the left, right and center, that the focus should shift away from criminalizing users. They’re urging governments “not to shy away from the transformative potential of regulation,” in the words of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a group led by several former Latin American heads of state. 

As long as the violence continues in Mexico and Central America, people will continue to flee to the United States. Bigger border walls won’t do much to keep them from searching for safety. Ending the drug war will. 

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The Emotional Toll of a Cutthroat Work Environment

A recent article in the New York Times revealed the bruising workplace environment at Amazon. The gist? Amazon employees are encouraged to poke holes in one another’s ideas, give secret feedback about coworkers and work incredibly late hours (emails after midnight, anyone?). The takeaway was that Amazon pushes its employees beyond their limits.

But Amazon is not alone in this approach. As a New York City psychotherapist and former attorney, I understand when my patients complain of grueling hours, cutthroat competition, and the sacrifice of personal and family time. Today’s competitive corporate culture forces many people to confront a real-life conflict between personal and professional goals, productivity versus pleasure. Whether you work at Amazon or elsewhere, a demanding workplace environment can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional health if you are unprepared for the risks and tradeoffs. While professional success is a most worthy achievement, it should not come at the cost of your physical or emotional health.

Work-life balance is familiar term, but what exactly does it mean? It means being conscious of the choices and tradeoffs you are willing to make to get ahead. It means knowing what is important to you and what you are willing to sacrifice for added money or prestige. It means acknowledging your particular strengths and weaknesses and not trying to fit into a workplace culture that doesn’t suit your disposition. It means balancing what you have to do to earn incremental income with the personal cost. It also means making work bearable, and acknowledging when workplace stress is negatively impacting your life.

Maintaining a work-life balance takes intention and planning, but it is possible for every one of us when we set it as a priority. Even the most hard-driving people make decisions about where they draw the line. Here are a few things to think about when you are faced with work-life conflicts:

Don’t let inertia set in. If you feel stressed in a way that is affecting your mood, keeping you up at night, or causing conflict in your marriage or with other family members, then it is time to do something about it. Focus first on your relationships at work- with a boss, colleague or even an assistant — to better understand if there is underlying tension. Strained work relationships can undermine self-esteem and impede productivity, but they also increase tension at home, causing conflicts with a spouse or children. If you notice work relationships are a frequent source of conflict it’s time to address them before the problem gets worse.

Re-set priorities at different stages of life. Tradeoffs change at different stages of life, so at each major life event — marriage, children, elderly parents, illness, death of a loved one, or any traumatic event — take a pause. Ask yourself if more money or added prestige is worth missing important life events, like a Little League game or time with an aging parent? Think in terms of short- and long-range goals and responsibilities. What do you want or need to achieve today? Where do you want to be 5 years from now? Think of each decision as a tradeoff between present and future goals and personal and professional commitments.

Talk to someone. It’s vital to remember that the simple act of talking to someone can bring relief and improvement in your lifestyle and mental health. People often seek counsel because they experience symptoms of distress, but are unsure of the cause. Marital problems may be caused by work conflict and vice versa. By talking it through will you gain insight into the source of the conflict. Find someone you trust — a mentor, a counselor, friend or family member. Seek support if you feel that something is off.

Be realistic about how you manage stress. Not everyone is the same when it comes to their ability to tolerate stressful events and a demanding work environment. Some people thrive on the competition and pressure, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t feel the pressure to conform to someone else’s way of working unless you are prepared. As Socrates said: “Know thyself.”

Examine what success really means to you. Does success mean a large bank account, the acquisition of skill or expertise or being of service to others? Make sure you define success for yourself. You don’t want to look back on the sacrifices you made and ask: “Is that all there is?” Make sure that your definition of success is your own.

The bottom line? A cutthroat and bruising workplace environment is not for everyone. Know yourself. Don’t feel pressure to conform. Define what success means to you. Take a step back and evaluate your priorities. Don’t be afraid to draw a line in the sand. And whatever you do, don’t be too hard on yourself.

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Wear the Pants Out of Life

Sit Down and Stay a While

What drives you? What makes you tick? What inspires you? Engages you? Is worth fighting for? Many days I leave work pondering these questions: What makes you do what you do, and why do you keep fighting for it? You see, life could have been much easier if I stayed in my old career. I could have achieved lots of success. I might have made lots of money. Maybe my work emergencies would have been concert tickets and television contracts and where to get cocktails after work. But that world didn’t drive me. It didn’t inspire me. It didn’t engage me or incite me or invite me to sit down and stay a while. And so when I leave work after those very long days — you all know them; the fourteen-hour, forgot to eat, didn’t pee, never left your patient’s room kind of days — I often find that what drives me is sitting quietly in the corner of the room, hesitant to touch anyone or anything. What inspires me is the terrified family member who is putting on a brave face, unable to break down and cry for the off chance that maybe their critically ill loved one can sense the tears streaming down their face. What pushes me is the sheer reality that, on any given day, I could help save another human being from the end that seems so imminent. What encourages me is that, when all hope is lost and all actions are futile, a dignified death can still be an attainable one.

There are so many days when I live my life floating through the day; existing; going through the motions; completely unaware of just how incredible the gift of human interaction can be, and how much we have to offer one another. I feel guilty when I catch myself in these moments — the times when I breathe but forget to smell the roses; when my heart beats but my passion is not in the moment; when my brain is just a brain and not an incredible and powerful mind — because it proves to me that even witnessing the pendulum between here and the afterlife every day can become routine. And so now I sit — with my coffee and my keyboard, staring out the window at a sun shining brightly in the sky, contemplating all of the wonder and possibility that life can offer those who open themselves up to it, and understanding that what I do every day allows me relish in this moment.

We are all so involved in our own hustle and bustle, the rat race, the nose to the grindstone side of life that we are often reticent to express how we actually feel for the sake of what we are literally doing. I don’t want to know what you did at work today — tell me how it felt to be there. I don’t care what you bought at the mall — show me how excited you are to have some “me time.” The fact of the matter is this: We all have motives; intentions; inspirations; dreams and goals and aspirations. But most of us fail to realize them. The demands of responsibility cloud us and we forget to ask ourselves one simple question: What… makes… me… tick? Who makes me give a damn? Why does any of this matter? Who do I love? What makes me happy? How can I experience all that life can give me, and who can I share it with?

The Road Less Traveled

This chain of reasoning may seem illogically placed from a conversation about being a nurse in the ICU, but I’ll be damned if every single one of us hasn’t thought the same thing. To work under circumstances that are defined by stressors, even on the most pleasant of days, forces you to choose between two different directions: You are either polished by the pressure, or you will crumble under the weight of it all. I’ve been an ICU nurse for two years, and I have had moments when I’ve been split right down the middle. My heart has broken more times than I can count. I’ve gone home and cried the worst kind of tears — the silent and streaming tears; the sort of cry that allows you to speak not with words but with a glazed look and reddened cheeks; the steaming hot shower that you never want to leave kind of cry that leaves you exhausted and exalted and cleansed all at the same time. There have been moments when I’ve asked myself, deep down inside, if I believed that I had caused the death of another human being in some direct or indirect way. I have struggled with the moral and ethical dilemmas that exist when providing Western medicine to a culturally diverse population and the potential repercussions that come of it. I have been angry — like, really, really, royally and irrationally screw-this-and-that-and-them angry — at physicians and families and sometimes, even patients. I’ve left my loved ones perplexed and appalled and amazed by what I do, and sometimes, have discussed my day with no more enthusiasm than describing what I’d eaten for lunch.

But those times that polish you — the ones that shine your very soul — those are the moments that remind you why you ever chose Frost’s road less traveled in the first place. I’ve come to understand that nurses have very long memories when it comes to amazing saves or miraculous recoveries, because it makes dealing with struggle and strife much more bearable. I have come to recognize that there is no sense of humor darker and dirtier than that in the nurse’s station of an intensive care unit. I have learned that when stuff hits the fan, you will never, ever be alone. I’ve come across families who complain and nurses who bicker and patients who need their call buttons removed, but through it all, I’ve discovered that laughter and positivity can shift the entire dynamic of a bad day. I’ve held hands and had conversations with people I hardly know, simply because they needed someone to speak to. I’ve been involved in emergency pizza parties that feed the bodies and the souls of battle-worn nurses. I’ve witnessed unspeakable love and humbling gratitude offered despite less-than-ideal circumstances. I’ve helped young patients move on through critical emergencies, able to walk out of the hospital alive and well and dazed by the experience. I’ve seen elderly couples carry on like high-school sweethearts. I’ve heard gasps; I’ve seen collapses; I’ve choked back tears during moments of loss. But when those bad moments end well, I’ve seen the possibility of eternal love evoked from a feathery kiss or a soft, sweet embrace. I’ve attended more funerals than I care to speak of, and every single one of them while I’m on the clock.

But this… this is what makes us different. This is what grinds away the grit and allows us to shine brighter. To be a part of someone’s life in some meaningful way — whether they leave the hospital, or leave this world entirely — that is a humbling experience. To enter a room quietly during the final hours or minutes or seconds of another human’s existence, and to do so with respect and decency and courage — that is what drives me. To open yourself, if only by a sliver, to the desperation of perfect strangers who need you more than you could imagine — that is what encourages me. To fight your ass off for another life, and win or lose that tremendous battle, maintain that human side of yourself — that’s what makes me tick. Not every happy ending is a perfect one, and not every final goodbye is a sad one. We are all just many shades of gray — it is the living part of life that gives us color.

Ragged and Worn

I have only been a nurse for three years, but it feels like since I started, I cannot remember what life was like before this. I do my best to remind myself why I chose this path, but when I dig deep enough, I recognize that it was not I, but the universe that led me here. Whether fate or destiny or happenstance and circumstance, I am forever defined by my craft. And despite it all, here I sit – understanding that being pensive and reflective does not mean one cannot be the great and eternal optimist. I have seen some crazy things; I have had some hard days; I have run on fumes and wondered how I would ever survive through the shift. But more importantly, I’ve made amazing friends and lifelong colleagues. I’ve connected in powerful ways with perfectly ordinary people, and have experienced ordinary musings with powerful ones. I’ve learned — a lot. About medicine. About anatomy. About physiology. About how to do and what to do, and even sometimes, what not to do. About the art of intuition. Mostly, about the human condition. I’ve learned what scares us: fear of death; anxiety of the unknown; the prospect of pain in every form. I’ve learned what comforts us: love and laughter coupled with the simplest acts of human kindness. Most of all — and I’m still figuring this one out — I think I’ve learned what drives us: not money or power or greed, but simply put, it boils down to just being happy. How you define your happiness may be different from my own, but that doesn’t mean it’s not rooted in the same seed. So at the end of it all, when you think long and hard about what brings you basic joy and simple pleasure: let that guide you. Let that encourage you. Let that inspire and incite and ignite you. That moment between reason and responsibility — that fleeting blip in time when you’re distracted from reality and feel wrapped in the cloth of serenity — that’s what makes you tick. Your options are to live, or to exist. And take it from me — the richest life is torn and shorn, ragged and worn, ripping at the seams from all the living it’s had.

You can’t take it with you, so you might as well wear it out.

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It was a stroke of genius that Lebanon’s young protesters named their movement “You Stink”. In just two words, they captured both the essence of their country’s immediate crisis over uncollected garbage and its longer-term structural problems.

For months now, trash has been piling up in Lebanon’s cities while the country’s politicos were dickering over awarding contracts for collection and disposal. It’s summer and the smell of rotting waste is everywhere present. But as the protesters correctly note, this mess is only a sign of the deeper rot that is Lebanon’s corrupt and now paralyzed sectarian political system.

Parliament doesn’t meet, can’t muster the votes needed to elect a new president (and so the post has been vacant for almost two years), hasn’t passed a budget in a decade, and has twice extended its mandate because it can’t agree on how to run the next election.

One might say that Lebanon is the American Conservatives dream, the embodiment of their mantra–“the government that governs least, governs best”–that is, until you smell the garbage.

In the absence of effective state institutions, power and privilege reside in the country’s clans and sects and the feudal chiefs who run them. In a perverse way, this weak state and the agreed upon distribution of power and patronage served, for a time, as a source of Lebanon’s resilience. It provided members of each sect a degree of access and patronage, and absorbed their discontent. This system became ossified, but remained “the only game in town”. Interference from Israelis, Syrians, and Palestinians, at different times in Lebanon’s history, created unbearable pressures that severely tested this fragile order by distorting the country’s demographics, communal relations, balance of power, and its ability to provide basic services for its citizens.

This is such a moment. The bloody war next door has inflamed passions, directly involved some Lebanese (most notably Hizbollah), and brought one and one-half million Syrian refugees into Lebanon, placing severe stress on the country’s resources and decaying political system.

Observers have been surprised that, even with these pressures, Lebanon remained remarkably calm. Until now. “You Stink” is the first eruption of mass discontent.

Lebanon’s problem are so deep, however, that they will not be solved by mass protests. The sectarian system is too entrenched and despite Lebanon’s vibrant political culture and relative freedoms, there is a marked absence of non-sectarian national political institutions that can be vehicles for needed change.

Having said that, there is something to build on. In analyzing polls we have conducted in Lebanon over the past decade and a half, I have noted a remarkable convergence of views across sect lines that could form the basis for a broad-based movement for fundamental change. There are, to be sure, issues that divide Lebanese. But Lebanon is the only Arab country where all demographic groups state that their principle identity is their country, not “being Arab” or religious affiliation. And across sect lines, all Lebanese identify the same political priorities: expanding employment opportunities, ending corruption and nepotism, political reform, and improving the country’s education and health care systems. Most notably, when asked if they support elections based on the current sectarian distribution or a “one man/one vote” model, majorities of Lebanese, from every group, say they favor the later approach.

Make no mistake about it, the existing structures will ultimately find a way to pick up their garbage, but they won’t give willingly up their privilege. What Lebanon needs is a political movement that can embrace a non-sectarian national reform agenda; that can mobilize Lebanese on the issues that unite them; a movement that can field candidates, run in the next parliamentary elections, and begin the process of bringing a new generation of leaders to the table.

This is not the time to get dewy eyed, as some writers have done, and celebrate the Arab Spring’s “second wind”. Lebanon is not Egypt (which didn’t turn out so well), nor is it Tunisia. The country does not need nor will it benefit from upheaval. It is too fragile and lacks national institutions that can absorb the shock of a radical overthrowing of the government, such as it is. What Lebanon needs is steady political evolution that can only come from a disciplined national movement with a strategic vision. It will not be easy, nor will change come quickly. But there is really no alternative.

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More and more, concern trolls are hijacking the discussion about transgender people in society. A concern troll is a person who participates in a debate posing as an actual or potential ally who simply has some concerns they need answered before they will ally themselves with a cause. In reality they are a critic, or flat out someone who wishes harm upon the transgender community. The ultimate goal of concern troll is usually to keep transgender people marginalized, mistreated and without legal protections.

The best that can be said of these concern trolls is that they have a very limited playbook. Never fear, though! As a community service, here are the key phrases and ideas that will help you spot them immediately.

1. Concern Troll says, “Transgender people often regret…”

Any time the subject of regret comes up in the media, it’s usually in the context of denying transgender people affirming care, or preventing them from transitioning. Because concern troll is very worried about the well being of transgender people, and doesn’t want them to rush into anything. Really.

The reality is that the existing guidelines for the treatment of transgender people are designed to prevent people from rushing into transition already, and follow a conservative timeline in order to prevent misdiagnoses. As a result virtually every modern study puts regret below 2 percent. In some other recent longitudinal studies, none of the subjects expressed regret over medically transitioning. When people cited in anecdotes do have regrets, it is mostly because of lack of acceptance, or poor surgical outcomes.

In short, concern troll is more worried about the 1 percent of transgender people who MIGHT not benefit from transition, at the expense of the 99 percent who will.

2. Concern Troll says, “What if society completely accepted gender variance? Then we wouldn’t have to…”

This line of thinking usually finishes with “give transgender people medical care,” or “need laws protecting transgender people.” The entire concept is asinine at many levels.

First, the idea of culturally abolishing the concept of gender is about as likely as humanity abolishing the concept of money.

Next, the idea that we should aim for a perfect society rather than have a system of laws that takes into account how humans have historically harmed each other isn’t aiming for utopia. It is snake oil sold by rich, heterosexual white male Christian libertarians who like the fact that being a rich, heterosexual white male Christian is a position of unrivaled privilege.

Beyond that, concern troll ignores the reality of being transgender. They deliberately conflate gender identity, gender expression and ignore the nature of dysphoria in order to sow doubt with readers. They push the notion that if transgender people (well, transgender women, concern troll ignores transgender men) could just put on 50’s vintage house dress and flounce around without fear of harassment (and that’s a huge assumption to begin with), then we wouldn’t have to give those people any medical care.

This completely ignores the reality that transgender people have to look at ourselves in a mirror. Increasing societal acceptance of gender non-conformance does NOTHING to alleviate dysphoria. Minority stress (social pressure and isolation) and dysphoria are two entirely separate concepts.

Why does concern troll say these things? Because it’s good to be the king.

3. Concern Troll says, “80 percent of children with cross gender identification desist…”

This comes from a Danish study. However, the actual study doesn’t support this conclusion. First, it didn’t discriminate between gender non-conforming children and those with insistent, consistent and persistent cross gender identification. Basically, the boys who liked playing with “My Little Pony” and sparkly dresses got lumped in with the ones who announce at 18 months they’re a girl, and keep it up for years.

The Danish study also lost track of a lot of the kids enrolled in it, and counted all the children they could not account for as “desisters.” The American Psychological Association states that, “this research runs a strong risk of inflating estimates of the number of youth who do not persist with a TGNC identity.”

The biggest proponent of the 80 percent narrative, Dr. Kenneth Zucker, pushed the idea that coercive behavior modification therapy could be used on children to change their sexual orientation for decades. Now that changing sexual orientation is passé, he’s selling the same snake oil as a “cure” for transgender children. As a result of concerns over whether his “treatments” are ethical, Dr. Zucker’s own clinic has forbidden him from taking on new patients.

More recent research has shown that transgender children, and not ones who are simply gender non-conforming, have a gender identity that is as consistent as that of cisgender children. Children who identify more intensely with a gender different than sex assigned at birth are more likely to persist in this gender identification into adolescence and that when gender dysphoria persists through childhood and intensifies into adolescence, the likelihood of long‐term TGNC identification increases.

There is also a growing body of evidence that practices like Zucker’s are actively harmful (Hill et al., 2010; Pyne, 2014; Travers et al., 2012; Wallace & Russell, 2013), and that supporting transgender children leads to better mental health outcomes. As a result, there are fewer and fewer professionals who promote rejection of a child and their interests.

When it comes to adolescents, even proponents of the 80 percent figure (like Zucker) admit that if an adolescent has across gender identification, it is very unlikely to ever change.

So why does concern troll keep bringing up the 80 percent figure? Because concern troll wants transgender people back in deep dark safe closet.

4. Concern Troll says, “Dr. Paul McHugh of Johns Hopkins…”

Let’s establish who and what Dr. McHugh is. Dr. Paul McHugh is an ultra-Conservative Catholic who blames gays for the church’s sexual abuse scandal, believes sexual orientation is a choice and would rather let an 11-year-old girl raped by a relative die rather than have an abortion. He was part of the campaign that led to the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller in 2009.

When he was put in charge of the gender clinic Johns Hopkins in the 1975, by his own admission he intended from beginning to close it. The “study” he did was designed from the start to facilitate his goal. The study itself was pure nonsense, full of non-reproducible results, punishing patients for having jobs that were “too masculine,” or having been married to a woman at some point in their lives. McHugh has made it clear he finds cultural acceptance of transgender people unacceptable.

As a result, no reputable researcher will cite his “study,” and was not considered credible by any professional medical or mental health organization when developing guidelines for the treatment of transgender individuals.

Why does concern troll bring up Paul McHugh? Because concern troll hopes you won’t Google Dr. McHugh.

5. Concern Troll says, “We don’t know the long term effects of puberty blockers on children…”

The drug used to block puberty in children, Leuprorelin has been approved for this purpose since 1989. It just hasn’t been used on transgender kids. So yes, we don’t know what it does 40 years down the road. But then again, by the same standard, we don’t know the effects of a lot of drugs 40 years down the road either.

However, the most recent study on the effects of Leuprorelin, on transgender children show considerable benefit so far. The study found that the children who had used blockers, “were no longer experiencing mental health consequences related to gender dysphoria, their quality of life and happiness levels were on par with their non-transgender peers and none expressed any regret about delaying puberty or transitioning.” A new, $ 5.7 million dollar, 5-year large-scale study has just been launched to settle this matter.

So why does concern troll show so much concern? Because concern troll is afraid happy, healthy, beautiful transgender people will convince others that transgender people aren’t so scary after all.

6. Concern Troll says, “The 2011 Swedish study…”

Whenever a concern troll brings up Dr. Dehjne’s study, they try to use it to prove that transgender people commit suicide at a really high rate. Or that they’re just as criminal as men. Or that health care for transgender people is ineffective and should be discontinued. In fact, all of these are either gross representations of the actual findings of the study. Let’s take them one by one.

So what does the study say about transgender people and suicide? It’s higher, but only statistically so for those who transitioned before 1989. Afterwards, there’s no statistically significant difference between transgender people and the general population.

What does it say about criminal convictions? It says the same thing, no statistically significant different for those who transitioned after 1989.

What does it say about the efficacy of health care for transgender people? It says the study shouldn’t be used to make any judgments about the efficacy of transgender health care, because there is no control group, and that the consensus is health care is beneficial.

So what does the study ACTUALLY recommend? Transgender people need better follow up care after surgery.

That’s it.

So why does concern troll bring this up? Because concern troll hopes no one will read the actual study.

7. Concern Troll says, “What if people didn’t have to be transgender?”

The line of thinking here always goes the same way. Transgender people suffer from suicidality, depression, drug abuse, homelessness, unemployment, etc… far more than the general population. If they weren’t transgender anymore, then these bad things would go away, right? Wong. This is effectively no different than asking someone, “Have you tried not being gay?”

For most transgender people, the answer is of course we tried not being transgender, and it nearly killed us. As bad as things are after coming out, it’s still better than the closet where we were. That’s why we came out in the first place.

Duh.

It is rare for a concern troll to offer any ideas on how one might choose not to be transgender, or what sorts of credible therapists might help someone become “not transgender.”

What concern troll leaves out is that no such treatment exists.

The world’s leading body on transgender health care (WPATH) states: “Treatment aimed at trying to change a person’s gender identity and expression to become more congruent with sex assigned at birth has been attempted in the past without success, particularly in the long term. Such treatment is no longer considered ethical.”

When the concern troll is cornered and forced to recommend something specific, it’s the same pray-away-the-gay organizations that failed so miserably at making people “not gay.”

So why does concern troll ask this? Because concern troll is sad no one like pray-away-the-gay anymore. Maybe work this time with trans, though.

8. Concern Troll says, “The quality of studies on transgender people are poor…”

Medical studies on transgender people have two very difficult hurdles. The first is being double blind. There’s really no placebo for hormones and surgery. It’s not as if you can perform gender reassignment surgery on someone without them noticing it. People don’t wake up one morning and say, “Whoa! When did I get a vagina?”

The second issue is control groups. There is an accepted body of evidence that transition related health care is beneficial, and that denying it carries a strong risk. In order for a study to happen, and especially if there are human subjects involved, it has to be approved and monitored by an ethics review board.

Conducting a study where you deny necessary medical care to people, and there is evidence that denying it will dramatically and unnecessarily increase the risk of suicide and mortality will never make it past an ethics board (IRB).

Beyond that, there’s a strong chance the control group will “cheat” by finding medical services outside the study if they’re desperate enough.

The last time someone got a transgender surgical study with a control group through an IRB was 25 years ago. This study found that the group receiving treatment did significantly better than the control group.

Concern trolls are well aware of this, and also well aware that most people won’t examine their question further.

So why does concern troll say this? Because they know that no one will be allowed to conduct a study that will meet their impossible requirements.

9. Concern Troll says, “Transgender is really a sexual disorder.”

There’s a small group of people promoting the discredited theory that all transgender women are either self-hating homosexual men, or heterosexual men with an out of control fetish (known as Blanchard’s Autogynephilic Theory).

The only people who actually promote this theory are purveyors of reparative therapy, anti-LGBT hate groups, some small circles of anti-transgender radical feminists and a small cluster of people who have invested their professional reputations in promoting the idea. When concern trolls bring this up, they try to not sound anti-transgender, claiming that even though transgender people are perverts and sexual deviants, they don’t hold anything against them morally. They claim they’re just interested in “spreading the truth,” and that they oppose discrimination against the people they just called sexual deviants.

The problem is, these concern trolls are more than happy to let hate groups use their pet theory to argue for discrimination, and even encourage members of the hate groups on their own bulletin boards. One of the primary promoters of this narrative, J. Michael Bailey, even offered free copies of his book to a group whose sole purpose is opposition to legal protections for transgender people. They also go online to troll transgender people and humiliate them.

So why does concern troll say this? Because calling gay men pedophiles has failed. Maybe work on trans people this time.

10. Concern Troll says, “We give health care to transgender people, and bad things still happen.”

This is perhaps the easiest to debunk. We’ve already established that the overwhelming body of research shows that transgender health care and acceptance is beneficial. This is accepted as a truism by every major medical and mental health organization in America. However, a lifetime of prejudice, harassment and discrimination both leaves scars, and follows you around even after you have transitioned.

What the concern troll says is akin to asking why we give prosthetic legs to people, when they’re still going to walk with a limp anyway.

Because it’s better than the alternative of doing nothing, and it’s the best option we have now.

So why does concern troll say this? Because concern troll assumes you won’t think.

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8 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Teacher Ram Dass once said: “If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.”

It’s great advice. Whether it’s your parent, lover, friend or colleague, we all have people who trigger us. Something about them touches our wounds and brings out the worst in us — our pain, irritation, impatience, anger or even hostility.

Sound familiar? If so, here are eight powerful ways you can deal with difficult people who push your buttons.

1. Set your intention.

Our intentions shape our day and our destiny. If you know you will be spending time with someone who triggers you, set an intention in advance of your encounter.

I intend to feel good. I intend to stay calm. I intend to embody love and kindness.

Your intention will help guide your thoughts and actions. You can also bring your intention to mind whenever you feel tempted to slip back into old patterns of reaction and negativity.

2. Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the art of being present in the moment and observing your thoughts and feelings as they arise, rather than getting lost in them and confusing them with who you are.

When you are mindful, you have more control over your reactions to life. When someone triggers an emotional response in your body or a negative thought in your mind, you take a step back and observe what is happening inside of you.

Being the observer gives you the space and opportunity to take a few deep breaths, centre yourself, and consciously choose a new positive response — rather than mindlessly reacting out of habit and instinct.

3. Open your heart.

Negative emotional states usually provoke a noticeable physical response in your body — you may feel a knot in your throat or stomach, your muscles tense, or heat and heaviness around your heart area.

In that moment, you are closing off your heart centre and trapping the negative energy you feel inside of you. When you store this energy inside your being, you will continue to attract — and be triggered by — similar people and events in your future.

The next time you feel triggered and your body begins to tense up, make a conscious decision to take a few deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and imagine your heart opening — no matter how much it feels like closing. As you continue to breathe deeply, allow your feelings to rise and then fall away again, like a wave in the ocean.

4. See the gift.

Difficult people who push our buttons can be one of our greatest gifts in life. By bringing out the worst in us, they make us aware of where we need to grow. By touching our inner wounds, they bring them to the surface where they can be examined and healed.

Often we feel triggered now because of an incident in our past that we never fully healed from or released. Instead, we kept the memory, emotional pain or consequent self-limiting story buried deep within our heart and subconscious.

The poet Rumi once wrote: “Your task is not to see for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Thank the difficult people in your life, for they are showing you the barriers you may have constructed around your heart in the past to protect yourself that may now be limiting your experience and influencing what you can attract into your life.

Once you dissolve these barriers by forgiving the past and choosing to remain mindful and open-hearted in the present, you open yourself up to greater experiences of love, joy and inner peace.

5. Be wary of unexamined assumptions.

Sometimes we react negatively to people because we have conscious or unconscious beliefs and expectations about who they are and how they should act.

We may also have a hidden agenda to gain something from them to fill a void in ourselves — like love, praise or support. When they don’t provide what we seek in the form we are seeking it, we feel resentful and irritable.

In either case, there is an unexamined assumption running the show: that other people are in some way responsible for your happiness.

The truth is, your happiness is entirely up to you. No one can take it from you (unless you let them) and no one is responsible for making sure you are happy.

We are all responsible for filling ourselves up so that we feel loved and supported from within. And when we do, the people in our life will often naturally change their behaviour to become more loving and supportive towards us, because our outer world is always a reflection of our inner state of being.

Make it a habit to sit alone for five minutes each morning and imagine your heart and body filling up with love and light from above. Carry this feeling with you throughout the day.

We search the world for happiness in romantic partners, jobs, houses and bank balances, and yet we are so quick to throw it away at the slightest provocation. Start valuing your happiness like it is one of your most prized possessions — it is.

6. Practice forgiveness.

Everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness and awareness.

Often, the people who trigger us are not even fully aware of the effect they are having on us. Even if they are aware, they may not be in a position to change their behaviour yet, simply because they are so deeply trapped in their own mind, patterns and emotional wounds.

Practice forgiveness whenever you are able to. Forgiveness does not mean condoning their behaviour. Forgiveness means seeing past their external behaviour to the light of their inner spirit, their soul, which is made of the same energy and love as your own soul – it’s just been temporarily obscured.

Don’t forget to forgive yourself too — have compassion for yourself and the challenging situation you are in, which is calling upon you to grow and be your best.

7. Be the lighthouse.

People can bring out the worst in each other, or bring out the best in each other.

The same way that a group of people meditating can have a positive ripple effect on the world, your own loving energy, peace and grace can have a positive effect on the difficult people in your life.

Many people are unable to see or change their own destructive patterns and behaviour. However, when you hold a positive space for them, staying calm, loving and present, this can allow them to subtly shift into these feelings too.

Picture yourself as the lighthouse, cultivating your inner light and love for those who need it.

8. Ask your Higher Self for help.

The book A Course In Miracles states: “Fear is a sure sign you are relying on your own strength.”

You are not in this alone. If you doubt your ability to remain calm, present and open-hearted around someone difficult in your life, call upon your Higher Self to step in and guide you through it.

You can establish the connection with a small pause and prayer: Higher Self, I desire to deal with this person in my life with compassion, patience and love. I’m not sure whether I can remain calm, so I step aside and let you lead the way. And so it will be.

Elyse is a writer, life coach and happiness teacher at NotesOnBliss.com and the creator of the Beautiful Life Bootcamp online course. She teaches people to align with their inner spirit, design a life they love, and expand their happiness and inner peace. For updates and inspiration, sign up now.

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After Katrina, Here’s How New Orleans Improved Education, Low-Income Housing, Health Care

A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, claiming 1,800 lives and causing unspeakable destruction. But, parenthetically, experts say, the storm gave the reeling city no choice but to hit the restart button on some of its broken systems that were long overdue for repair, including education, low-income housing and health care. Here’s how the city addressed some of those challenges — both succeeding and failing along the way.

 

Education

Da’ja’s Story: From Struggling Reader to Valedictorian.

When Da’ja Simmons started seventh grade at her new charter school in New Orleans, she was nowhere near her grade’s literacy level. In addition to lagging behind academically when she started at Cohen College Prep, Simmons also lived in a homeless shelter for a year in eighth grade, after her father lost his job, making concentrating on her school work even more challenging.

“I was weak in math and reading,” Simmons, now 18, told The Huffington Post. “I would mix up simple words.”

Fast forward to last year, when Simmons was named valedictorian, accepted to 10 colleges and won $ 264,000 in merit scholarships.

Before the Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was the second-lowest-ranked district in the second-lowest-ranked state in the country. In 2005, 62 percent of students were failing, according to district records.

Simmons’ story represents that of many students who might not have succeeded to the same degree without the post-Katrina education system changes, experts point out. 

For Simmons, that meant attending a charter school, where she said her teachers pushed her even more once they found out about her compromising situation. They guided her to the point that she was able to add Advanced Placement courses and Chinese to her packed schedule. 

Back in 2005, there was some talk about introducing more charter schools, the kind Simmons benefited from, to help revive the education system. But supporters didn’t expect to see any swift changes.

“There would’ve been incremental government change,” Patrick Dobard, superintendent of the Recovery School District, told HuffPost. “We never would’ve made the long systemic changes we see now.”

Compounding the issue was the fact that critics were reluctant to accept what they viewed as a “top-down” costly system. They didn’t like that it would require mass firings and wouldn’t necessarily take minority students’ needs into consideration. 

But when Hurricane Katrina hit, — taking down 106 schools and sparking a fierce debate about poverty and race with it — advocates seized the chance to start over and build a stronger system.

It was a horrible catastrophe, but as we try to look for silver linings, if there’s any glimmer of hope, we were able to wholesale, put changes into place that have systemically improved the quality of schools.”
Patrick Dobard, superintendent for the Recovery School District in New Orleans

Faced with rebuilding an entire system from scratch, the Louisiana Legislature handed over the majority of Orleans Parish public schools to the Recovery School District. The entity was created to transform failing institutions into high-performing charter schools.

“It was a horrible catastrophe, but as we try to look for silver linings, if there’s any glimmer of hope, we were able to wholesale, put changes into place that have systemically improved the quality of schools,” Dobard said.

Today, 92 percent of students are enrolled in charter schools. And supporters of the model are quick to tout its successes. 

In 2004, 54 percent of high schoolers graduated from high school. A decade later, that figure jumped to 73 percent.

Grades in the city are up, too.

Last year, just 6 percent of students were failing, according to statistics released by New Orleans Public Schools.

But Some Say the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story.

From the perspective of many, the changes in education haven’t been strictly a success story.

Administrators have been criticized for being quick to resort to suspending and expelling students who misbehave, which has helped boost figures and has also disproportionately affected minorities.

Louisiana schools are twice as likely to suspend black students as they are white students, according to a 2010 study conducted by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Family and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children. 

“The unfortunate reality of ‘three strikes you’re out’ and other unnecessarily harsh policies [is that they] have escalated the pushing of young people out of school and down a pipeline to dropout, unemployment and prison,” Julian Heilig, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Sacramento, told HuffPost.

The other concerning issues, advocates say, is that too few minority teachers were hired in the aftermath and that systemic issues that pertain specifically to underserved students weren’t addressed. 

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had a higher proportion of black teachers than most urban U.S. school districts.

During the 2003-2004 school year, 71 percent of New Orleans public school teachers were black, according to the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. 

By 2014, that figure dropped to 49 percent. 

Heilig, and others agree, that black leaders were “sidelined” in the process. They say that more money should’ve been invested in early childhood education and increasing parental engagement, as well as access to health, social and other services at-risk students need to stay on track.

But Dobard continues to stand by the charter school model New Orleans has pioneered — noting that the district plans to address issues related to expulsion and is gearing up to roll out a robust program for students with special needs.

He also noted that schools still have to meet a rigorous set of standards in order to stay in business. 

When a school is up for renewal, it goes through an extensive review process and if it’s not meeting expectations, the RSD has the power to shut it down or transfer its leadership, Dobard said. 

Dobard says that the schools that do thrive, do so mainly because of the “direct control” each entity is granted. 

For example, if a school feels the need to stay in session longer than the prescribed 180 days in order to get students caught up, it has the ability to do so. They also have more control over budgets, transportation and meal plans than standard public schools do. 

Some students, like Simmons, say that giving teachers more autonomy over how they instruct is what enables them to succeed. 

“The teachers actually taught us instead of just giving us work, and helped us with anything we needed,” Simmons said. “They actually challenged me instead of just giving me the answers. They actually pushed to think.”

Low-Income Housing

New Orleans Rolls Up Its Sleeves To Help Build Homes

Before Hurricane Katrina hit, elite local institutions — like the Tulane School of Architecture, — were considered removed entities that were completely out of touch with struggling residents’ needs. 

In fact, one local recently told NPR that he saw the Tulane school as home to snooty “trust fund babies.”

But after the storm displaced more than 1 million people in the Gulf Coast region and destroyed 134,000 housing units in New Orleans alone, Tulane and other prominent entities felt the need to take pause and reassess their role in the community.

“I sort of stopped writing papers and started taking bold steps with students to build things,” Scott Bernhard, a professor who spearheaded the school’s post-Katrina projects, told NPR. 

So, in 2005, the school established URBANbuild in order to apply its rich resources to helping to rebuild decimated neighborhoods. 

At the city’s peak in 2007, more than 11,000 people were homeless, according to a new report released by UNITY, a coalition that provides housing and services to homeless people and at-risk individuals in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

 

Tulane’s program is an example of just one innovative program that has helped to aggressively tackle New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.

URBANbuild collaborates with a number of local groups, including Brad Pitt’s Make It Right nonprofit, to build homes for people in need in the area. Since then, it has built six houses for struggling families. 

Altogether, the school has helped develop more than 80 local projects that use design to improve the community.

Over the past eight years, homelessness figures have dropped by 85 percent.

On a single night in January, there were 1,703 people without homes, still much higher than such comparably sized cities as Chicago and Baltimore, but a notable decline. 

To be sure, the rate of homelessness, which compares its unsheltered population to the general population, is 14 percent higher than it was in 2005. But, part of that is due to the fact that the city’s general population is significantly lower than it was before Katrina.

New Orleans was able to reduce its post-Katrina homeless population to this point with its Permanent Supportive Housing program, according to UNITY. People who qualify are granted permanent rent subsidies, primarily in privately owned apartments. Residents are then connected with case managers who oversee their medical needs, and other issues, to ensure that they can remain living independently. 

City Is One Of First To End Chronic Vet Homelessness.

What’s perhaps most noteworthy, though, is how in the years since the storm, New Orleans has catapulted to the forefront of the fight to end veteran homelessness — an accomplishment that has elicited praise from first lady Michelle Obama.

In January, it became the first major city to end chronic veteran homelessness. 

By employing the housing first method, an approach that champions providing homes to homeless people and then addressing their health and employment issues, New Orleans has accomplished what other similar-sized cities haven’t yet been able to do.

Last July, Mayor Mitch Landrieu committed to joining the first lady’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and within six months, surpassed its original goal by housing 227 homeless veterans. It succeeded in doing so by bringing together agencies that hadn’t previously worked together. Now that it’s combined such existing resources, the city is able to house a homeless veteran within 30 days.

“You all have proven that even in a city as big as New Orleans, veteran homelessness is not a reality we have to accept,” Obama said, according to The Times-Picayune. “It’s not an impossible problem that is too big to be solved. We want cities across this country to follow your lead.”

Still, the city continues to be plagued by crushing poverty rates and a dearth in affordable housing, which has hampered its homelessness efforts.

Before the hurricane, more than half of all apartments in New Orleans rented for less than $ 500 a month, according to UNITY. Now, the fair-market rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $ 767, well above what low-wage workers can afford.

Often, though, it’s been finding the resources to rebuild deteriorating structures that’s posed the biggest challenge.

Even before Katrina, the city had a sizable number of blighted properties it didn’t have the resources to fix. The hurricane only exacerbated that situation. By 2010, there were over 43,000 dilapidated properties and empty lots — more than a quarter of New Orleans’ total housing stock, according to a report released by the city. 

Many owners who didn’t have the funds to repair their devastated homes, simply abandoned them.

Making such properties available for habitation has been critical considering how much housing prices have spiked since Katrina. 

In 2010, Landrieu committed to addressing the issue, and in a matter of three years, reduced the number of blighted properties by 10,000. The mayor succeeded in doing so by collaborating with private and public partners, and commissioning help from the public, too.

Among its multi-thronged approach, the city reopened negotiations with FEMA to demolish 919 units, prioritized city funding for the rehabilitation of dilapidated properties and fixed up 520 homes belonging to low-income owners who didn’t have the funds to do so.

Health Care

Low-Income Patients Get More Timely, Quality Care.

Even before Katrina, New Orleans’ public healthcare system was flailing.

Neighborhood primary care facilities, where low-income patients could develop relationships with their doctors, essentially didn’t exist. As a result, patients turned to the historic Charity Hospital, which accepted all patients no matter what they could afford. But as the region’s only level 1 trauma center, it simply didn’t have the infrastructure to support clients’ needs.

Patients would wait, on average, in excess of six months just to book a basic primary care visit, Dr. Peter DeBlieux, interim Chief Medical Officer at University Medical Center New Orleans, told HuffPost.

The hospital also didn’t meet federal standards at the time, but it was allowed to remain open because it was the only safety net facility in the area, DeBlieux added.

But after the hurricane, when Charity Hospital was forced to close its doors because the cost to repair the institution was too great, the medical community was compelled to reevaluate how it could rebuild a more resilient system that better served its entire patient population.

A New Medical Center Opens Its Doors

On Aug. 1, with $ 1.1 billion in federal, state and private rebuilding money, the city opened the doors to the 2.3-million-sqaure-foot University Medical Center New Orleans, which replaced the destroyed Charity Hospital.

Over the past 10 years, a number of community partners came together to open more than 70 neighborhood health clinics that give patients long-overdue access to primary care and disease prevention, Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health Center, wrote in a blog for HuffPost. Many of those clinics have direct links or affiliations with UMC, which allows patients to book appointments within one to two days, according to DeBlieux.

While Louisiana’s largest teaching and training hospital boasts state-of-the art equipment and striking designs, DeBlieux, who worked at Charity Hospital for more than 20 years, says the mission to serve as a safety net hospital hasn’t changed one iota. 

“At no point in time has our mission changed,” DeBlieux said. “No one has shied away from that mission. No one has shirked it.”

The 446-bed hospital is open to anyone who needs care, just as it was before, it now just also has a more sustainable business model.

After its horrific experience during Katrina, the medical community vowed to build a facility that could withstand the next once-in-50-years storm, and it has.

All of the hospital’s critical functions are located 21 feet above base level flood elevation. With its storm-resistant technology, UMC can withstand a hurricane with a force of 200 miles per hour. And, it could continue its operations for up to a week without any external support or supplies. 

It has also developed a new and leaner business model.

Before, Charity Hospital relied solely on state and federal dollars and was serially underfunded, DeBlieux noted.

Today’s private-public model will allow UMC to still serve indigent populations, while also making itself a competitive option for Medicaid, Medicare and commercially insured patients in order to “attract all payers.”


At this hospital, we welcome all patients.”

 

Every room in the hospital is private, with ample space for family members to stay over. The only exception is in the behavioral health section where sharing a room was deemed “therapeutic.” The hospital has also set a goal of developing programs that will enable patients to seek out specialty care locally at UMC, so they don’t have to travel out of state, or out of the region.

It’s also going to be a major economic driver in the community. Construction alone created thousands of jobs and the hospital currently employs more than 2,100 people. It’s expected to create hundreds more full-time positions in the next few years, according to UMC. 

At its core, DeBlieux says, UMC aims to be a more inviting facility, and has kept intact its purpose of providing healing to every patient who walks through its doors. 

“In 1940, [when it opened], Charity Hospital was considered the preeminent hospital in the world. People who sought care there, thought, ‘Well, I have a seat at the table,’” DeBlieux said. “That history has not changed. At this hospital, we welcome all patients.”

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WASHINGTON — Here are some things you may know about Qatar: It’s very, very small and it’s very, very wealthy. With a GDP estimated at upwards of $ 320 billion, Qatar — which controls 13 percent of global liquefied natural gas reserves — is the richest country per capita in the world. 

You’ve likely also heard that the tiny statelet in the Gulf is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is generating controversy because of concerns about abusive working conditions for the immigrant labor force building its infrastructure. If you’re interested in foreign affairs, you may know Qatar is home to the U.S. Air Force’s command center for Middle East operations, or that it’s played a key role in questioning old-school authoritarianism and supporting political Islam in the region. 

That’s all important. But for this week, Qatar would like Americans to treat these facts as footnotes and focus instead on its generosity toward the U.S. during a time of national crisis 10 years ago.

In a ceremony at the New Orleans Ritz Carlton on Thursday that attracted heavyweights like New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu and former Sen. Mary Landrieu, Qatari Ambassador Mohammed Jaham al Kuwari held “a celebration of recovery.” The event, co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity and an array of corporate sponsors like ExxonMobil and Raytheon, commemorated Qatar’s efforts to help the parts of the U.S. that were battered by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.

Kuwari this month also launched a book documenting those efforts. Over more than 200 glossy pages, it features statistics and personal stories from Katrina victims who have benefited from Qatar’s $ 100 million gift.

Jauné Jackson is one example. “I’d never heard of Qatar,” she told the book’s author, Scott Steedman. “Now I know it’s a very small country, and to hear that they just felt they had to do something to help us, it’s amazing.” The Loyola grad grew up in New Orleans East, leaving home with her parents the day before the levees broke and living in a “shotgun house” with her parents, sisters and grandparents once she returned. Months later, when she finished high school and was preparing to attend college, she received a Qatar grant. Today, she produces the 5 p.m. broadcast at the New Orleans NBC affiliate.

Among the narratives are tales of getting loans to buy a home for the first time and of establishing mobile medical units for mothers who might otherwise have had no access to prenatal care.

“As heartbreaking images of destruction and displacement unfolded before our eyes, we felt the urge to act and help,” Kuwari wrote in an op-ed for the New Orleans Times-Picayune that ran on Thursday. “In the spirit of human solidarity, an Arab Gulf state was extending its hand to three American Gulf states. Eighteen projects were put in place in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.”

Qatar’s then-ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, set up a $ 100 million Qatar Katrina Fund two weeks after he observed chaos unfold in Katrina-struck regions. It has since funded 18 projects. Of the funds, $ 38.2 million went to education — in the form of financial aid and scholarships for students from low-income backgrounds and investments at schools like Tulane and Loyola — and $ 34.4 million to Habitat for Humanity, services for the homeless and housing loans. It also provided $ 27.4 million for covering care for the uninsured, among other health projects.

“It was a mission of healing and revival, guided by a sense of duty, not charity. We believe that in every society, people have a right to live and prosper, not merely to survive,” Kuwari wrote.

Sheikh Hamad personally visited New Orleans in April 2008 to examine the impact his gift had. “One of the world’s richest men toured one of America’s poorest cities on Tuesday,” the New York Times reported at the time. “Two universes peered at each other through the dark smoked glass of his motorcade.” 

During his visit, the former ruler stopped at Xavier University, the U.S.’s only historically black Catholic college. The Qatar Katrina Fund gave the university $ 17.5 million.

On the anniversary of its gift, Qatar is working to ensure that its contribution isn’t forgotten — but to commemorate it in a way that causes less spectacle and drama than a monarch’s speeding around a still-hurting city in a motorcade.

Other countries, including Gulf states like Saudi Arabia and the Qataris’ regional rival, the United Arab Emirates, gave their share of support following Katrina too. Qatar says its contribution was the second-highest foreign donation. (The U.A.E. also gave $ 100 million, but its funds went straight to the federal government instead of to local partner organizations.)

These donations come out of a mix of motives: altruism, certainly, but also a desire to show the U.S. that its relationships with the Arab world aren’t simply about security or U.S. support for trusted partners — they can go both ways. That’s not always been a welcome message, particularly at times when Islamophobia has been ticking up, like after Sept. 11 or following the widely publicized atrocities of the Islamic State group.

In packaging its legacy in New Orleans, then, Qatar is trying to hit the right notes: modesty, respect, compassion. The hope is that those themes will undercut skepticism about largely undemocratic Muslim countries with the level of wealth Qatar and other Arab states enjoy.

“While hailed as the second-highest international donation, the Qatari gift was relatively modest compared to the damage done,” Kuwari noted. “Humanitarian aid is part and parcel of our culture and values. It is also a bridge for lasting friendship. Over the past decade, the Qatar–U.S. relations have only deepened.”

Ten years on from Katrina, Qatar’s ongoing focus on New Orleans is one part of making sure that continues.

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Oh, I’m totally enlightened. But I’m having a panic attack right now, so do you mind if we talk after I don’t feel like running screaming naked down the street? You’re a doll.

The other day at therapy my shrink had the balls to say to me, “You’re reporting today. I don’t want you reporting. I want you to tell me about the cockroaches in your bed last night. Let’s talk about that.”

I really hated him for saying that (not really). But he was right. I report. I talk as if I were on social media. Look at this funny ad, my skin looks so good today, I have a freak of a dog. I do it when I’m not connected to what I’m really feeling.

I know why I can be like that. I had a very, very weird childhood. Like Addams Family weird. My mother was mentally ill. She screwed me up, and I’ve spent my entire life unscrewing myself (you get the idea). I’ve healed. I am, to overuse the word, blessed. Cue the marching band.

That’s why nowadays I’m a super positive guy because the alternative wasn’t working. Sure, I’m watering down years and years of yoga, meditation and psychotherapy, but the happy ending I’ve been searching for I’m now living. Praise Jesus!

But then there’s this bug issue.

It’s not that bugs were literally swarming over me, but that I have anxiety nightmares about them. I’ve had anxiety dreams for years. Most of the dreams are so violent they literally bolt me out of my bed and send me careening into my living room. Honestly, It’s really embarrassing. Another solid reason to remain single.

What really gets my goat is that all I do every day is connect with my friggin’ Higher Self. I take yoga classes and vitamins and breath, breath, breath, and yet after all this, I still have the occasional dream where I’m being suffocated by cockroaches. No wonder my application for Zen Priesthood was declined.

When I finally calm down afterwards, I feel like an idiot. Old feelings of depression come up. I was clinically depressed for years so I know how the old throw me under a bus oh my God I hate my life can I eat those Doritos depression feels.

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And I do mean all of them.

I want to call a friend so they can tell me it’s all going to be alright, but I know calling a friend at 3:33 a.m. isn’t the smartest way to keep a thriving friendship alive. So I watch more episodes of Friends and sometimes take a teddy bear I have in my linen closet to bed with me. Don’t tell anyone.

My shrink told me next week we’re going to have to talk about the bugs. I have no idea what they really represent, but I’m guessing it’s something to do with my inability to practice what I preach, which is believing that everything is going to be alright.

I’ve studied with enough gurus (some named Skye, which is really hard for me not to make fun of) so I know that feeling anxious and depressed is the most effective way to block off what the Universe is trying to tell me. It’s like putting a muzzle over a megaphone that’s attached to my ear.

The past few years I’ve witness this wild phenomena where I ask the Universe for something, and it shows up. Literally. For years I used to think that kind of thinking was for people who dropped acid and twirled around Central Park with glow sticks in their hands. But then I realized it’s how the world works so I shut my pie hole.

So if that’s the case, what the hell’s the deal with the bugs?

I may not be able to see the truth of it right now, but I do know that my panic dreams aren’t the real me, but the old me, the younger Michael who used to have extreme anxiety disorder and suffered from depression and looked like something out of The Walking Dead. The Michael who never felt consistently loved as a boy, so he never learned to trust that things always work out.

I used to say, How could I learn to trust if my first source of trust broke my heart? I’m sick of saying that. The script is getting old. Time for a rewrite.

I’ve come a million miles from where I used to be. I’ll work past this bug thing. The key is to stop throwing things like anxiety and depression and bugs in my path.

All this insight from a bunch of cockroaches. Who knew?

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Namaste, Neurosis

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8 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Teacher Ram Dass once said: “If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.”

It’s great advice. Whether it’s your parent, lover, friend or colleague, we all have people who trigger us. Something about them touches our wounds and brings out the worst in us — our pain, irritation, impatience, anger or even hostility.

Sound familiar? If so, here are eight powerful ways you can deal with difficult people who push your buttons.

1. Set your intention.

Our intentions shape our day and our destiny. If you know you will be spending time with someone who triggers you, set an intention in advance of your encounter.

I intend to feel good. I intend to stay calm. I intend to embody love and kindness.

Your intention will help guide your thoughts and actions. You can also bring your intention to mind whenever you feel tempted to slip back into old patterns of reaction and negativity.

2. Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the art of being present in the moment and observing your thoughts and feelings as they arise, rather than getting lost in them and confusing them with who you are.

When you are mindful, you have more control over your reactions to life. When someone triggers an emotional response in your body or a negative thought in your mind, you take a step back and observe what is happening inside of you.

Being the observer gives you the space and opportunity to take a few deep breaths, centre yourself, and consciously choose a new positive response — rather than mindlessly reacting out of habit and instinct.

3. Open your heart.

Negative emotional states usually provoke a noticeable physical response in your body — you may feel a knot in your throat or stomach, your muscles tense, or heat and heaviness around your heart area.

In that moment, you are closing off your heart centre and trapping the negative energy you feel inside of you. When you store this energy inside your being, you will continue to attract — and be triggered by — similar people and events in your future.

The next time you feel triggered and your body begins to tense up, make a conscious decision to take a few deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and imagine your heart opening — no matter how much it feels like closing. As you continue to breathe deeply, allow your feelings to rise and then fall away again, like a wave in the ocean.

4. See the gift.

Difficult people who push our buttons can be one of our greatest gifts in life. By bringing out the worst in us, they make us aware of where we need to grow. By touching our inner wounds, they bring them to the surface where they can be examined and healed.

Often we feel triggered now because of an incident in our past that we never fully healed from or released. Instead, we kept the memory, emotional pain or consequent self-limiting story buried deep within our heart and subconscious.

The poet Rumi once wrote: “Your task is not to see for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Thank the difficult people in your life, for they are showing you the barriers you may have constructed around your heart in the past to protect yourself that may now be limiting your experience and influencing what you can attract into your life.

Once you dissolve these barriers by forgiving the past and choosing to remain mindful and open-hearted in the present, you open yourself up to greater experiences of love, joy and inner peace.

5. Be wary of unexamined assumptions.

Sometimes we react negatively to people because we have conscious or unconscious beliefs and expectations about who they are and how they should act.

We may also have a hidden agenda to gain something from them to fill a void in ourselves — like love, praise or support. When they don’t provide what we seek in the form we are seeking it, we feel resentful and irritable.

In either case, there is an unexamined assumption running the show: that other people are in some way responsible for your happiness.

The truth is, your happiness is entirely up to you. No one can take it from you (unless you let them) and no one is responsible for making sure you are happy.

We are all responsible for filling ourselves up so that we feel loved and supported from within. And when we do, the people in our life will often naturally change their behaviour to become more loving and supportive towards us, because our outer world is always a reflection of our inner state of being.

Make it a habit to sit alone for five minutes each morning and imagine your heart and body filling up with love and light from above. Carry this feeling with you throughout the day.

We search the world for happiness in romantic partners, jobs, houses and bank balances, and yet we are so quick to throw it away at the slightest provocation. Start valuing your happiness like it is one of your most prized possessions — it is.

6. Practice forgiveness.

Everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness and awareness.

Often, the people who trigger us are not even fully aware of the effect they are having on us. Even if they are aware, they may not be in a position to change their behaviour yet, simply because they are so deeply trapped in their own mind, patterns and emotional wounds.

Practice forgiveness whenever you are able to. Forgiveness does not mean condoning their behaviour. Forgiveness means seeing past their external behaviour to the light of their inner spirit, their soul, which is made of the same energy and love as your own soul – it’s just been temporarily obscured.

Don’t forget to forgive yourself too — have compassion for yourself and the challenging situation you are in, which is calling upon you to grow and be your best.

7. Be the lighthouse.

People can bring out the worst in each other, or bring out the best in each other.

The same way that a group of people meditating can have a positive ripple effect on the world, your own loving energy, peace and grace can have a positive effect on the difficult people in your life.

Many people are unable to see or change their own destructive patterns and behaviour. However, when you hold a positive space for them, staying calm, loving and present, this can allow them to subtly shift into these feelings too.

Picture yourself as the lighthouse, cultivating your inner light and love for those who need it.

8. Ask your Higher Self for help.

The book A Course In Miracles states: “Fear is a sure sign you are relying on your own strength.”

You are not in this alone. If you doubt your ability to remain calm, present and open-hearted around someone difficult in your life, call upon your Higher Self to step in and guide you through it.

You can establish the connection with a small pause and prayer: Higher Self, I desire to deal with this person in my life with compassion, patience and love. I’m not sure whether I can remain calm, so I step aside and let you lead the way. And so it will be.

Elyse is a writer, life coach and happiness teacher at NotesOnBliss.com and the creator of the Beautiful Life Bootcamp online course. She teaches people to align with their inner spirit, design a life they love, and expand their happiness and inner peace. For updates and inspiration, sign up now.

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Is Luck a Miracle or a Curse? Luck alone has kept Sam undiscovered so far. She dreads the moment the crew learns their miracle and curse have a human face, but it’s Nat’s reaction she fears the most. When her Natural talents are revealed, all the ways she’s used her far-from-human abilities to keep the engine running may count for nothing. Obsessed with the steamship’s engine, Nat’s new position as the engineer’s apprentice is a dream come true even when a fierce storm tests the limits of his new skills. He basks in the praise of the engineer and crew once they’re safe again, but their cheers soon turn to curses when Nat realizes the nearest island on the charts is nothing but a sandbar. With food and water running low, how is he going to keep Sam fed? Welcome back to the world of The Steamship Chronicles, a steampunk alternate Victorian Era where everyday machinery has reached enough complexity to draw on aether and gain a consciousness, one apparent only to Naturals. Samantha and Nathaniel’s adventures continue as storms and former friends turn dangerous. If you’re curious about the two people who raised Samantha before The Steamship Chronicles began, their story is told in Safe Haven, a prequel to The Steamship Chronicles.

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Thailand Arrests ‘Foreign’ Man Over Bangkok Shrine Bombing

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities Saturday arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with stacks of passports and bomb-making materials, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago.

Police and soldiers raided the suspect’s apartment in an eastern Bangkok suburb and then announced the arrest on all television channels Saturday evening. The arrest came 12 days after the bombing that authorities have called the most deadly attack in Thailand’s modern history.

National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri described the suspect as a 28-year-old “foreign man” who was believed to have been part of a network that carried out the Aug. 17 blast at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok, which killed 20 people and injured more than 120, and another explosion the next day at a public ferry pier. The second blast caused no injuries but raised concerns about safety in the Thai capital, which draws millions of tourists.

“Our preliminary investigation shows that he is related to both bombings,” Prawuth said.

“We found parts of bomb-making materials, such as detonators” and a metal pipe, apparently meant to be used as a bomb, Prawuth said. “We also found a number of passports.”

Photographs taken at the apartment were shown during the broadcast, including one of stacks of passports that appeared to be Turkish.

Earlier, Prawuth said that authorities had not yet determined his nationality and dismissed Thai news reports saying he is Turkish. Images of a Turkish passport with the apparent suspect’s picture were posted on social media.

“The passport you see is fake,” said Prawuth, referring to the online photos. “We don’t know if he is Turkish or not.”

The blast at the Erawan Shrine was unprecedented in the Thai capital, where smaller bombs have been employed in domestic political violence over the past decade, but not in an effort to cause large-scale casualties.

The shrine is a popular tourist destination, particularly with Chinese visitors, who represent an important segment of the lucrative tourist market. At least six of the dead were from China and Hong Kong. It is located in a neighborhood full of upscale shopping malls and five-star hotels.

Soon after the bombing, police released an artist’s sketch of a man seen in a security camera video leaving a backpack at a bench then walking away from the open-air shrine. A separate camera showed the man, wearing a yellow T-shirt, on the back of a motorcycle taxi leaving the site.

The man seen in the video was believed to have carried out the bombing, which police said they believed was planned by a network. They indicated in Saturday’s news conference that the suspect arrested Saturday was not the bomber seen in the video.

“We believe he is a culprit in the same network. More details will be given later,” Prawuth said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, sparking a variety of theories into who might be behind it.

Possible suspects include parties seeking to avenge Thailand’s forced repatriation of ethnic Uighurs to China, Muslim separatists from southern Thailand, opponents of Thailand’s military government and feuding factions within the security services.

Police have been criticized for releasing conflicting statements and rapidly hosing down the crime scene at the shrine before all forensic evidence was recovered. Many accused authorities of rushing to clean up the bomb scene to reassure the public – especially foreign tourists – that security in the city was back to normal.

Police say they have been handicapped by low-quality and broken surveillance cameras and a lack of sophisticated image-processing equipment to clarify the fuzzy images in security videos, which were the only firm evidence they had.

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Turkey Joins U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey announced Saturday that its fighter jets have carried out their first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria.

A Foreign Ministry statement said the jets began attacking IS targets late Friday across the border in Syria that were deemed to be threats to Turkey.

After months of hesitance, Turkey agreed last month to take on a more active role in the fight against IS. Turkish jets used smart bombs to attack IS positions in Syria, without crossing into Syrian airspace and later Turkey granted U.S. jets access to a key air base close to the Syrian border.

The Turkish attacks that began Friday were the first launched as part of the U.S.-led campaign and came after Turkish and U.S. officials announced they had reached a technical agreement concerning their cooperation, which calls for Turkey to be fully integrated into the coalition air campaign.

“Our fighter aircraft together with warplanes belonging to the coalition began as of yesterday evening to jointly carry out air operations against Daesh targets that constitute a threat against the security of our country,” the Foreign Ministry said, using the Arabic acronym for IS. “The fight against the terrorist organization is a priority for Turkey.”

The statement did not give more details on the targets.

On Thursday, IS militants seized five villages from rebel groups in northern Syria as they advanced toward the strategic town of Marea near the Turkish border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other groups said IS carried out a suicide bombing on the outskirts of Marea amid fierce fighting in the area.

The IS advance was in the northern Aleppo province near where Turkey and the United States have agreed to establish an IS-free safe zone.

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ASAP Home Nurses Receive Tribute & Medicine Discount Cards by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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13 Pearls of Wisdom for a Successful Life

What would people advise a hypothetical 22-year-old college graduate to do with his or her life? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by Evan Asano, Founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company. Twitter: @evanasano, on Quora:

  1. Read. Ferociously. Everything you can get your hands. Join a book club. Imbibe books about personal development, communication, achievement, biographies, leadership, success, marketing, sales, business, entrepreneurship. You’ll do many things you may regret, but you will never ever regret spending time reading. Good sources of reading lists are Quora, blogs (Google 10 best books for …), Amazon (look for recommendations in categories, popular books with high ratings).
  2. Accept uncertainty. This comes from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams: Deepak Chopra, a must-read for getting started out. There’s uncertainty to everything; the sooner you can embrace that, the sooner you’ll be able to leverage it. “You must give up the life you have planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell
  3. Agree. With everything and everyone. Stop arguing, stop trying to control every scenario, stop trying to prove yourself right. You’ll never change anyone’s opinion through argument, and no one will remember if you’re right. Seek consensus. Groups, teams, and life move much better when harmonized than with discord.
  4. Be curious. There’s a vast, fantastic world out there. Foster your curiosity, and it will lead you to amazing places.
  5. Be open minded. Your opinions will change drastically on many, many things. The opinions you hold with absolute conviction may be very different in a few years. Don’t let those opinions get in the way of meeting people and experiencing things.
  6. Learn from adversity. You’ll experience challenges and adversity you can’t imagine right now. You’ll have a choice when you have these experiences, either see it as an obstacle or focus on what you can learn and how you can grow from the experience. It won’t be easy, but choose the later relentlessly, and you’ll grow in ways you can never imagine.
  7. Foster the growth mindset. Watch this: The power of belief — mindset and success
  8. Get out of your comfort zone. It sounds cliched, but it’s true. If you stay within your limits, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.
  9. Don’t hold onto the wrong things. Grudges, anger, opinions. Let them go, quickly.
  10. Travel. Get out and explore. Another thing you will never ever regret. Go to places you’d never think you’d go. Max out your vacation time every year. Take a few weeks off between jobs and travel. Save up for a year and take a few months off.
  11. Don’t wait for the right time or the right thing to say. For anything. Most of the time if you wait for the right time, you’ll be too late. Those who win in the world are the ones who speak up and take immediate action. You might say a few things you later regret, but you’ll regret not saying anything more.
  12. Don’t look for the perfect scenarios, partner, or job. Everyone sees success and wonders how Jobs and Wozniak found each other, the perfect partners. Well, it wasn’t the one-in-a-billion odds that they found each other; they made each other the perfect partners, pushed each other’s knowledge and expertise, and built Apple on their collective knowledge and energy. The vision of your career might include a high profile company or opportunity (e.g. work at Google, live in San Francisco), but don’t get hung up on these. Focus on the motivation behind that scenario rather than that goal.
  13. Provide value in the world. Money and success are common goals, but so many people often don’t achieve these in spite of there being a nearly universal goal. Money and success are important, but focus on creating value in the world first. The biggest disrupters didn’t do it because it would lead to money or fame. They did it because they wanted to change things. They saw a different future and created that. Look at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg built a tool for Harvard students originally. It now has over 1.4 billion users! Wake up and think about what you can do to create value in the world to your friends and family, your company, your coworkers, your country.

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Scientists Find A Way To Combat Racial Bias Among Little Kids

First, they found that infants as young as 3 months old show racial bias. Now they’ve found a way to shake up those early preferences — and perhaps undermine more pernicious racial stereotypes as we grow up.

Research from the University of Delaware had earlier shown that 3-month-olds have a visual preference for faces that match the racial group they see most in their daily lives.

new study from the same team — conducted as part of a decade-long international research project and published last month in the journal Developmental Science — details an experiment that seemed to shift those unconscious biases seen in young children. 

Why do babies even have such biases? While infants can distinguish different races, they’re less able to distinguish individual faces within a less-familiar racial group. So, for example, a white baby may be able to differentiate among — and thus prefer — individual white faces while struggling to differentiate among black or Asian faces. 

In other words, these very early leanings seem to be based on visual perception. Actual social biases don’t come into play generally until children are around 3 or 4 years old. 

The researchers hypothesized, however, that visual biases in infants might be related to the development of social biases in later childhood and adulthood — and therefore disrupting early visual biases could help dislodge social biases, perhaps for the long term.

“We hit on the idea that if the perceptual and social biases are linked, we might be able to reduce the social bias by perceptual means,” Dr. Paul Quinn, professor of psychology and brain science at the University of Delaware and the study’s lead author, said in a press release

To test this hypothesis, researchers in Delaware and China created images of racially ambiguous faces by melding individual photos of African and Asian faces. Some of the faces had pleasant expressions, while others were more severe. 

The researchers showed these photos to Chinese children, aged 4 to 6, and asked them to identify whether the faces were Asian or African. The kids tended to rate the happy-looking faces as Asian and the severe-looking faces as African.

Next, the researchers showed the children five different photos of African faces and gave individual names to the faces. This was repeated for 15 to 30 minutes until the children were able to identify the faces by name. 

When the kids were shown the photos of racially ambiguous faces again, the bias they had displayed toward their own ethnic group was reduced significantly.

Why? The theory is that the children’s perceptual bias for the more familiar-looking faces was undercut when they learned to see the unfamiliar faces as individuals, too.

“It may be that the individuation disrupts the process by which stereotypes are generalized across members of a [racial] category,” Quinn told The Huffington Post via email. But he noted that further research is needed to explore how long these effects last and to determine whether the effects are the result of mere exposure.

One question would be whether individualizing people must be done with language — that is, by naming them. “Would we get it with a unique musical tone for each face?” Quinn said. “Would we get it if we just asked the children to memorize the faces?”

In the real world, the study suggests that personal interactions with people of other races may go a long way in counteracting stereotypes. 

“If you want to reduce implicit bias … provide experience with the other-race group,” Quinn said. “In particular, experience that promotes perceiving members of the other-race group as distinct individuals with unique identities.”

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Vogue(r) Knitting On The Go: Baby Blankets Two


Rompers and booties and cute animal designs: there’s nothing more adorable than babies’ outfits, and these small and precious garments make easy-to-carry and quick-to-knit projects. That’s why Vogue’s first Knitting on the Go: Baby Knits collection was so popular—and why this follow-up will absolutely entice knitters and warm their hearts as the needles click along. What could be sweeter than a tiny “faux fur” coat? Amazingly, it’s simple to make, with only a few stitches and rows; the thick yarn does most of the work. Baby will look completely endearing in an Origami Jacket, Giraffe Cardigan and Hat, Aran Pullover, or Bonnet and Booties. Other practical and good-looking accessories include the Felted Baby Bag to carry it all and Gingham Blanket.
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