The Curious Autodidact

October 25, 2012

Different Looks at Mental Illness

Filed under: helpful hints,media related,social justice — Honilima @ 12:15 pm

 

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Glenn Close talked the other day on NPR about her relationship with her sister and has been an outspoken advocate for the mentally ill.

Marsha Lineham a therapist and researcher at the University of Washington was featured in a front page story, in the NYT “Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight” talking about her diagnosis as having a borderline personality disorder.

People are removing the shame and talking more openly about their struggles with mental illness and sharing the experiences within their own lives and those of their families. Paul Gilmartin found himself laid off from his job and began the now popular Mental Illness Happy Hour Podcast that each week features a different person talking about their struggles coping with various types of mental illness. His show is candid and at turns uncomfortable and healing. If you aren’t into popular culture many of the people featured will not be known to you but the format of the show one on one and without interruptions makes it an intimate experience as if you are overhearing a conversation between two good friends. If you want some episodes to sample start with Kristine Keese, Jamie Denbo, Dr. Jessica Zucker, or Alison Rosen.

NAMI is a good place to start for more resources for those coping with mental illness in their own family or in his or her own life.

October 19, 2012

Staying Safe: Cleaning with Simple Things

Filed under: environmental ideas,helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 12:00 pm

As Americans we are so brainwashed about what clean is and how clean should smell. It turns out that the things we relate to clean are not healthy for us, not only to use initially for cleaning but to smell after the cleaning has been done. On Point Radio, a great radio program has a powerful feature about household cancer hazards that will get you to re-think your cleaning solutions shelf and replace what’s there with Bon Ami and Vinegar. You will help the environment, save your family’s health and save you lots of money. This show is worth a listen and worth sharing with your friends and family!

October 10, 2012

True Compassion

Filed under: social justice,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:53 pm

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True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.
Martin Luther King, Jr., civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

October 1, 2012

Balancing out Household Chores

Filed under: helpful hints,kitchen tips — Honilima @ 12:20 pm

 

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Tired of the household chores debate? This checklist will bring to light who does what and how the household chores are split up between domestic partners.

Just leaving this list on the kitchen counter or on the fridge may spark a lively debate around the dirty dishes in the sink…

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