History is instructive. This past week, while reading Jacob Riis' 1902 book The Children of the Poor, I came across his chapter titled "Little Mary Ellen's Legacy." Riis tells the story of Mary Ellen, a child of eight in 1874, who was daily beaten by her stepmother and locked in a closet in a tenement house in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. A kindly Methodist missionary woman was told of Mary Ellen's plight by a woman dying of tuberculosis who lived next door to the little girl and could hear her screams. The missionary, Etta Angell Wheeler, did home visits and social services and she promised the dying woman that she would do something to stop the child abuse. … [Read more...] about Preventing Abuse: Children Came After Animals
Physical illness and disease have always been viewed differently from mental illness. With physical illness, many have pointed out, there is a quantifiable or measurable aspect in that a physician can see, with the right instrumentation, bodily processes that are impinged, torn, broken, swollen, invaded by a mass or tumor, penetrated by accident or violence, and other observable abnormalities to the body. Children understand from an early age that if they get a “booboo,” such as a scratch, cut, or scrape, it can easily be remediated by a caring parent, and with a simple band-aid and a hug. … [Read more...] about The “Invisibility” of Mental Illness
SC: I don’t think the planet can be ‘saved.’ What we can do today is not participate in the violence against all life. Saving one is worth any effort, saving hundreds is a miracle. Going vegan, and creating a culture of non violence, for the world of our friends and families, including our non human family, disrupts the dominant narrative, from the slaughterhouse to our house. We have a lot of power in being creative, living on much less, sharing stuff, something the ruling class fears. They want us in a constant state of war, competition and fear, more profits for them, that way. We will evolve eventually, into non human animals and discard the ideology of profit before all life. … [Read more...] about “Zooicide: Seeing Cruelty, Demanding Abolition”
How does this job offer sound? You’ll need to be available on short notice, including late at night and on weekends. You could be asked to do anything from helping at community events to responding to life-threatening emergencies (and sometimes putting your own safety on the line). You might be asked to manage a large team of people. This job also involves a lot of regular training. Oh, and you won’t be paid for any of this. Would you take the job? … [Read more...] about Giving Time
Their focus was the impact of hearing loss on patient communication in older adults. Both found that unrecognized hearing loss may have a serious negative impact on health care in the elderly. The doctor or nurse or social worker may think the patient has heard and understood, while the patient herself may nod and smile and think she's understood. But she ends up walking out with incorrect information. … [Read more...] about Are You Sure Your Patient Is Hearing You?