Arts & Science, COVID-19, Creativity, Empath, General, Poetry, Reserved Rebel, Social Justice

Time For Change – Revisited

The Relevance of This Revision I wrote the original version of “Time For Change” in 2016. It’s heartbreaking and disheartening that this revision is still relevant in 2020. Time For Change – Revisited Crying over this type of violence, until we’re all out of tears Sadly watching, as outrage is replaced by fear Fear of indifference, fear of no change…

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Arts & Science, COVID-19, General, Health & Wellness, STEM to STEAM

In Science and Medicine, Facts Matter

In Science and Medicine, Facts Matter In scientific research and evidence-based medicine, the data and facts should guide responses, decisions, therapies and treatment. Switching that order—choosing a “desired” outcome, then manipulating or doctoring the data to arrive at the outcome you’ve “chosen”—is both misleading and dangerous, especially when dealing with a highly contagious & potentially lethal viral illness, during a…

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COVID-19, Education, General, Health & Wellness

Learning From the Past – Comparing the 1918 Flu Pandemic and COVID-19

Looking Back in History As we navigate the current COVID-19 Pandemic, I’ve found myself looking back in history at the 1918 Flu Pandemic (Spanish Flu) to see what lessons could be learned from that outbreak and how it compares to what we’re facing right now.  Top 5 Takeaways After reviewing several articles and the 1918 Flu Pandemic Historic Timeline on…

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COVID-19, Family, Food, General, Health & Wellness, Mindful Living, Motivational, Nutrition, Parenting, Reserved Rebel, Self-Care

Making Mealtime Special and Helping Others In Need

Making Mealtime Special Making mealtime special can involve doing something out of the ordinary, like dusting off and using that “look-but-don’t-touch” teapot and teacup combo for breakfast. It can also include preparing meals as a family and eating them together around the table (or via FaceTime, if you’re unable to be with your family right now). Eating together as a…

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COVID-19, General, Introvert, Reserved Rebel, Self-Care

Introverts and Virtual Small Talk Don’t Mix

Introverts and Small Talk Dear Extroverts (and Ambiverts)—I’d hoped to get through the COVID-19 Quarantine without saying this, but after receiving several invitations to virtual get-togethers (which I both appreciate and find stressful), I feel the need to share the reason why I (and other Introverts) may not “attend”… If introverts hate small talk at cocktail parties and other in-person…

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COVID-19, Education, Family, General, Health & Wellness, Self-Care

The CDC Now Recommends the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Mask Confusion There has been a great deal of confusion about whether or not we should wear masks in public during this coronavirus pandemic—and if so, what type? The CDC has recently answered that question by recommending the use of cloth face coverings in public settings (where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like at the grocery stores…

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Ways to Reduce Stress During a Crisis
COVID-19, Education, Family, General, Health & Wellness, Mindful Living, Mindfulness, Self-Care, Spiritual Growth

Ways to Reduce Stress During a Crisis

Ways to Reduce Stress As coronavirus news updates become more alarming by the day, and concerns about our health, our finances and the availability of resources feels more pressing, it’s easy to become gripped by fear and anxious about all of the uncertainty we’re facing. While we’re doing what we can to prevent infection with COVID-19 by washing our hands…

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Social Distance Learning: Time for More Structure and Self-Compassion
COVID-19, Education, Family, General, Inspiration & Insights, Mindfulness, Mindset, Parenting

Distance Learning Lessons: Time for More Structure and Self-Compassion

Lesson Learned As our family begins our 3rd week of distance learning, my list of “lessons learned” continues to grow. One lesson that is abundantly clear—it’s time for more structure, and self-compassion. Ready To Slow Down After the whirlwind that often typifies the Lanier Experience: our recent relocation to a new city (Atlanta) for my husband’s new job, downsizing into…

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