In which Melanie gets downright “gritty” about grit research, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, and the Presidential campaign and also learns a thing or two from john a. powell (which she generously shares!) and offers at least two guaranteed laughs and hug-worthy moments.
In which Melanie gets off the dance floor and up onto the balcony, recommends sending poets into space, shares about the amazing Frontiers of Health Equity plenary discussion coming to Science of HOPE with 6 amazing leaders, and shares a gift to help out the 5 people still not yet registered for it.
In which Melanie skips her blog post in order to ask for your help in creating a comprehensive map of ACE & Resilience initiatives happening throughout the state and nationwide. Join us in The Mapping Room at Science of HOPE!
In which Melanie shares what hope is to a NASA engineer, a penguin and what it could be to you and health equity. She also offers a dance it out option and a special gift just for the dedicated readers.
In which Melanie celebrates the return of space gardener, ahem, astronaut, Scott Kelly, and considers how getting some distance from the human species might provoke a different take on how we might address the widespread disease of trauma by the choices to join up together and let the light in.
In which Melanie leverages the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves to at last connect her love of all things space and her passion for creating enduring health equity. All is finally revealed!
As we get closer to our Science of HOPE conference, I am thinking tactically about this community of people who will come together for two days and an evening. In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, we are extending our early bird registration just a smidge, until 2/24/16. We are also creating some fun and useful tools to support the conference attendee community, but this is not my topic for today. Today I’m thinking about the interplay between individual and community. The way each individual is unique and uniquely contributes to the make up of the community, however that is defined, and how interdependent the individual and the community are.
In the past week, we’ve seen compelling and impassioned leadership from an 18 year and a state agency head both desiring to protect children from the faulty products of e-cigarettes, vaping and tobacco. The facts as we know them on these products are, of course, very important.
My birthday was this week. The Healthy Gen team gave me some great birthday gifts and one of them is the ability for you to now share comments at the end of this blog so that we can be in an interactive conversation! I am so excited! Please say hi and share some thoughts when you are done reading!
Here we are. 2016. How the heck did THAT happen? Are you with me on this? I haven’t yet spoken to someone who isn’t saying things like “gosh I’m so slammed already,” or “I had hoped to get some quiet time during the holiday lull to get organized and ready for 2016, but I couldn’t find the time!”
Washington State’s own Laura Porter is featured in this powerful documentary which Redford says was the impetus for him to go on and make Paper Tigers, now screening to sell out crowds all over the country. Paper Tigers focuses on students from Walla Walla’s alternative Lincoln High School, a story we are all are very familiar with and proud of here in Washington State.
Today I want to talk about space. I love space. You’re wondering how that relates to health equity? Well, you’ll just have to hang in there with me.
I’ve always been captivated by the idea of space. What’s out there? What does it tell us about ourselves? We’re all stardust after all. I always day dreamed about going in to outer space. I’m an avid sci fi reader. I love pictures from our amazing space probes and telescopes. I get daily eblasts from NASA on my home email. Seriously...
I always feel conflicted about Thanksgiving. For some, Thanksgiving can be a painful reminder of dysfunctional childhoods or a time that puts into stark relief how some have so much and others have so little. I don’t feel good celebrating the way in which European-Americans took over the land of Native Americans after having received lifesaving kindness. But I do feel good about the idea of taking time to give thanks and to be thoughtful about all we do have to be thankful for. I know more and more people who are taking time in their daily lives to focus for a few minutes on what they are grateful for and have found this practice to be rewarding and contributing to well being.
Let’s face it, most of us in the Pacific Northwest are pretty used to water. It’s all around us in the form of the ocean, the Puget Sound, many rivers and lakes. And of course, rain. Rain. More rain. Did I mention rain? It comes down from the sky with a regularity that either delights or dismays, depending on your personal weather preferences. I’m in the generally delighted category.
Do you ever feel like your daily work life is basically one gigantic game of Jenga? It seems I don’t really know anyone right now, including myself, who doesn’t feel they need more time than they have to accomplish the things they need to get done. We all feel pretty overwhelmed it seems. And forget about the things that we WANT to do, versus those “musts” that keep piling up in front of us.
Sometimes the cause comes from others. Maybe your big project was someone else’s Jenga tower block they chose to pull! Maybe you fell prey, as I have from time to time, to the “eyes too big for my stomach” habit of saying “yes” to too many exciting and cool sounding things.
Flu season is coming and it turns out the latest preventive prescription is hugs!! Isn’t that so awesome?! #hugs4health! I cherish a good hug. I regularly warn people when I’m meeting them for the first time and they extend a hand to shake, “nope, I’m a hugger, I’m coming in for the hug!” Of course I pay attention to body language, if the person looks horrified or the situation is culturally inappropriate, I back off and respect their space. But in my experience virtually all people will return my grin and hug me right back.
Virginia Satir, one of the key figures in the development of family therapy, considered to be the mother of Family System Therapy, is famous for saying: