(((Sigh)))

I wasn’t kidding about needing a break from the darkness. I am a social worker and sometimes the sheer capacity of people willingly and purposefully trying to bring harm to each other–it’s immeasurable. I see dark things on a regular basis. Compounding that, is my desire to keep up with the local, national, and international news. I make a conscious effort to only read it for a few days a … Continue reading (((Sigh)))

Elle Cast 15: Special Guest Larry Coble With Chicago350 (Part I)

Welcome back to my podcast Alert, Aware, Mindful. This episode features Special Guest Larry Coble with Chicago 350.org. Find out which U.S. city is in the most danger of sinking in a swamp and about Oil bomb trains, both two pieces of information I did not know myself. So listen in on our conversation about Fossil Fuels, Climate Change and Activism/Beer Making. Thanks for listening, … Continue reading Elle Cast 15: Special Guest Larry Coble With Chicago350 (Part I)

Alert! I love this quote. She hits the nail on head of the way I feel.- A Beautiful Synchronicity

There is something in me that feels that it must work to change things about myself and about the world, even as there is something more profound that knows that nothing needs me to change anything at all — rather, there are simply changes taking place, changes that are changing me, changes that must take place, changes that are meant to be. via A Beautiful … Continue reading Alert! I love this quote. She hits the nail on head of the way I feel.- A Beautiful Synchronicity

Stress Less: Episode Ten: Beauty and Fear

Black Power PikSelf Care — Stress Less: Beauty and fear

Ok so I do find it funny that the self care part of my site “fell off” as the kids say, just as my life kicked into high gear this year. So that is my bear to wrestle, to keep staying on my regimen (yoga, meditation, clean eating, etc.). My thoughts have been full of this desire to wear my hair natural. I was nervous because I’ve finally gotten to a point in my life where my hair looks good. I can be creative with styling and it’s pretty much no work at all. Everything else is work, even the buzzed blond look I’ve always admired on other women, but have been too scared to try. To be frank, I’d rather sleep the extra 30 minutes, than experience hair drama every morning. So I went natural for about 3 weeks before getting it braided again. I studied youtube videos to figure how to style my hair without heat, because the whole point of going natural is to let my hair be healthy and heat can cause damage. I learned how to condition, what to condition with and for how long. Continue reading “Stress Less: Episode Ten: Beauty and Fear”

New Elle Cast Episode 7: Special Guest Anne S.

Download here and stream by clicking below. This week’s Elle Cast features Anne S.* who works in an urban Alternative HS. She shares some of her experiences in the field. I also end this week’s Called to Action segment with yet another unknown singer/songwriter…me! You can check out the rest of my music and DJ pursuits by clicking on the Elle Music tab on my … Continue reading New Elle Cast Episode 7: Special Guest Anne S.

Elle Cast 4: This Side of Town

***Remember Alert.Aware, Mindful is every other Monday!***   Listen here and download here. Song: This Side of Town by Voice4Education AAM Episode #4         (Loosely based Transcript) Greetings,   My name is Elle Madelyn and this is my podcast Alert Aware Mindful or AAM for short, which includes my own thoughts and reactions to current events, pop culture, social justice activism and consciousness, I will also discuss … Continue reading Elle Cast 4: This Side of Town