“If we could read the secret history of our enemies,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “we should see sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” Here’s a true fact: On November 6, 1963, when she was 18, Laura Bush ran a stop sign in Midland, Texas and crashed into a Chevy, killing the 17-year-old driver, Mike Douglas, who happened to be a friend of hers … Continue reading

I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White. – YouTube

A Thoughtful video on labeling and the soul.  Since he mentions race many of the commenters are getting caught up in the branches without examining the roots (i.e. missing the message that we are all deeper than our skin color and so much alike than different. We are socialized to like and dislike certain things and to embrace being who someone else believes we should be.  Like I … Continue reading I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White. – YouTube

Righting Wrong (Try Try Again) by DJ Elle Madelyn | Free listening on SoundCloud

Hello All! It’s been a while, but I have been starting the new year off right with more music and a cleanse of my body, mind and living space. Something about this year has put me in a mental state of “let’s just *do* this already.” It’s like my patience expired on my last birthday and I suddenly can not deal with the clutter in … Continue reading Righting Wrong (Try Try Again) by DJ Elle Madelyn | Free listening on SoundCloud

Reposting* Elle Cast

I wanted to repost this episode with Philip Montgomery. We are discussing his job working with homeless Chicago LGBT youth. Mr. Montgomery also talks about working with youth who experience survival sex to support themselves. Philip is able to capture the poignancy of the situations but is also really, really funny.  It’s a good time! Check both parts one and two. Continue reading Reposting* Elle Cast

No podcast again. Holiday Hours in effect

Which basically means my real life is taking over due to holiday madness and travel plan-age. I do have an intriguing interview with a professional in Restorative Justice, who cut her teeth on working with primarily youth in the NY court system, local communities, and public school system. We explore the benefits of rehabilitative and restorative justice to combat return offenders, the school to prison pipeline, and helps … Continue reading No podcast again. Holiday Hours in effect

Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate

Haben Girma was born deaf-blind but she had access to opportunities afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Girma is Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate and her academic achievements have catapulted her advocacy career, fighting for the rights of people with disabilities Source: Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate Continue reading Meet Haben Girma, Harvard Law’s first deaf-blind graduate

(((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)))