“This book is an easy and fun read, a very friendly tool that can help kids get to know and befriend the different dimensions of themselves. It also provides their parents and therapists with a way to help them along their path to self-knowledge and rich and ever greater wholeness.” — Dr. David Stern
“Know Thyself” is a lovely, accessible introduction to Jung’s archetypes. It is suitable for kids of all ages (and the Jung at heart). Marek’s delightful workbook deserves a spot in any child therapist’s (or parent’s) library. — David Jaffe, LICSW
“Know Thyself” is available here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/kiersten-marek/know-thyself-a-kids-guide-to-the-archetypes/paperback/product-20212610.html
In following up on Nancy’s post about unequal pay for women, here is a good video for considering the question of how to get more girls and women into leadership roles. What Happens To 3 Out Of 4 Girls After Leafing Through A Fashion Mag For 3 Minutes?
From Cranston Councilman-Elect Steve Stycos (Congratulations, Steve! I am proud to have worked for your campaign!), some advice for the season and news of upcoming events:
BAKE, BABY, BAKE
The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market will have plenty of good food left this Saturday, Saturday November 13 and at our big final Thanksgiving market Saturday November 20.
It’s getting cold, so it is a good time to bake and keep your kitchen warm too. Barden Orchards has several varieties of apples for pies or crisps. The Xiongs have potatoes, carrots and greens. Zephyr Farm has eggs, onions and squash for frittatas. Bob Fratantuono has green house tomatoes. Bernie Bieder has honey.
The recently concluded political campaign was loaded with talk about supporting small business, but the best way to help small businesses is to buy local. Many other Rhode Island markets close at Halloween, but we stay open for another three weeks of growing and buying local.
UPCOMING HALL LIBRARY EVENTS
Saturday November 6th, 10 AM-12 PM: Read to a Dog. Children in grades 1 and up are invited to read to Abby, a certified therapy dog. Space is limited. Call Megan at the Hall Library to register for a time slot.
Sunday November 7th, 2 PM: The “Jazz in the Hall” series concludes with a newly formed band from the Edgewood area. The Philtones play everything from the American Songbook to bebop classics. The band is made up of Phil Mullen, sax; Phil Plant, guitar, Bob Asprinio, bass; and Rick Couto, on the drums. The audience will enjoy their enthusiastic and professional style.
Wednesday November 17th, 6:30 PM: Reading in the Hall. The library book discussion group will discuss This I believe: the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. Based on the National Public Radio series of the same name, This I Believe features eighty essayists from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins the book’s title.
See you Saturday at the market.
I especially like the library event for kids to read to Abby, the certified therapy dog! Sounds like fun!
It’s fun, outdoors, educational and has food and music — what could be better? Energy Independence Day in Rhode Island is just 10 Days away! More information is available at the event website.
One of the better food places to locate in Cranston of late is the Chipotle in Garden City. So imagine my delight when I heard that they are sponsoring a campaign to give $50,000 to a fund to improve the quality of school lunches. From a blog called Love and Trash:
“We don’t like junk. Not in our inboxes and not in our food.” – that’s the campaign slogan. Participation is simple: when you get a junk email, you forward it to email@example.com. For every 100,000 emails they receive, they’ll give $10,000 to The Lunch Box to advocate and educate for better school food. Their top limit: $50,000.
Sounds good to me. I would LOVE to see the quality of school lunches improve — there is so much long-term value in feeding our children well.
EWG’s scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource. Take your shampoo or your child’s lip gloss or moisturizer and read more about the danger here: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/. Our epidermis is the largest body organ and approximately 60% of what we put on our bodies is absorbing these toxic ingredients. Those who know me know that I am committed to researching and sharing information about potentially harmful facts. We all are trying to attain a healthy lifestyle and yet, we daily sabotage our bodies (through hair, hygiene, and skincare products) with carcinogens so monstrous they are literally harming our future abilities to procreate, fight off cancers and the like.
It is sickening that the Personal Care Industry is undermining our abilities to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cancer has become a common affliction or fatality and will further continue to rise. Science reflects that toxins sit in the fatty cells of our bodies (i.e., breasts). Water, food, air, materials and personal care products all have toxins and this is completely unacceptable when you do the math and see how a combination has violated the EPA and FDA acceptable toxin limits.
I plan to update the blog with information to aid you in making better choices. In doing so, I am hopeful to you will see the damage that is being done and make a lifestyle change. For now, here are some facts to ponder.
Currently 1,100 toxic ingredients which are banned in Europe but we allow them here. I have studied toxins for years and I am sick to death of what has only been available to my children.
UPDATE: Video of the President’s speech to school children is available here. I thought it was an incredible speech, and I agree with Nancy that students who got to see it live were fortunate to participate in an event that probably made them feel more connected to the President and his amazing life story. This was also the most social-work-friendly Presidential speech I have ever heard. Between inspiring stories of foster children succeeding academically, to very personal messages of the difficulties of education, to reminders to wash your hands, and a pre-speech reminder to kids about not putting anything bad on Facebook — this national pep talk had it all!
ORIGINAL POST: The White House is providing live stream of the President’s speech to school children here.
You can also watch the President’s speech to children live at 12 noon here.
If you are on Facebook, you can also watch the video and participate in the Facebook discussion of it here.
In the good news department, Church of the Ascension (interview with Rector of Ascension Greg Lisby) in Cranston will be receiving $11,000 from the Episcopal Diocese to start a children’s music program.
This is wonderful news. Speaking personally, it has been a tremendous joy to watch my older daughter develop her musical skills as a member of the St. Cecilia choir at St. Luke’s in East Greenwich. There are 54 choristers in the choir at St. Luke’s and they have done some wonderful singing this year, both in church and in the production of their Cantata, “The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit.” The children are also instructed in music theory following the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.
Ascension is hoping to begin a program modeled on the successful program at St. Luke’s. Stay tuned for updates and announcements as we invite the community to participate in and benefit from this program. For those parents in Cranston who feel like they want their children to have more education in music than they get in public school, the program starting at Ascension may be the place to come.
On a side note, Church of Ascension has become a Goodsearch charity. Click on this link to start Goodsearching to benefit Church of the Ascension.