500 Days of Women | Day 9 | Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, circa 1846-1847 Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was an American poet who lived a complex and seemingly tortured life. She died at age 55 before most of her life's work received recognition or was published. The Emily Dickinson Museum is located in her former home of Amherst, Massachusetts. Emily is described as having suffered from …

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500 Days of Women | Day IV | Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, is being applauded for her response to the Christchurch, NZ shooting. In the days following the tragedy, she: spoke of unity, not revengefocused on the victims, not the perpetratorencouraged unity, not revengebanned the weapons used in the assault Ardern is a feminist, progressive politician. In 2018 she set …

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2018

I've been on a social media sabbatical, but even without much online time, I noted many people expressing relief at the end of 2018. There are many current world events that make things seem frightening and perhaps hopeless. Consider for example the following brief list from an article outlining 10 of the most significant world …

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Anxiety doesn’t want your advice about stress management, and neither do I.

Thank you for this post – it articulates quite accurately what it feels like trying to make the distinction between anxiety and stress. It’s a bit like two people in wheelchairs where one is paralyzed and the other has two broken legs. At that moment the challenges are similar, but for one they continue long term.

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Please stop responding to my anxiety with, “stress isn’t good for you, you know.” 

I know. 

I do know, because I can’t tell you how much money has been spent on profesional help and medication, or even the physical illnesses that never seem to end, as the distress my body experiences is a result of my anxiety. 

“You’re really stressed out, you really need to learn how to calm down.” 

I would be rich enough to afford therapy more often if I had a cent for every time I’ve heard that in my life. I’m nervous, jumpy, and always clouded with an agitated sense of urgency; I worry a lot, and make small things seem big. Before exams, I’m panicking, and when something goes wrong, I freak out. I have split ends, I bite my nails, I’m not good at relaxing, and I have a generalized…

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October 24 is United Nations Day — Today I Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s Work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On October 24, 1945, the United Nations was established by the UN Charter. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first American delegate to the UN, the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights, and she presided over the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the garden of the UN Headquarters in New York, there …

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