The authors of the bestseller How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk have some great ideas that can help any parent. It’s really powerful, impressive advice.But here’s the odd thing: reading the book, I could have swore I had seen similar ideas before. And I had…When I was interviewing and researching FBI hostage negotiators.
“Henry David Thoreau’s classic book Walden recounts two years the author spent living in solitary harmony with the wilderness. The book’s premise is that all humans could live simply and naturally, as Thoreau did. As a teenager, I loved Walden. Years later, as an exhausted working mother, I learned something Thoreau failed to mention in his journal: The entire time he was roughing it, his mother and sisters helped care for his needs, hauling in food and hauling out laundry. The reason Thoreau didn’t write about this is that he took it for granted.”
I began this article with interest, thinking how I’ve never thought to compare dialysis units; I always just go where my doctor sends me. I DO, however, research doctors and hospitals, so would I not be looking at Dialysis Units?
As I read on I was saddened to see that they are being graded on a ‘curve’ and that things patients find useful (attentiveness, for one) are often not on the list of criteria.
Ah well, it is mostly a guessing game with hospitals and doctors, too. After all, where I received my first transplant is highly ranked, but I dislike it. (Granted, that may be because it was my first and I had nothing to compare it to!)
This piece speaks beyond to what ISIS is doing, and into the depths of history, wherein societal memory is all that remains. I appreciate the viewpoint, history, and facts presented in this. The points presented are rarely (if ever) brought home to us by mainstream media.
In light of my article this morning, this part really stands out to me: “In ancient Rome, damnatio memoriae – the damnation of memory – was an act that could be passed by the Senate against any person, often emperors or elites, who brought the Roman city-state into disrepute. Its intent was to remove any trace of that person so that it would be as if he had never existed.”
I shudder at the thought that this power was actually conceived of and agreed to… Obviously a point of too much power.
And then I wonder… (based on my article from this morning) what if we took that kind of power for ourselves, individually? What if we were able to release not actual memories (for I do believe they serve us), but the emotions of those memories that haunt us?
Could we then rest? Simply be? While growing. Nurturing.
Originally posted on Benjamin Wilkie:
In recent days, we have seen fresh examples of a war against memory in the Middle East, waged by the Islamist organisation, ISIS. In late-February, videos surfaced depicting the destruction ancient Assyrian cultural artefacts in a Mosul museum (the video might have been staged, but the message remains). On March 6, disturbing reports emerged that militants had assaulted the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, around 300km southeast of Mosul, destroying it with bulldozers.
These acts of cultural desecration and destruction in the Middle East have precedents. In 2013, Jabhat al-Nusra militants marched on the Syrian city of Jasim to destroy its statue of the non-conformist poet, Abu Tammam. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s militants replicated this act in Mosul in 2014, when he took to that city with bulldozers and brought destruction on countless archaeological sites and cultural treasures, including the Tomb of Jonah. In 2001, the Taliban targeted ‘shrines of the…
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