How To Incorporate Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is another practical way to incorporate mindfulness into your life. This practice involves eating slowly, savoring each bite, and removing distractions such as television or smartphones. It’s about connecting with the experience of eating and the food itself. By noticing the colors, smells, and textures of your food, you can foster a deeper appreciation for your meals and the nourishment they provide.

Mindful eating can transform the way you think about food and mealtime. By paying attention to the flavors, textures, and smells of your food, you can enjoy your meals more and often find you eat less. This practice also encourages healthier eating habits and a more balanced relationship with food. Over time, you may find that you’re more attuned to your body’s hunger and fullness cues, leading to healthier portion sizes and improved digestion.

Black Inventors Who Made Daily Life Easier

Most people have heard about famous inventions like the light bulb, the cotton gin and the iPhone. But there are countless other, often overlooked inventions that make our daily lives easier. Among the creative innovators behind these devices are African American inventors.

Improved Ironing Board, Invented by Sarah Boone in 1892

The ironing board is a product that’s used possibly just as much as it’s overlooked. In the late 19th century, it was improved upon by Sarah Boone, an African American woman who was born enslaved. One of the first Black women in U.S. history to receive a patent, she expanded upon the original ironing board, which was essentially a horizontal wooden block originally patented in 1858. With Boone’s 1892 additions, the board featured a narrower and curved design, making it easier to iron garments, particularly women’s clothing. Boone’s design would morph into the modern ironing board that we use today.

Home Security System, Co-Invented by Mary Van Brittan Brown in 1966

Before security systems became a fixture in homes, an African American nurse Mary Van Brittan Brown, devised an early security unit for her own home. She spent many nights at home alone in Queens, New York while her husband was away, and felt unsafe with high rates of crime in her neighborhood. On top of that, police were unreliable and unresponsive. So she created a device that would help put her mind at ease.

In 1966, Brown invented a system that used a camera that could slide into and look through four peepholes in her front door. The camera’s view would then appear on a monitor in her home so she could survey any potentially unwanted guests.

She added other features to the system, including a microphone to speak to anyone at the door, a button to unlock the door, and a button to contact the police. She and her husband took out a patent for the system in the same year, and they were awarded the patent three years later in 1969. Home security systems commonly used today took various elements from her design.

The Three-Light Traffic Signal, Invented by Garrett Morgan in 1923

With only an elementary school education, Black inventor (and son of an enslaved parent), Garrett Morgan came up with several significant inventions, including an improved sewing machine and the gas mask. However, one of Morgan’s most influential inventions was the improved traffic light. Morgan’s was one of the first three-light systems that were invented in the 1920s, resulting in widespread adoption of the traffic lights we take for granted today.

Thanks to the successes of his other inventions, Morgan bought and car and, as a motorist, he witnessed a severe car accident at an intersection in his city of Cleveland, Ohio. In response, he decided to expand on the current traffic light by adding a “yield” component, warning oncoming drivers of an impending stop. He took out the patent for the creation in 1923, and it was granted to him the following year.

Refrigerated Trucks, Invented by Frederick McKinley Jones in 1940

If your refrigerator has any produce from your local grocery store, then you can credit African American inventor Frederick McKinley Jones. Jones took out more than 60 patents throughout his life, including a patent for the roof-mounted cooling system that’s used to refrigerate goods on trucks during extended transportation in the mid-1930s. He received a patent for his invention in 1940, and co-founded the U.S. Thermo Control Company, later known as Thermo King. The company was critical during World War II, helping to preserve blood, food and supplies during the war.

4 Ways to Save a Life

4 Ways to Save a Life   September is suicide prevention awareness month. At some point in our lives, many of us have felt so overwhelmed by depression and devoid of hope that we have thought about taking our own life or someone close to us has felt that way.

According to CDC figures, there were nearly twice as many suicides as homicides in the United States in 2020. In fact, suicide was the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34, the third for those aged 15-24, and the fourth for those 35-44. For anyone not in the grip of depression and despair, it can be difficult to understand why someone would want to take their own life. But the truth is that when someone’s suffering has become unbearable, suicide can seem like the only way out.

A suicidal person does not want to die, they just want the pain to stop. The last few years have been particularly difficult for many people, for many different reasons. But if you know someone who is desperate and may be considering suicide, there are things you can do to help save their life.

Recognize the warning signs Most suicidal people signal their intentions, however subtly. They may talk about death or harming themselves, feel hopeless and have nothing to look forward to, or gather drugs or weapons to act on their thoughts. They may also lose interest in day-to-day activities, neglect their appearance, or demonstrate dramatic swings in mood, behavior, sleeping, and eating patterns.  

Speak up It is never easy to talk to someone about suicide, especially if you’re worried you might be wrong or scared about upsetting the person. But speaking up now can help save your loved one’s life. Start by simply saying you are concerned about the changes in their mood or outlook. Listen to them express their feelings without judging or arguing. Then let them know that they’re not alone, you care deeply and want to help.  

Offer support You are not responsible for making a suicidal person get better. But you can encourage them to get help whether that is seeing a mental health professional or calling a crisis line. You can also help your loved one make a safety plan, steps they can take in a suicidal crisis, such as calling you, their therapist, or a helpline. If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call the emergency services number but never leave the person alone. 

Do not believe common misconceptions about suicide There is still a lot of stigma and misinformation surrounding suicidal thoughts and actions. Keep in mind the following: Feeling suicidal is not a character defect and it does not mean that someone is crazy or weak. It simply means that they have more emotional pain than they can cope with right now. Trying to fix a suicidal person’s problems, giving advice, or telling them how much they have to live for isn’t helpful. It is not about how bad their problem is, but how badly it is hurting them. You will not give someone suicidal ideas by talking about suicide. But talking openly and honestly about it can help save your loved one’s life and put them on the road to recovery.

Create A Plan Of Action

Trying to achieve a goal without a plan of action is like trying to build a house without a blueprint. You might be able to cobble something together, but it’s unlikely to be structurally sound or aesthetically pleasing. Conversely, a well-constructed plan can help you stay on track, avoid pitfalls, and ultimately achieve your goal.

Of course, creating a plan is only the first step; you must execute it effectively. That means setting realistic milestones, breaking down complex tasks into smaller steps, and monitoring your progress. If you find that you’re not making the progress you had hoped for, don’t be afraid to adjust your plan accordingly. The important thing is to keep moving forward until you reach your destination.

Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

When working towards a goal, it’s also important not to be afraid of failing. Failure is a part of the process; without it, you wouldn’t be able to learn and grow. Of course, it’s not pleasant to fail, but it’s important to remember that everyone experiences failure at some point in their lives. What separates successful people from those who don’t achieve their goals is that they don’t let failure discourage them.

Instead, they use it as a learning opportunity to help them get one step closer to their goal. So, don’t be afraid to fail if you’re working towards something and hit a setback. Remember that it’s all part of the journey.

April is stress awareness month

Everyone experiences stress at one point or another in their lives. However, we all experience stress and respond to stressful situations in different ways. How do you respond to stress? Where do you feel it in your body? Developing healthy ways to cope with stress and seeking support when needed is essential to living a healthy and fulfilling life.

Next time you feel stressed out, try one of the following:

Meditate, exercise

go for a walk

practice a breathing exercise

talk to a trusted friend

Celebrating National School Social Work Week, March 6-12, 2022.

The theme this year is “Time to Shine” 

This week provides the opportunity to celebrate the vital role that School Social Workers play to engage all students and the school community in the education process.

This is your Time to Shine! 

During these challenging times, your role is critical to address crisis intervention and prevention, attendance, addiction, disability, poverty or homelessness, grief and other barriers that can prevent students from reaching their full potential. Your work is priceless. Happy National School Social Work Week to all school social workers.

Women’s History Month

International Women’s Day

March 8, A Unique Date All Over the World

March is Women’s History Month. Nevertheless, international Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year by women’s groups around the world. It is also celebrated at the United Nation (UN), and in many countries, it is a national holiday. When women from all continents, often divided by national borders and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can see, if they look back, that it is a tradition representing at least 90 years of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

Women who made history

International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women who made history. It has its roots in the struggle led by women for centuries to participate in society on an equal footing with men. In Greek antiquity, Lysistrata launched a « sex strike » against men to end war. During the French Revolution, Parisian women demanding « liberty, equality, fraternity » marched on Versailles to demand women’s suffrage.

The idea of ​​an International Women’s Day emerged at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, a period characterized in the industrialized world by expansion and effervescence, explosive population growth and the emergence of radical ideologies.

Chronological landmarks

1909 – In accordance with a declaration by the American Socialist Party, the first National Women’s Day was observed throughout the United States on February 28. Women continued to celebrate this day on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

1910 – The Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen established an international Women’s Day to honor the movement for women’s rights and to help achieve universal suffrage for women. The proposal was unanimously approved by the conference which included more than 100 women from 17 countries, including the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament. No specific date has been set for this celebration.

1911 – Following the decision taken in Copenhagen the previous year, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time, on March 19, in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training, and an end to discrimination in the workplace.

Less than a week later, on March 25, the tragic fire at the Triangle workshop in New York claimed the lives of more than 140 workers, mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a strong influence on labor law in the United States, and the working conditions that led to this disaster were discussed during subsequent celebrations of International Women’s Day.

1913-1914 – As part of the pacifist movement fermenting on the eve of World War I, Russian women celebrated their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday of February 1913. In other European countries, the 8 March or a day or two from that date, women held rallies either to protest against the war or to express their solidarity with their sisters.

1917 – With two million Russian soldiers killed in the war, Russian women again chose the last Sunday in February to strike for ‘bread and peace’. The political leaders protested against the date chosen for this strike, but the women ignored it. The rest is in the history books: four days later the Tsar was forced to abdicate, and the Provisional Government granted women the right to vote. This historic Sunday fell on February 23 in the Julian calendar then in use in Russia, but March 8 in the Georgian calendar used elsewhere.

Since these years, International Women’s Day has taken on a new global dimension in both developed and developing countries. The burgeoning women’s movement, which had been bolstered by four United Nations-sponsored world conferences on women, helped make the observance of the Day the rallying point for coordinated efforts to demand the realization women’s rights and their participation in the political and economic process. Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress, call for change, and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of human rights.


George Crum “The inventor of French Fries”

George Crum was born as George Speck in 1822 in Saratoga Lake, New York, the son of a Huron Native-American mother and an African-American father who worked as a jockey. He worked for a while as a mountain guide and trapper in the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

In 1853 he became the head chef at the Cary Moon’s Lake House in Lake Saratoga, New York and on one evening set out preparing the evening dinner for the guests. He intended to make French fries but a guest complained that they were too thick. Annoyed, he prepared another batch and sliced the potatoes extremely thin. After deep frying them in oil he found them very thin and very crisp and after adding salt found that the guests loved them. George began preparing the potatoes this way and they would soon become known as potato chips.

In 1860 George decided to open his own restaurant on Malta Avenue in Saratoga Lake. He featured potato chips as appetizers on each table. The restaurant was very successful and operated for 30 years, closing in 1890. Unfortunately, he never patented the potato chip, nor sought to market them outside of his restaurant. A few years after he retired, however, potato chips were mass marketed by others and would eventually become a six billion dollar a year industry.

Votre Enfance

Les événements traumatisants qui se sont produits lorsque vous étiez enfant peuvent continuer à affecter votre niveau de stress et votre santé globale à l’âge adulte. Une étude de 2014 de l’Université du Wisconsin-Madison a révélé que ceux-ci peuvent en fait modifier les parties du cerveau responsables du traitement du stress et des émotions. La façon dont vous avez été élevé peut également avoir un impact durable sur votre angoisse quotidienne, suggère une étude de l’Université Johns Hopkins de 2014. Les chercheurs ont découvert que les enfants de parents souffrant de troubles d’anxiété sociale sont plus susceptibles de développer une « anxiété par ruissellement » – pas simplement à cause de leurs gènes, mais à cause de leur envers eux, comme un manque de chaleur et d’émotion, ou des niveaux élevés de critique et doute.