Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace

Feb 10, 2011
Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace

Workplace Diversity, at heart, means that all of the types of persons living in the community are represented in the workplace. One of the reasons that people think that diversity is a good idea is that whenever there are issues or problems to work on, it helps to have a wide range of perspectives on the problem so that a wider range of possible solutions can be envisioned. When you look at the issue this way, you can see how much diversity increases productivity!


Mom vs. Modern Medicine

Feb 09, 2011
Mom vs. Modern Medicine

Last week in Delaware County, Philadelphia a 16-year old boy by the name of Mazeratti Mitchell was injured in a high school wrestling match.  Mazeratti was flipped over and hit his head during a practice match that resulted in him lying motionless on the floor for several minutes.  After being rushed to the hospital, doctors examined the boy and suggested both steroids and surgery to stabilize Mazeratti’s spine – with the hope of minimizing any potential bruising and paralysis.  Mazeratti’s parents refused to follow the doctors recommendations, and instead his mother (who is a herbal healer) is planning to utilize homeopathic methods such as “Herbs, reflexology and spine manipulation” to treat their son.


My Job is Making My Kids Obese?!

Feb 09, 2011
My Job is Making My Kids Obese?!

When I first read about the results of a research study from American University in Washington, Cornell University and the University of Chicago where it reported that working mothers were more likely to have obese children, my first inclination was to be alarmed. I am a working mother!  Then I took offense to it. Then I wondered if it even applies to me since I work part time and I didn’t know if the researchers took that into account in the study.  Then I started theorizing on how I could sort of see how it may be a contributing factor, based on personal experience anyway. Maybe I am more likely to be worn out from work at the end of the day and choose the McDonald’s drive thru and an episode of iCarly as our evening meal/activity instead of a healthier or more active option. And I can also see how the guilt of being gone so much can sometimes lead us to try to put a smile on our kids’ faces, so if they ask for a doughnut and SpongeBob, well then . . . . . . But on the other hand, when I am mentally and physically exhausted from work, I tend to like to go home and throw myself into something other than work, like cooking for example, or taking the kids to the park and playing a ridiculous game of Silly-Face Freeze-Tag (I’ll admit, if the park is crowded, I tend to wimp out on this one).


When Good People Say Bad Things

Feb 08, 2011
When Good People Say Bad Things

It’s not uncommon that people ask me questions about disability. They know it’s what I spend the large majority of my time studying…so it only makes sense. But sometimes those conversations happen when I am least expecting it. Those unexpected conversations, though, always seem to be the best.


Robotic Romeo

Feb 08, 2011
Robotic Romeo

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? But this Romeo has nothing to do with Shakespeare and everything to do with robots being a companion and helpmate. And not like that…if you were thinking “hmmm, Romeo huh?”


Work!

Feb 08, 2011
Work!

Over the past few months we have heard so much about “how terrible the economy is and how impossible it is to find work”- but I, for one, don’t believe it!


The Power of Vision

Feb 07, 2011
The Power of Vision

Vision is, by far, one of the most relied on senses, yet how come when creating goals and outlining passions do we so often lose this extremely important sense of sight?


Teaching Sports to students with special needs: A tripod of influences

Feb 07, 2011

In 2002, Harvard University Professor Robert Ferguson was interested in understanding why some students seemed to underachieve at school – especially boys from different ethnic backgrounds. Ferguson initiated the Tripod Project to evaluate a “tripod” of influences that he believed were essential for successful learning: Content – what you teach; pedagogy – how you teach it, and the importance of relationships in the life of the student.  A simple logic underscored The Tripod Project: Each “leg” is important and balances the other.  When applied to a sports coaching and teaching context the implications were clear: You may be a coach with a deep knowledge of sports (content), but if you don’t know how to effectively teach this content, the tripod is unstable.  You may have excellent teaching skills but if you are poor at building and developing relationships with your students (athletes), again, the “tripod” is not balanced.


Finding Freedom, Joy, and Empowerment Through Dance

Feb 04, 2011
Finding Freedom, Joy, and Empowerment Through Dance

“Dance is not how far a child can reach their legs or arms. It is the creation, the sharing, and the partaking that is the beauty. We don’t ask how much can you move, we simply say… come dance with us.”

– Zina Bethune, founder and artistic director, Infinite Dreams (from the Infinite Dreams website)


Read to Me!

Feb 04, 2011
Read to Me!

I love to read, fiction especially. I love the smell of new books. Heck, I love the smell of the old books. I love it, but I don’t do it anymore. I mean, I’ll certainly pick up a People Magazine in the waiting room at my dentist’s office and read all about the new child that Brad and Angelina just adopted, but I rarely ever pick up an actual, legitimate book anymore. Part of it is that I know myself too well. If I like a book, I tend to get so wrapped up in it that I can’t do anything else until I finish it, and then everything around me suffers (including beauty sleep and even my poor children’s meals).