Thursday, 30 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- Children who have been abused by their parents might have more trouble sleeping when they are age 60 and older, U.S. researcher found.
Lead author Cecilia Y. M. Poon, a doctoral student at the University of Southern California's Davis School of Gerontology and colleagues conducted an analysis of data from 877 adults age 60 and older found that early parental emotional abuse was associated with a higher number of sleep complaints in old age.
However, it was emotional abuse, rather than physical abuse or emotional neglect, which was linked to trouble getting a good night's sleep as a senior, Poon says.
"A negative early attachment continues to exert an influence on our well being decades later through an accumulation of stressful interpersonal experiences across our lives," Poon says in a statement.
"The impact of abuse stays in the system. Emotional trauma may limit a person's ability to fend for themselves emotionally and successfully navigate the social world."
The study data was from 3,500 adults who responded to questions about their childhood, then a decade later, they were asked follow-up questions about sleep, relationships and emotional distress. Poon's study analyzed answers from those age 60 and older.
The findings are published in the Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences.
Friday, 17 June 2011
though i kinda think the building in brooklyn should be turned into condos . . . that might help pay down the deficit. rent in that neighborhood is so steep . . . don't sell, turn it into something cool ;)
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
President Obama to Host Military Fathers and Children for Screening of Cars 2 in Advance of Father's Day
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2011
President Obama to Host Military Fathers and Children for Screening of Cars 2 in Advance of Father's Day
To Help Fathers and Kids Connect, Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative to Include New Partnerships with Organizations Including Bowling Centers, Sports Leagues, Zoos, Aquariums, LivingSocial and Groupon.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, President Barack Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative will kick off a year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families through events highlighting the important role fathers play in creating strong families. Over the past two years, the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative has helped fathers nation-wide engage with their families by providing support for local fatherhood programs, town halls around the nation, partnerships with outside organizations and throughwww.fatherhood.gov. This effort is supportive of all families, and affirms the central role of mothers in the lives of our children, especially those who have stepped up to the plate when dads haven't been around.
“Father’s Day reminds us parents that we have no more solemn obligation than to care for our children. But far too many young people in America grow up without their dads, and our families and communities are challenged as a result,” said President Obama. “Through my administration’s fatherhood initiative and the year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, we’re taking steps to offer men who want to be good fathers a little extra help, while working with partners around the country to encourage personal responsibility and help fathers connect with kids.”
Today, President Obama will host military fathers and their children for a screening of Cars 2 from Disney•Pixar. As a commitment to the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, major studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers and Fox are hosting special movie screenings for military families throughout the year. The Walt Disney Studios is kicking off the Joining Forces Summer Movie Series with a special advanced screening of Cars 2 at the White House today June 15th. President Obama also wrotean essay on fatherhood in People Magazine.
Fatherlessness is a growing crisis in America, one that underlies many of the challenges that families are facing. When dads are not around, young people are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs, be involved in the criminal justice system, and become young parents themselves. Fathers are facing more challenges than ever before - from military dads coming home after deployment to unemployed fathers struggling to make ends meet. That’s why through the year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative is working to promote simple, yet meaningful, opportunities for dads and kids to connect through partnerships with organizations like bowling centers, sports leagues, zoos and aquariums and companies like LivingSocial and Groupon.
Additionally, the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Office of Public Engagement have worked with cabinet secretaries across government to hold events highlighting fatherhood and mentorship:
· June 13th: On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan encouraged fathers and father figures to become more involved in education at a Watch D.O.G.S. program taking place at Two Rivers Public Charter School. Duncan was joined by Principle Maggie Bello and Watch D.O.G.S. coordinator Eric Snow. He toured the school and discussed the importance of father involvement in schools and education with students, parents and community members. He also spent time with participants of the Watch D.O.G.S. program and children who they’ve impacted.
· June 17-19th: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will announce a new effort to focus on fathers in public housing.
· June 20th: Through the Office of Public Engagement’s “Champions of Change” website, the White House will spotlight 12 dads from around the country who are doing great things for their families and communities, many in trying circumstances. The Corporation for National Services will continue to highlight additional “Champion” dads throughout the year.
· Next week: HHS will announce new support for local fatherhood programs
- what you want to do, is you don't want to act too weird. you want to be funny. just be really funny. but you can't be so funny that he can't be funny too. guys like to be the leader of the female. you want to ask him questions, to make him feel because that will make him feel like he is leading. it will make him feel good.
- you don't want to be known as kinda dumb. you want to be knows as cleaver. you want to do cleaver jokes. don't look like a brainaic but also not dumb. a good cleaver joke is an inside joke
- first dates should not be formal. don't go to fancy restaurants, go to normal places. go to an aquarium for your first date and just wear normal clothes. if you get too dressed up and too formal, then he will feel kinda pushed. if it is casual then it takes the pressure off. then later when do you go to a fancy restaurant then both of you will be ready to be dating.
- on special occasions, like when you go to a fancy restaurant, you don't want to look like you tried too hard, you just want to look really hot and awesome . .. just throw your clothes on and run a comb through your hair, and throw on some earrings. you don't want him to think you care about your looks too much
- and, aunt teabelly, for you, its really important that you introduce them to your cats. then he can see the soft and nurturing you are; fast.
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Fossey was found murdered in the bedroom of her cabin in Virunga Mountains, Rwanda on December 26, 1985. The last entry in her diary read:When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future
Sunday, 5 June 2011
- Get all of the names of people who should be prohibited from buying guns into the background check system.
- Require a background check for every gun sale in America
Friday, 3 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
On May 16th, Kal Penn and I hosted a youth roundtable with about 20 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our conversation touched on issues of top concern including ways to expand volunteerism, LGBTQ equality, and the relationship between the federal government and the Church. While admittedly a small group, it was a reminder of the variety of viewpoints that can exist in any large organization.
One of the participants in the roundtable was Kristine Haglund of Boston. She’s currently the editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and maintains a popular blog, “By Common Consent.” Below she shares her thoughts about the roundtable:
“Have I Done Any Good In the World Today?” A popular Mormon song reminds members of the church that service and charity are fundamental duties of believers. One doesn’t have to look too far to find reports of Mormons visibly engaged in civic projects in their bright yellow shirts. Mormons are well-known for being highly organized, cheerful helpers in disaster relief and civic projects. They are also well-known for being politically conservative. An unlikely group for a meeting with the White House Office of Public Engagement, perhaps.
But there we were, about a dozen young (and young-ish) Mormons, talking about the kinds of civic engagement that could be the basis of collaboration with public agencies and other religious groups. It turns out, unsurprisingly, that young Mormons mostly care about the same issues as other young Americans: jobs, health care, the cost of higher education, the deployment of American troops overseas, GLBTQ rights, and the environment.
Although these concerns are shared with other young people, there are some peculiar valances for Mormons—since Mormons generally marry younger and have more children than the general population, they worry about having jobs that can support a family, rather than just a single person through their 20s and early 30s. They are more likely to be tuned into education issues than their peers, since they are likely to have children in public schools.
Another family-related issue that is especially salient for young Mormons is GLBTQ rights. Because of the Mormon Church’s very public stance on same sex marriage, young Mormons are more polarized over this issue than their peers. It’s important to know, though, that there is a wide range of opinions on the topic, even among believing and engaged young Latter-day Saints.
Another area of divergent opinion is on immigration issues—the Church has taken a fairly progressive position, and publicly articulated the principles that inform their stance. Nonetheless, significant numbers of conservative Mormons have dissented from the leadership, just as liberal Mormons did over California’s Proposition 8.
This diversity among Mormons belies the commonly-held stereotype of efficient, obedient, and uniformly conservative religionists. It was exciting to think about ways that working together on social issues where we have common ground can start to dilute that stereotype while, more importantly, building healthy families and the kinds of caring and connected communities we all want to live in.
Paul Monteiro is Deputy Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement.