"...these kids shine like diamonds. It shows what mentoring can do."
-Tina Knowles Lawson, USC 2018 Baccalaureate
Tina Knowles Lawson spoke at USC's 2018 Baccalaureate about mentoring-her call at this stage of life. She and her husband Richard Lawson mentor kids that wouldn't have the opportunity or exposure otherwise with their program Tina's Angels and Richard's Warriors housed at the WACO Theater Center.
So thankful to both Tina and Richard for their dedication to mentoring. I am reminded of my own mother, Edythe Urquhart Joe, RN, 1935-2000, who
preached and delivered mentoring to both my brother and I and our community. She was adamant about making sure we had all of the opportunities and exposure possible, as this is key in leveraging social wellness and subsequent health.
My bother and I never felt like we didn't belong as we took our place at ice skating shows, equestrian events, scouting trips, and band competitions, for example.
My significant other shares this commitment to mentorship, also. He is an amazing man with brilliance beyond compare; yet, he realizes without the guidance and commitment of a dedicated mentor, social wellness, and to a very large degree, financial wellness, as well, become unobtainable. Subsequently, without measurable wellness, diseases like depression, hypertension, and cardiovascular disorders ensue.
So, get your social wellness and financial wellness, so that you can get your health and kick chronic, preventable diseases to the curb.
"Dance for me-it feels like a weapon of a warrior, a platform to communicate. It feels like passion. It feels like freedom. It feels like liberty. It feels like healing. It feels like confrontation."
-Shakiah Danielson, Hip Hop Instructor, Northwest Tap Instruction
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, the women together ought to be able to turn back and get it right side up again and now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
(Delivered during the Ain't I A Woman Speech at Women's Convention, Akron, OH, 1851)
-Sojourner Truth, Author and Social Activist
“It’s obvious where all the knowledge is. Food is definitely part of it, but it’s more about culture being brought forward. It’s really all that we are, and it’s so basic. It’s like breathing.”
"At Enoteca Maria, an “Italian” restaurant on Hyatt Street, half of the menu changes daily. The fixed half is Italian; the rest is left for rotating cuisines from all over the world. And the people calling the shots are not professional chefs; they are grandmothers."
No matter if THESE THREE WORDS are I Love You or Health Through Wellness, it's like music to the ears.
...BUT A GIFT OF RARE BEAUTY
The Base in Roxbury, Mass. welcomed Shirley Burkovich and Maybelle Blair formerly of the All-American Girls Pro Baseball League (AAGPBL) to talk with young women about their experiences playing professional baseball. Robert Lewis Jr., Director of BASE, shares why "A League Of Their Own" still serves as an inspiration to female athletes today and what The BASE is doing to help
...we have two white women that are legends in a place with mostly young African-American, White, Black in the neighborhood...this is what America needs to see and realize-this is what's great about our country... ...so, why don't we just bring folks together like we're doing here, and just let folks do what's natural and instinctive. This is what's going to make a "league of their own."
-Robert Lewis, Jr., Founder & President
I cannot remember how many lunch/dinner breaks I've skipped; but, it was definitely more than both hands and feet worth. It started rather insidiously, too. More for protection from being harassed by the kids that didn't understand my flow (and I hadn't grown enough teflon body cover yet), I was happy to be Mrs. Conley's (the librarian)'s helper that whisked me away from cafeteria shenanigans. Did I miss anything? Absolutely. For while I was nutritionally well (lunch from home in a brown bag-too old for my Mary Poppins lunch box and thermos from elementary school), I missed the social wellness that only lunchtime verbal jabs could convey. D**nit if my mom didn't strongly encourage me to take lunch in the cafeteria, too, but I was convinced that at 12 years old, I knew how to handle my 6th grade social life and business affairs better than my mom, so I declined to hire her at that time. (=mistake)
Junior high school skipping lunch breaks then evolved into 9-10 and 11-12 sameness. Social wellness, confidence, and ability to discern bullsh***ers, a**holes, and manipulators/opportunists from a distance (aka emotional wellness) was subsequently delayed for 40 years. When I finally made the connection (about 10 minutes ago, lol) I looked for a rubber mallet to deliver a boink to my frontal bone. But then, I had to hit
'cause had my life and any of the choices I made or didn't make (or the ones made for me/with me) been different, then I would be ....well, not me!
How To Be An Activist Every Day
Speakers at the Foundation for Gender Equality Lunch
The incredible thing about activism is that you can start anytime. Many of us are already activists-without even knowing it for caring about yourself, your environment, and those that you meet and greet on a daily basis is truly the foundation of activism. When you are passionate about something in your neighborhood, for example, like making sure that your neighborhood remains without litter, you are already an activist.
(Just discovered a new cause in researching for this blog post-computer generated voice overs-ugh! Despite the computer voice, this youtube video defines activism conclusively.
So You Want To Be An Activist? 8 Ways To Get Involved In Causes You Care About
7 Ways To Be A Better Activist For Causes You Believe In
Once you discover your passion (s) or concern (s), educating yourself about the problem, finding others like-minded and committed to working for the change are next steps that have worked for many. Eve Ensler describes the "activist soul" aptly:
Not even in my own neighborhood, I couldn't help but be angered and in disbelief that someone felt it acceptable to throw a can of soda and a pack of cigarettes on the ground 20 feet away from a trash and recycle receptacle at Wawa (Concord Pike, Talleyville, DE) two nights ago.
Many of our social problems result from a lack of at least one dimension of wellness. Not properly disposing of this trash demonstrates a type of carelessness and disconnect that has taken hold of many individuals and communities. Perhaps unknowingly, but no less offensively, this improperly disposed trash wasn't jut unsightly; but, it also represented breaches in physical, environmental, occupational, financial, and social wellness.
We are unable to control all of what potentially can harm us, so whatever is within our control and can prevent harm (e.g. someone walking out of the store, not seeing the soda can, falling down, twisting or fracturing an arm/leg/tooth, losing employment time-or job, requiring treatment or therapy...) why not just claim it?
Activism all day, wellness forever. Claim it.
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.
This precious little one has already linked eating with social connect & bonding.
Paulo Coelho , Brazilian lyricist, 1947-, writes that children can teach adults three things-
#socialwellness #physicalwellness #emotionalwellness
When wellness is a before thought, health isn't an after thought. The key to health is wellness.
S. L. Efua Joe, PharmD
President & Founder
There's A Pharmacist In The House
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