Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother

Seneca “No man has been shattered by the blows of Fortune unless he was first deceived by her favours.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion observed in her classic meditation on loss. Abraham Lincoln, in his moving letter of consolation to a grief-stricken young woman, wrote of how time transmutes grief into “a sad sweet feeling in your heart.” But what, exactly, is the mechanism of that transmutation and how do we master it before it masters us when grief descends in one of its unforeseeable guises? Long before … Continue reading Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss: An Extraordinary Letter to His Mother

It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws

By Michael Snyde Should we make homelessness against the law and simply throw all homeless people into prison so that we don’t have to deal with them?  Incredibly, this is actually starting to happen in dozens of major cities all across the United States.  It may be difficult to believe, but in many large urban areas today, if you are found guilty of “public camping” you can be taken directly to jail.  In some cities, activities such as “blocking a walkway” or creating any sort of “temporary structure for human habitation” are also considered to be serious crimes.  And there … Continue reading It Is Becoming Illegal To Be Homeless In America As Houston, Dallas And Dozens Of Other Cities Pass Draconian Laws

The taboo of menstruation

Nepalese woman Pabitra Giri prepares to sleep in a Chhaupadi hut during her menstruation period in Surkhet District, some 520km west of Kathmandu. February 3, 2017. Photo by Prakesh Mathema/AFP/Getty All around the world, and throughout history, women have been shamed, sequestered, and medicalised for bleeding regularly Janie Hampton is the founder of the World Menstrual Network, the author of books on health in Africa, and an international health planner. She developed the first British government policy on international reproductive health, and is patron of the Association of Malawians in UK. She lives in Oxford. Auntie Flo, on the rag, girl … Continue reading The taboo of menstruation

Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits

by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer, Waking Times  At first glance, you wouldn’t think that this simple, truthful newspaper cartoon would be controversial enough for a long-time cartoonist to lose his career, but we live in a brave new world, where corporate censorship supersedes even government censorship, and when a giant like Monsanto is insulted, heads will roll. Cartoonist Rick Friday had worked for the Iowan publication, Farm News, for some two decades, creating some “1,090 published cartoons to over 24,000 households per week in 33 counties of Iowa,” reports KCCI, until he recently created this simple statement about profits in modern farming. … Continue reading Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits