How easily most of us read these words and are able to immediately relate. Listen to what? Shout out what? What should we communicate and when should we do it?
There are so many people who can easily “listen up” or “shout out,” the phrases have become cultural idioms in the English Language. Idioms are phases that have an accepted use other than their literal meaning. And so, “listen up” means “pay attention” while “shout out” can literally mean to “shout out” or just to “pass the word around” and tell everyone you know. But, people who have hearing and speech problems cannot always either listen up or shout out. For them, these simple directive phrases, can cause frustration and fear over the inability to express feelings while communicating effectively.
When I was a kid, there was nothing more exciting than staying home from school to watch a space launch. We all knew of Astronaut John Glenn and in February of 1962, it was all anyone talked about. He orbited the earth three times and became a national hero. Later, after his outstanding military career, he became a Senator from the State of Ohio, serving in Congress for twenty-five years.
Senator John Glenn’s wife Annie hid a debilitating secret.
With the name “John Glenn” being household word for most of my life, I thought I knew everything about him. What I didn’t know was his wife, Annie Glenn, was emotionally suffering for most of those years while her husband was in the limelight. She severely stuttered and was extremely fearful of interacting with anyone outside the Glenn family. She did not get help until she was fifty, but then became fluent after attending a treatment program at HCRI in Roanoke, VA. Now Annie and John Glenn are dedicated to publicly sharing that no one has to isolate themselves due to speech and language inabilities.
John and Annie Glenn encourage all stutterers to get help.
There are many, varied communication treatment options and modalities available, along with innovative outreach methods. The American Speech-Hearing-Language Association or ASHA, found at ASHA.org, is a proactive organization reaching out to insure help is available for everyone with hearing, speech and language problems. ASHA.org provides a Professional Search Tool Page with easy access to audiologists or speech-language therapists. ASHA’s intent is all inclusive, stating that, in order to enable Communication for a Lifetime, “The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.”
John and Annie talk about stuttering being treated into fluency.
Hearing loss and speech difficulties do not always begin at birth or in childhood, but may commence at any stage of life. Many people, who become speech, hearing and language disabled later on, live for years not understanding that their sensory functions are slipping away. Those who have had stokes may not be able to fully communicate to their previous level of proficiency overnight. Those who have difficulty speaking, who stutter, have trouble swallowing or keeping their balance when they walk, may be too shy to reach out for help, feeling overwhelmed by perceived obstacles.
ASHA headquarters in Rockville, MD.
So, listen up and shout out to those who might need professional help to ease their inabilities to speak fluently, having any one of a number of speech, language or communication challenges. Shout out to inform others who might need emotional support to get help for themselves. And, listen up, if this is something you, yourself need. Don’t wait to get help. Opportunities for physical and emotional healing abound. They are there for the asking. Get Help…Don’t Wait!
With the wealth of resources listed on the ASHA.org web site, it is reassuring to know anyone who has speech, hearing and language challenges can find help in the privacy of their home by clicking on the Professional Search Tool Page. Thank you, ASHA.
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Tags: boomers, communication disorder, hearling loss, language disorder, language disorders, speech disorders, stutter, stutter help
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When I joined BlogHer.com on November 24, 2011, NaBloPoMo November was almost over.
It was not a problem keeping up with posting everyday, because I had just found this wonderful communithy and was full of posts to share.
But, whoa! The discipline of doing it everyday for a whole thirty days or so, well, I don’t know if I have it. I have never sucessfully complete a whole NaBloPoMo month, although I always sign up for it and love displaying the nice badges at the end of my posts.
Always gardens to tend.
The beauty of it? I don’t mind that I haven’t done what I said I would do because, NaBloPoMo is very forgiving and never nags me or points fingers. It just sits there lovingly amused as I try the next month for perfection and…never…quite…make it.
Always grass to cut.
But, now, having met Melissa Ford at BlogHer ’12, I got the BIG scoop on NaBloPoMo’s signature month, November. There are PRIZES! Did you know that? I didn’t! Yes, PRIZES for posting everyday throughout the month of November, if you’re lucky enough to win the Tuesday and Thursday drawings. Wow.
Here’s the scoop from Melissa, so you can see for yourself:
“About those prizes… We will have two prize draws per week for people on the blogroll on Tuesdays and Thursdays that will be announced in the Friday roundup. Prizes include free passes to BlogHer conferences and Voices of the Year e-books. You need to have blogged every day up until that point in order to win. These prizes are just a thank you for participating in this big blogging celebration; for writing for writing’s sake and doing it as a community.”
So, now I am really, really, REALLY trying to do NaBloPoMo. To see if I can do it. To get into the swing of doing it and to get out there, making my intentions known I am taking my Internet business seriously. Oh! And, yeah, for the PRIZES!
SunbonnetSmart hunkered down.
YOU can still sign up for this month’s NaBloPoMo, but today is the last day. November 5th, 2012, is the deadline. So, get a move on and get posting! It’s lots of fun.
NaBlogPoMo helps writers get over writer’s block by sharing prompts and comraderie. Come join if you haven’t already. Get this nifty badge for your own.
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People think the Internet is a place where teens can get into trouble.
They worry about what teenagers might be exposed to online, who might try to contact them, and acts of bullying. There is no doubt the openness of the Internet can bring risks to young people. But supervised participation in blogging is thought to be beneficial.
A recent study makes a case for how the Internet, despite its faults, is also a great space for teenagers to improve their mental health by reaching out to a responsive community while blogging.
Teens often feel isolated.
Supervised blogging helps them connect.
A team of researchers set out to see whether blogging could help alleviate social distress and low self-esteem. Over the course of 10 weeks, a group of students kept a blog. The students who had public blogs with space for comments, and who wrote about distress in their lives, saw the most mental improvement over that period. On the other hand, students who kept private diaries with no comments, or who never wrote about any of their difficulties, saw little improvement.
“Previous research shows that simply writing about personal misfortune can be healing— …The new study, however, finds that online writing may be even more helpful, at least for teenagers who feel isolated and have difficulty socializing. Israeli researchers studied 161 teens (aged 14-17) who were experiencing significant social anxiety and distress in interacting with their peers.”
University of Haifa, Israel, experiments show blogging can
integrate teens into supportive on-line communities, while
affirming positive responses to life difficulties.
“All of the writing groups showed significant improvement after ten weeks of blogging, as rated by their own reports of feeling better and socializing more and by experts who did not know their group assignments. The bloggers said they were more self confident, had better self-esteem and were emotionally more comfortable with social situations than they had been before they began writing. Those who blogged on sites that included comments, however, benefited most, and reported feeling less social distress, gaining more self-esteem and engaging in more social activity in real life. The improvements continued two months later, at the study’s last follow up.
The authors write, “It seems that the characteristics of the Internet and the qualities of expressive writing can be maximized by blogging. A blog can provide the unique combination of a comfortable space for self-expression, one that is both intimate and authentic, with an interactive social environment that is popular among adolescents.”
The experiment helps to show that public writings made up of personal content can help boost self-esteem of the writer. This is especially true if the writer uses the platform to divulge how he or she is responding to life’s difficulties, and allows for space for peers to respond to the writings. Blogging can also integrate the writer into a supportive online community. This can be incredibly helpful during teen years, when many young people feel alienated.
Although negative Internet content is detrimental,
supervised blogging can allow an exchange of peer
ideas leading to community.
Some parents may be concerned about negative conduct online. Fortunately, a separate study has found that there is probably little reason to worry about that. The aim of the study was to see what teens tend to write about if they keep a blog. Most content was positive, researchers reported. Teenagers usually wrote about school activities they had enjoyed and how they had spent time with friends and family. There was little talk of risky actions, like skipping class or breaking the law.
When it comes to young people and the Internet, it is always important to remain watchful for negative information and interactions to which they might be exposed. However, excessive caution might prevent teenagers from experiencing the positive side of online networks. Blogging, in particular, seems to be a positive way for that demographic to discuss their feelings and the events of the day, all the while better connecting with peers. It can help make otherwise alienated teenagers feel like they’re part of a community.
And, hey! I know blogging makes me feel better.
I have steadily increased connecting with my
peer community on BlogHer.com!
Tags: family dynamics, peer affirmation, reaching out, teen depression, teenagers
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As BlogHer’s own Isabel Anders has been teaching us in the last weeks, age often brings wisdom.
And I welcome the gray hair, like I do the wisdom. It is a badge, a outward sign of an inner triumph, a testament that I’m not making the same goofy mistakes many younger people seem to be making.
But, don’t worry, in my new intermittently posted series, “Reliving the 70s, Whether You Want To or Not,” Grammy Sunbonnet will be setting everyone straight, providing oceans of practical living enlightenment.
Our Bodies, Ourselves 1973
One of the amazing realizations I’ve had since I’ve joined BlogHer, has been the discovery of women’s current social awareness. I see opinions and emotions being bandied about, many times without a factual understanding of what has gone before. Why aren’t we standing on the shoulders of those women who paved the way for us to be as far along as we are today? Why aren’t we researching the history of the issues about which we care so passionately, before we opine on a topic of choice?
Specifically, how in the world can any members of a diverse, brilliant, educated and communicative body of women be without a foundation of feminine health and anatomical information?
In that light, I ask you, how can any young women in this day and age need to be told where her hymen is, or was, located? Not that I am belittling those who had no idea. Several commented on the post to that effect. The problem I’m having is, it seems, the landmark book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, the definitive work on feminine health knowledge that was commonly espoused, and openly so, for all of my young womanhood, has been lost or inadequately passed on.
Our Bodies, Ourselves 1992
I’m talking about information that was openly provided to any and all during the 1970s, and now seems to belong to the long distance past, waiting for the Rosetta stone of rediscovery. How in the world has this happened? Why isn’t this basic knowledge common knowledge?
Didn’t the college girls of the 1970s that sat around in group circles of self-exploration with mirrors and copies of the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, grow up to be pro-active mothers and grandmothers? When their daughters were old enough for THE talk, didn’t they reach to the top of the bookshelf, pull down their old copy, blow off the dust and pass it on?
Our Bodies, Ourselves 1998
And how about all of the reprints and updates of the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, in repeated publication by the non-profit Boston Women’s Health Book Collective since 1970? Haven’t all of these copies been read? And what about BlogHer, an Internet woman’s forum of Internet woman’s blogs, why is there hardly a mention of the book if one does a search, which I did the other day and again this morning?
The only mention I could find was a August 14, 2008 post from “veronicaeye” who, being a professional feminist, espoused the Our Bodies Ourselves Pregnancy and Birth book. But, rather than basking in grateful attention from BlogHer’s millions of readers, “veronicaeye’s” post has, as I write, absolutely ZERO comments. I guess the lack of response was overwhelming as that was her last post, although she has a fantastically informative, currently thriving blog, Viva la Feminista.“
Our Bodies, Ourselves 2005
The book Our Bodies, Ourselves is a feminist success story. Selling more than four million copies since its debut in 1970, it challenged medical dogmas about women’s bodies and sexuality, shaped health care policies, energized the reproductive rights movement, and stimulated medical research on women’s health. The book has influenced how generations of U.S. women feel about their bodies and health. In addition, Our Bodies, Ourselves, has also had a whole life outside the United States. It has been taken up, translated, and adapted by women across the globe, inspiring more than thirty foreign language editions.
Our Bodies, Ourselves 2011
So, in closing, let Grammy Sunbonnet brew a fresh pot of tea and give you the keys to your feminine kingdom.
From this day forward, if you have questions about your body or yourself, lean on:
- the extensive Our Bodies, Ourselves web site,
- the book that started it all, available as a 2011 edition on the publications page, which BTW, has books for every stage of a women’s life,
- the Health Information Center on the top bar of the Home Page to research any health concern, technical approach or organize for change,
- and, finally, for a calendar of speakers from the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective who will be in your area.
Once you go and peruse the options of this web site, you will wonder like I do why anyone in this day and age would need a GPS to locate her hymen.
The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (now known as Our Bodies Ourselves) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 whose board members include Teresa Heinz Kerry, Susan Love, and Gloria Steinem. Their mission is to empower women by providing information about health, sexuality, and reproduction. Our Bodies, Ourselves is the organization’s core vehicle for driving their mission. While OBOS is famous for its voice in policy, advocacy, and educational efforts related to women’s health, they see their role as a global content provider as paramount. Judy Norsigian is the Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Tags: anatomy, BWHCC, female health, knowledge, self esteem, tradition, women
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There she is!….
….Miss Blog-Her Dot Com!
There she is!…
….Featured in FOOD!
(sung to the tune of There She Is, Miss America!)
Talking and telling is what I do best...
Oh Happy Day! What FUN!
What FUN to wake up and see one of my posts is featured on BlogHer!
In the FOOD section…
What a match made in heaven! There is nothing I like better than food and there is NOTHING I like better than to see something I’ve done in print. I could look at it for hours while savoring each noteworthy detail of my brilliance. And to find a resource like BlogHer.com is nothing sort of a miracle for this author, turned blogger, turned into Featured Food blog-gair…
Oh! Be still my heart…
In the past, commercially available post cards were handy to
show women the proper way to behave and “wear their face.”
As a woman, sometimes little affirmation seems to come from anybody. I’m afraid to say much, though, as it’s yet to be determined whether the lack of affirmation is a result of lack luster performance or truly gender related. But, I do know how it is to work hard and have little affirmation, going maybe days and weeks without so much as an “atta boy.” Then, to find a welcoming group of accomplished women of all ages and experiences ready, willing and able to write, talk, tell, affirm and get along is a dream come true. And what fun and delight I have experienced since signing up on BlogHer.com in November, 2011, over Thanksgiving weekend.
When women share support for each other,
great things can be accomplished.
I have found BlogHer.com to be the slumber party that never sleeps; the quarterback run to the goal with the crowds in hysterical support that replays without pushing the play button; the Miss America walk down the runway where the roses are always budding, the crown forever sparkly and the body filling out the swimsuit eternally the correct size. BlogHer.com is an author’s dream come true: a receptive reading audience where the reviews are immediate, the rewards unending and the numbers always spiraling upwards….as long as one posts and comments, giving to get.
Women of any age blossom with love and support.
BlogHer.com is a remarkable group of blogging authors, and I am very proud to be represented on these Internet pages. So, thank you, BlogHer.com, for this recognition and for being there. Whether it is first thing in the morning when I wake to face the day or late at night when I just can’t sleep, BlogHer is always there. It is my pleasure to be there for BlogHer as well. I am delighted to be featured on the FOOD page and, BlogHer, I thank you!
Tags: author, companions, forum, fun, group, social networking, women, writing
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On the Shank Eco-farm, Your Family Cow, in Chambersburg, PA,
the cows and their probiotics are part of the family.
Life before probiotics was very different. I didn’t know I was sick. I didn’t know I wasn’t digesting well. I just thought I had a host of physical problems and tagged them with labels such as “growing old” or “female troubles.” But, once our friends convinced us to introduce fermented foods with probiotic bacteria into our diets, my life changed dramatically. The complaints, I thought I had to live with, just went away.
Reading and studying the way people live and eat around the world, I am convinced that many of our common illnesses here in the United States are actually hiding inefficient digestive systems. Digestive tracts unable to properly function usually lack the three pounds of good bacteria needed to help us digest our food. A lack of good bacteria invites the bad bacteria and seriously debilitates our immune systems.
A fellow blogger, Pick Your Brain, has a great post outlining the particulars, but why isn’t information about building up the gut flora for optimum health the first thing you hear out of your doctor’s mouth when you go to visit? In fact, you have to almost dig for the information while looking in alternative health venues. We are bombarded by pharmaceutical drug advertisements. At the same time, we hear little about the good bacteria necessary to properly sustain our lives. This information about good bacteria ought to be mainstream, not “alternative health” oriented.
Misdiagnosis of faulty digestion is so widespread and
oppressive, one has to ask, “Who stands to gain?”
While years ago, healthy habits were promoted by mainstream media for the common good, now toxic living habits are profiled. For instance, the mainstream media tries to convince us that good food takes too long to fix and our modern schedules demand fast food. Like never before, each of us must gain a knowledge of how our bodies work in order to heal and nurture our way into better living. No longer can we use a blind eye to rely on newspapers, TV, the Federal Government or our medical community to instruct us. And, most importantly, we have to rely on our bodies themselves to tell us when we are feeling good and what constitutes good health. Good health begins with slow food and a fully functioning gut.
The money and time spent on nutrient dense food reaps rewards.
For an informative PDF on “How Probiotics Keep us Healthy,”
click on the dollar bill above.
Great sums of money can be made on a massive scale when people eat toxic food and live in a toxic environment. Each of us is really a fine tuned spiritual being in a physical body of chemicals and electrical impulses. If we don’t provide our bodies with the chemicals they need to operate their electrical impulses efficiently, our bodies “don’t work right.” We get sick and have to seek treatment for health complaints.
Health complaints lead to contacting the medical community and here modern society seems to have gone down a path of corporate profit, promoting illness rather than health. Common sense would seem to require checking the old “garbage in garbage out” admonition. Wouldn’t you think a doctor would first inquire about what you eat? How you eat? Your level of exercise? How much sleep you are getting? And whether you get outside into the fresh air everyday? No, by prescribing drugs and ignoring lifestyle, the body gets further and further out of balance. Small problems become big ones. It would appear a toxic population is a revenue generating asset.
And once one studies how the body works and maintains health, the most important requirement seems to be a fulling functioning digestive system. A digestive system that efficiently breaks down food and allows the absorption of essential nutrients requires, so learning how to make and eat traditional foods is a step toward using food as medicine. When the body gets what it needs, in the way that it needs it, being chronically sick is not a daily concern.
The Weston A. Price web site says this family is happy
because they eat butter. They also eat raw milk, cream,
cheese, eggs, liver, meat, cod liver oil, seafood, and
other nutrient-dense foods that have nourished generations
of healthy people worldwide. Learn more about the foods
that support radiant health for your family.
Billie Bumps knows to eat his probiotics, that’s why
he’s so healthy. To download Billie Bumps and his
Christmas toys for your own personal use,
click on his picture.
For the week of December 25 – 31, 2011,
SunbonnetSmart.com will share a new downloadable PDF
each day, but only for a limited time.
Visit each day to collect them all!
Tags: digestive function, Nutrient Dense, raw milk, Sally Fallon, traditional foods, WAPF
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If your sunny disposition looks more like this photo…
…see if you like this YouTube video as much as I do.
It really “hit the spot” today when I found it.
Tags: clever, depression, funny, obsessive, telephone
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Women were expected to “dress for success” even while they waxed floors.
From the Literary Digest, October 16, 1926
You don’t hear, at least I haven’t heard, many people using the terms dysfunctional families anymore. It just seems the tide has turned away from the self-analysis, introspection and self-help that were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. Now, it appears people look to diagnoses from doctors and filling perscriptions for feelings of inadequacy or depression. I see this as sad, because I know how much self-help from facilitators like Louise Hay and John Bradshaw helped me as they did many people across the country during the self-help years of the 1980s.
When I try to figure out what is the difference between the 1980s and now, I factor in the growing influence of computers in our lives. It looks to me that we often tend to isolate our interactions to those with whom we can electronically communicate. A quick soundbite or Tweet is immediate, but it also may limit our need to reach out for contact with actual human beings. It satisfies keeping in touch in a cursory manner, but as it puts the get in touch “check in the block,” it does not fulfill the need for face to face interaction. We give and receive so much from each other when we visit in person. As the tide seems to have turned from self-help to seeking professional medical help, it looks like we are not reaching out for our associate’s insights like we used to.
It seems many people are on computers holding down jobs in a workplace or otherwise producing income streams for the better part of the day. That’s a great number of hours spent interacting with an unfeeling cyberworld rather than with families, friends and neighbors. And, when one figures in the additional leisure hours spent isolated in front of the television, even when in the company of others, it is easy to see we are not bonding with people whose companionship we would otherwise share.
Having thought about it for a while, I’ve decided we are increasingly tending to disconnect from our fellow humans and are shutting ourselves down to those around us. We either wear false smiles or are not available to our friends and families while we isolate to suffer by ourselves. We often face the glow of the computer screen, doing work, we say, while really using the computer to mask our sadness.
In some ways, I find our lack of human interaction today as bad as when I was growing up in the 1950s. Then, the code of behavior was clearly spelled out for each individual and no one dared admitting they didn’t, or would rather not, fit in the system. At least it seemed that way in my neighborhood.
We really did have the June and Ward Clevers, neighbors like the parents in the Leave it to Beaver television show, living up and down the block. I can remember that their houses always appeared in order and delightfully so when I would visit. Were the women back then into keeping house, working non-stop on being immaculate in their housekeeping and appearance to hide their sadness? I don’t remember people discussing feelings, reading self-help books or freely letting feelings show.
Maybe, that’s somewhat like today. The rigid codes of behavior have greatly lessened, but are we isolating on the computer to deny healthy personal interactions? Does that glowing screen and our back to the room replace June Cleaver’s pearl earrings and necklace?
If you are too young to remember the Leave It to Beaver show on TV, click play:
Notice how Ward Cleaver reacts when June tells him her sister had a baby girl rather than a baby boy. Can you imagine the message to all of the little girls watching?