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The medical profession, like many others, undervalues women and obsesses about making women work full time and carry the same burden as men. Yet, as this article shows, there is a ton of value in respecting the role of women in the medical profession. There is also a ton of value to society to not force women to sacrifice their role as parents. We need to think more holistically, flexibly and creatively about this.

Article below by By Carolyn Y. Johnson:

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Excited to have just received my copy of The Belly Art Project by Sara Blakely. Make sure to get your copy today!

” Mothers are one of our planet’s greatest resources and we need to do everything we can to support them! Created by Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation, this is the book that will inspire everyone to paint a belly and help a mom!”

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Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal: Should We Let Toddlers Play With Saws and Knives?

Should we Let Toddlers Play With Saws and Knives?

By shielding children from every possible risk, we may lead them to react with exaggerated fear. New research on how youngsters learn across different cultures

Last week, I stumbled on a beautiful and moving picture of young children learning. It’s a fragment of a silent 1928 film from the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center in Berkeley, Calif., founded by a pioneer in early childhood education. The children would be in their 90s now. But in that long-distant idyll, in their flapper bobs and old-fashioned smocks, they play (cautiously) with a duck and a rabbit, splash through a paddling pool, dig in a sandbox, sing and squabble.

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This is a great piece about Thread, a wonderful program we are proud to have been introduced to by the Weinberg Foundation.

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The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá

Published under Family Feb 29, 2016

The only thing that may be more compelling than the story itself is the way the author Susan Dominus captures the feelings of the 4 twins so poignantly and brings their emotions to life with so much clarity and passion.

 
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Chivo’s poetry

Published under Family, Global, Introspection Jan 15, 2016

This video about my cousin Emmanuel’s cinematography literally moved me to tears.  The humanity within every one of his shots, the fragility and beauty these convey about our human condition and the world we inhabit are so humbling, so poetic, so powerful.  Emmanuel, aka “Chivo”, has won two Oscars thus far and just got nominated for a third.  He turns movies into the most emotive art.  His imagery moves and stirs one’s soul as if watching the most beautiful sunset. And he has the ability to turn a banal breath into an enigmatic contemplation of sorrow and pain.

When we were little, I remember noticing him as he contemplated and photographed an army of ants on a wall as my other cousins wrestled  one another.  If you pay attention when you watch the movie, you will capture a shot he took of warring ants that says so much, particularly knowing of Emmanuel’s artistic journey, where everything is captivating and wondrous.I also remember as a kid how he would always show a noble spirit, protecting my sister when others were teasing her, and inviting me to be part of his sports team when I was starting to feel sad because other kids wouldn’t pick me (yes, I was a kind of clumsy soccer player).  It is amazing to see how this little kid grew to be such an epic observer of nature and such a wizard of light.

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