Peyton - 18 - Richmond, Virginia. BFA Musical Theatre student at Catawba College, child's pose enthusiast, and yet another teenage girl in thrift store clothing who thinks she's high class because of her Gossip Girl habit.
"Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living."
“JUN 19 1968 Pickets In Broadway Theater Strike — Sign-carrying showgirls picketing in New York’s Shubert Alley between West 44th and 45th streets today, walk past posters of some Broadway shows affected by strike of Actors Equity. At left is Sherri “Peaches” Brewer who plays in “Hello, Dolly!” on Broadway. At right is Caryl Hinchee who is in the musical’s road show company in Lambertville, N.J. 1968 Credit: AP Wirephoto”
"What I remember most about emotional abuse is that it’s like being put in a box. How you end up in there is the biggest trick – I never managed to work that one out. Maybe you think it’s a treasure box at first: you’re in there because you’re special. Soon the box starts to shrink. Every time you touch the edges there is an “argument”. So you try to make yourself fit. You curl up, become smaller, quieter, remove the excessive, offensive parts of your personality – you begin to notice lots of these. You eliminate people and interests, change your behaviour. But still the box gets smaller. You think it’s your fault. The terrible, unforgivable too-muchness of you is to blame. You don’t realise that the box is shrinking, or who is making it smaller. You don’t yet understand that you will never, ever be tiny enough to fit, or silent enough to avoid a row"
Here are the disturbing unheard stories happening behind closed doors, other YouTube offenders to watch out for, and what we can do about it.
Laci is a pioneer, a trailblazer, a hero. This means that she is moving forward before many of us realize that there is action to take. She’s the kind of leader I clap for then get up and follow, not as a sheep but as a my own hero decreasing worldsuck.
Today one of my local radio stations played a prank call recording that included a woman being called a “*bleep, bleep* hooker.” This is unethical in many ways. One being, it is harassment. I felt sick to my stomach, changed the station, and then asked them to stop harming community and make awesome decisions.
A typical school or school-at-home lesson intended to teach a child about worms may have diagrams of a worm’s body to label and a few paragraphs about the importance of worms, followed by comprehension questions. If the child musters up enthusiasm to learn more about worms despite this lackluster approach, there’s no time to do so because directly after the science lesson the child must go on to the next subject. When education is approached in this disconnected manner, the brain doesn’t process the information in long-term storage very effectively. It has no context in the child’s experience and no connection to the child’s senses.
On the other hand, a child encountering a worm while helping in the garden gains body memories to associate with the experience. The heft of a shovel, sun on her face, fragrant soil on her knees, and the feel of a worm in her hands provide her with sensory detail. She also encodes the experience with emotion. Her father likes to read books about soil health and sometimes she looks at the pictures. When she asks about worms he answers the few questions she has. And when she is satisfied he doesn’t go on to give her more information than she can handle. Next time they go to the library or get online they may decide to find out more about worms. She may be inspired on her own to draw worms, save worms from the sidewalk after the next rain, or otherwise expand on that moment in the garden. She is much more likely to retain and build on what she has learned.
The difference between these two approaches is worlds apart. Separating children from meaningful participation, as in the first example, doesn’t simply impair comprehension. It changes the way learning takes place. The child is made a passive recipient of education designed by others. Then the excitement of learning is transformed into a duty.
Education that treats the brain apart from the body will ultimately fail. Our senses cannot be denied. They inform the mind and encode memory. We must see, hear, smell, touch and, yes, taste to form the kinds of complex associations that make up true understanding. We humans are direct hands-on learners.