I usually look forward to the month of March, as (here in Southern New England) it signals the beginning of Spring. By now crocuses and daffodils are beginning to thrust their green sensors through the earth and the breezes are more of a breath than a gust. But this year is different. It is March, […]
The photo to the right is of Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Chldren’s Defense Fund, and one of the most respected voices in the arena of children’s rights and education in the United States. You may know of her, and may even have recognized her. But for many Americans her name is familiar and […]
Apart from the tradition of Punxsutawney Phil making his annual appearance to determine the remaining days of winter, there is a far more serious application of the term Groundhog Day. Ironically, it comes from one of the funniest comedic movies ever produced, starring Bill Murray. The theme of the movie, which will be watched tens […]
SHELTERED WORKSHOPS: A workplace that provides a supportive environment where physically or mentally challenged persons can acquire job skills and vocational experience.
I’ve been watching the debate in Rhode Island over the existence of sheltered workshops, agencies which place persons with disabilities in settings where they work on a regular basis for compensation which is below the minimum wage. The programs offer transportation, supervision, instruction and mentoring, and activity which is meaningful and emotionally rewarding. The concept […]
Our minds are programmed in such a way that when we click on a topic or subject we expect a specific response to appear. For instance, if we think “grandmother” we expect an image of our grandmother to appear in our mind. If, however, an image of our first dog appears, it is counter-intuitive. That’s […]