Education, End-of-Life, Grief/Grieving/Bereavement, Humanity, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Hmmm…Convos on Death?

An article I came across on LinkedIn today by a colleague whom I know through LinkedIn is titled: What we can learn from death rites of the past will help us treat the dead and grieving better today   "This taboo around death is a fairly modern, Western phenomenon. Past and present, societies have dealt with… Continue reading Hmmm…Convos on Death?


‘Home Is a Medicine Unto Itself’

I came across this article in The Atlantic written by Sandra Joy Stein on January 6, 2015 about a child who for insurance reasons could not be cared for in the hospital any longer; so the family had a choice.......nursing home or care for at home. The parents chose care for their child at home.… Continue reading ‘Home Is a Medicine Unto Itself’

Book Review, Health Conditions/Diseases, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Addiction on Trial: Follow-up Interview with Dr. Steven Kassels

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Steven Kassels this summer re: his recently published book, Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, which posted to Social Justice Solutions. I enjoy reading and read a few books at a time, so this one appealed to me as a 'fun read' initially but went a step further as… Continue reading Addiction on Trial: Follow-up Interview with Dr. Steven Kassels

Health Conditions/Diseases

New Stroke Detection

Strokes are devastating and the rehabilitation is a long process. What if a stroke could be detected before it happened or at least the likelihood of one occurring? An estimated 50,000 strokes occur in Canada each year. One in four is a “cryptogenic” stroke, meaning a stroke of unknown cause. Presented Thursday at the International… Continue reading New Stroke Detection

Education, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

Autistic Children and Therapy

Written by Victoria Brewster, MSW Imagine having a child with autism and waiting 2 1/2 years for therapy to begin. The parents of a four-year old autistic boy in British Columbia are going public. “From his initial referral to speech to his first appointment, it was 920 days — of waiting,” said mom Christine Long.… Continue reading Autistic Children and Therapy

Health Conditions/Diseases

Mental Illness and John Nash, Jr.

Written by Victoria Brewster, MSW I am currently reading, “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. Now I watched the movie with Russell Crowe many years ago and find myself comparing his character in the movie with the book. John Forbes Nash, Jr. is an American mathematician whose works in game theory, geometry, and partial differential equations… Continue reading Mental Illness and John Nash, Jr.

Humanity, News, Social Work/Helping Profession/Mental Health

A Continuation of Ashley Judd’s, “All That is Bitter and Sweet”

by Victoria Brewster, MSW My initial write-up focused on the first half of the book. ( This write-up focuses on the second half of the book which is part of Ashley Judd's treatment, healing and acceptance of self along with her continued humanitarian work with Population Services International (PSI) ( Treatment occured after she participated… Continue reading A Continuation of Ashley Judd’s, “All That is Bitter and Sweet”