Food For Thought

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Here we go. It’s the first edition of Food for Thought in which I share articles, books, blogs I’ve been reading or that you’ve shared with me. You know, just stuff to think about. And I didn’t even bother with a fancy graphic, not only because I wouldn’t know how, but because we have plenty of pictures from our beautiful garden. Please keep your submissions coming. I’m always looking for ideas. 

September 16, 2013 Edition

 I finally read The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Wow. Just wow. It’s a dense book full of well researched information. The chapters alternate between the story of one Hmong family who has a daughter with Epilepsy and the history of the Hmong culture. This family experiences much more than just a language barrier in their dealings with the medical community. The family’s and the doctors’ approaches to healing are worlds apart and clash constantly to the detriment of the child. I highly recommend this book to basically everyone in the medical community. As a parent of a child with Epilepsy it was emotionally challenging to read but well worth it.

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The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin is a fascinating read. She’s a highly accomplished professional who has Autism. In this book she addresses the neurology and genetics of Autism. My favorite part was her descriptions of how she thinks and how she sees her world. Grandin includes images from her own EEGs and explains how they translate into her everyday life. She also discusses the changes in the most recent edition of the DSM and the ramifications of the new classification of Autism.

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Thanks to Reader Jim the History Buff for this submission. I haven’t actually read November by Kent Gramm but Jim sent along an excerpt that seems appropriate in light of current events. This was to be part of a speech delivered by JFK

     We in this country, in this generation, are–by destiny rather than choice–the watchmen on 
     the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and 
     responsibility–that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint–and that we
     may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth and good will 
     toward men.

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I’m sure you’re all reading Beth’s blog by now because it’s hilarious and encouraging, but if you’re not than you will have missed the super cute picture of Aidan there. Go check it out.

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Have a great week!

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