How to talk (and listen) to transgender people

Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues. And in this funny, frank talk, he clears up a few…

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Why Domestic Violence Victims don’t leave

  Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. “I never once…

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Volunteering: A Formula For Help And Happiness

Kathleen Taylor-Gadsby – Kathleen works with leaders to make the most of change and transition by developing clear purpose and resiliency toward their goals. Volunteers are in the news for actively working in communities hard-hit by natural disasters and political unrest. We have seen so many amazing examples of the impact that volunteers can make, and it’s worth learning…

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Volunteering keeps older minds sharp

(Credit: Getty Images) Volunteering may improve cognitive function of older adults, especially for women and those with lower levels of education. While the links of volunteering to physical health are well known, its associations with mental functioning are less clear. “Cognitive functions, such as memory, working memory, and processing are essential for living an independent life,”…

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Getting to know Indigenous people of Canada

There are many educational websites that provide information about Indigenous people.  There are also many websites that, unfortunately, perpetuate false information, stereotypes, and cultural appropriation. As it is with all web-based searching, one must be cognizant of the author and their biases.  Here are some examples of websites you may want to explore: Indigenous Knowledge…

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