Why I love food

I have often noticed that when I am around my friends and a platter of flavorful confections are laid out, my mood is elevated as my mind shifts back to a memory of childhood spending time in my mom’s busy kitchen.

I had recognized that with me at least, memories (pleasant ones) were invariably tied to a pleasure able scent emanating from the oven.

Today I was glad to read that scientists had indeed confirmed this nose/memory connection.



Why Smells Evoke Memories So Vividly
April 30, 2014

Brain regions are synchronized as neurons fire at a common frequency.

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.

One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~ Diane Ackerman

Or, in the somewhat less poetic language of science: areas of the brain that are central to long-term memory and the sense of smell are coupled together by brain waves oscillating at 20-40 hertz.

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Baby’s Hungry: A Daddy’s Perspective on Nursing (and Nursing in Public)

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

by Jay Parr

I was about twelve, riding the DC Metrobus home from school, when a woman started complaining loudly about another woman breastfeeding her baby on the bus. I didn’t see anything, so I don’t know if the nursing mother was covered up or not, but that’s irrelevant here. The complaining woman made her way up to the driver, a taciturn and tough-looking man who looked like he would as soon cut your throat as say hello (I remember him because he drove that route often). He focused on the afternoon traffic as the woman complained, until he came to a light and she demanded, “Well? Aren’t you going to do something?”

The driver looked out at the cross traffic for a moment, absently drumming his fingers on the fare box, then turned to the woman and shrugged.

“Baby’s hungry.”

I can’t say for certain that the woman immediately…

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Being an EDU-Parent: When the Teacher with Terrible Practices Called

Being an EDU-Parent: When the Teacher with Terrible Practices Called

Last week I received a call from one of my son’s teachers about his inability to sit and copy verbatim power point notes for 45 minutes straight. To add insult to injury, this teacher went on to describe how he gives his students a “notes quiz” to prove that they wrote down every word which also gives kids a free 100 as a grade. I listened to him, a friend of mine no less, with these thoughts racing in my head…

Illiteracy and the Cycle of Poverty

This is our JOURNEY

Blog post by Callie H., Team Haiti 2011

The inability to read and write plays a large role in the cycle of poverty. Illiteracy limits ones involvement in social and political life and can prevent employment. This can stall one’s ability to break out of poverty if education and/or employment is never obtained. This is an issue all across the world in over 22 countries.  771 million people in the world can not read or write, 64% are women. Illiteracy is also the root for crime, forced labor, child soldiers, and other forms of injustice and poverty.

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Suicidal Thoughts More Common in Kids With Autism: Study

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By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism may have a higher-than-average risk of contemplating or attempting suicide, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that mothers of children with autism were much more likely than other moms to say their child had talked about or attempted suicide: 14 percent did, versus 0.5 percent of mothers whose kids didn’t have the disorder.

The behavior was more common in older kids (aged 10 and up) and those whose mothers thought they were depressed, as well as kids whose moms said they were teased.

An autism expert not involved in the research, however, said the study had limitations, and that the findings “should be interpreted cautiously.”

One reason is that the information was based on mothers’ reports, and that’s a limitation in any study, said Cynthia Johnson, director of the Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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