In just the first six months of 2020, so many tenets of American society have been thrown into question. Now, in the next six months and beyond, we’re all trying to figure out how we navigate a new world. How do we do therapy now? Get jobs we actually like? Find love? Stand up to police brutality? How can we make the world more fair, and be more caring to our communities?
This is what we’re reading —
August 7, 2020
Though a global pandemic has caused a lot of people to experience a whole new level of anxiety, there are still some who are wary of going to therapy—particularly online therapy. André Wheeler didn’t expect to enjoy his experience with virtual therapy, but after a few sessions and a plan, he was pleasantly surprised.
August 17, 2020
Society encourages young people to hustle. It almost doesn’t matter what job you have—almost everyone has a side hustle, or is thinking about having one. When everyone went into lockdown, people suddenly had a moment to breathe, and decide if the job (or jobs) they have is really what they want.
August 17, 2020
Most people take internet connection for granted, particularly in developed areas, but the reality is that as many as 19 million Americans don’t have broadband access where they live. As students across the country start the school year remotely, this huge divide in access is becoming more and more obvious—and more of a problem.
August 13, 2020
ER physician Michele Harper writes about her experience as the only person of color working in her ER, and the only person at all to stand up to the police officer harassing a patient. She remembers the encounter—a woman, injured and alone, and a cop there to supposedly take a report—and thinks of the countless other Black women and people of color who didn’t have someone to stand up for them when they needed it most.
Nonfiction book by Greg McKeown
In a world where it seems like everyone is trying to do everything, all the time, finding the discipline to slow down can be challenging. Author and speaker Greg McKeown draws on his own experience and the experience of other leaders to break down how much work it actually takes to do less.
August 6, 2020
Doctors using telehealth are starting to notice that patients are often more comfortable in their own homes—resulting in more accurate test results or environmental clues for a tricky diagnosis. But on the other hand, economic disparities, tough family situations, and certain physical limitations are still making the argument for traditional, in-person care.
July 17, 2018
The Hunter Support group, a non-profit operating in a small town in Alaska, is using a person-centered approach to care to bring traditional foods to their elders living in long-term care facilities. Person-centered care reduces agitation, symptoms of depression, and improves overall quality of a patient’s life. For the Alaskan elders, traditional foods are an important source of fat to keep them healthy and mobile, and the familiar tastes and cultural lessons bring them comfort as well.
June 15, 2020
The role of fatherhood is changing in America, with dads becoming more involved and more likely to be primary caretakers. Television dads in the 1950s and 60s were written to be serious and calm, but in later decades, they became more foolish and incompetent. What changed?
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What We’re Reading – August 2020
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What We’re Reading – June 2020