A thought provoking post from retired teacher Pete Springer on the subject of exclusion from school due to a different opinion on acceptable hairstyles.
Standing Up for What’s Right
Equal Rights for All
I had never heard of DeAndre Arnold before today, but after learning of his story, I feel compelled to speak out on his behalf. DeAndre is a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas. By all accounts, he is a good student who has never been in trouble.
Arnold has not been in school for weeks, but this is not a matter of illness or truancy. His absence is related to the decisions of the Barbers Hill Independent School District.
Arnold has worn his hair in dreadlocks for years. He is not just making a fashion choice; it is his way of expressing his support for his Trinidad culture and heritage. DeAndre has tried to observe the school’s dress code by tying his hair up and wearing it, so it is above his shoulders and out of his eyes. Even though he would prefer to wear his hair down, he has made this decision to follow the school’s rules. (I would like to show a picture of Arnold’s clean-cut appearance, but I do not have permission to publish his photo.)
Head over to read the rest of Pete’s post and leave your comments there: Standing up for What’s Right by Pete Springer
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Being the last Friday of the month it is time for #WATWB on D.G. Kaye’s blog…and she is showcasing a young guy who should be in the headlines….
#WATWB – We are the World Blogfest -One Man’s Journey to Speak With 10,000 Strangers
Welcome back to the first share for 2020 of the We are the World Blogfest – #WATWB. The community where each last Friday of the month, we share something good going on around the world to deflect from some of the bad news we get plenty of and promote good deeds and random acts of kindness. Today I’m sharing a wonderful idea this man has ventured into on a mission to ignite kindness, communication and compassion incorporated into his daily living.
I felt drawn to this particular act because I believe the world is so embedded in their technology and digital media world, and it’s not hard to notice in every public space that human relations: making eye contact with a stranger, common courtesy, polite salutations, seem to be eroding with time.
Head over to find about Rob Lawless, a 28-year-old extrovert from Philadelphia who is making a difference to strangers every day: WATWB One man’s journey to speak with 10000 strangers with D.G. Kaye
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There are not many of us, especially when you reach my age of 67, who have not experienced loss. Whilst accepting that it is a part of our life cycle does not lessen the grief that can impact us in so many different ways, at home, work, health and in relationships.
In this post Christy Birmingham’s guest writer Stella Ryne shares some ways to help work through this natural part of our life’s profess.
After losing a loved one, 4 ways to get back on your feet
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest moments of a person’s life, explains Stella in this guest post. Something inside you breaks and you feel like it is never going to heal.
The period after the death of a loved one is very hard for those who remain behind. It takes time to adapt to the new situation and to move forward with that hole in your heart. It’s a slow process but certain things can help you get back on your feet a bit sooner.
1. Create a ritual
Traditional rituals like the funeral or going to the church aren’t what I’m referring to here. It’s about creating a ritual you will do by yourself, privately.
For example, maybe you can continue doing errands you did with your loved one to keep the memory alive. Or you can wash the car every weekend, just like your family member or friend did.
The point is that this ritual that you choose to do helps you go through grief without feeling a deep loss and hopeless sadness. In a way, you gain control over your life and you are also able to reflect on the memories of your loved one without getting too upset.
Every ritual is deeply personal, so find an activity or an event through which you can honour the person who died. It will help you conjure positive memories about that person, the ones you shared, and you will also be reminded of the person’s positive qualities.
Head over to read the rest of strategy #1 and the other three important elements: After Losing a Loved One – Christy Birmingham
Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveler, conscious consumer, and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book.
She’s deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable living and sustainable travel will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. Stay in touch with Stella via Twitter and Facebook.
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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.