'Loss is difficult at any time of life. It can be particularly difficult for teenagers, who are still navigating their way, sometimes clumsily, toward adulthood. They know they need help, but are sometimes reluctant to ask for it. And often, because of their youth, their loss may be the first death they have ever known.'
For a year, a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer sat in on meetings of a grief group at Archbishop Moeller high school, for boys who had lost a parent... and learned The Rules of Grieving
posted by zarq
on Jun 15, 2013 -
Private Ceremonies. "Most women don’t talk about their abortions and miscarriages. Virtually none go through the experience with a loved one at their side. The greatest gift an abortion counselor can give is to bear witness, to be with a woman as she goes through this private journey, to witness her strength and weakness, her grief, her relief, her pain."
A first person essay from a former abortion counselor.
posted by zarq
on May 21, 2013 -
is a new site targeting the more than 40 million Americans who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction. It features Ask-An-Expert videos
, news, editorials and thorough reviews
of rehab facilities based on Zagat's system. Founded by
Maer Roshan, one of the founders of Radar Magazine. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 7, 2011 -
Blood and Milk
is the blog of international development worker and writer Alanna Shaikh
, who consults on global health development and writes for publications such as the UN Dispatch
. Her views, based both on her work in the field and her study & understanding of sociology, international relations, and other such subjects, tend to be contrary to most other opinions on international development: voluntourism isn't helpful
, development work is mired in a culture of nice
, don't bother starting an NGO
(or, if you will anyway, here's how to succeed
), global health doesn't need innovation
, and microfinance is a disappointment
. Also, here's how to tell if your health project is doomed
, and Haiti doesn't need your shoes
(some people vehemently disagree
). Educated well-researched iconoclast, or pessimistic Mary Contrary?
posted by divabat
on Feb 4, 2010 -
Computer Hope The location for free online computer support and computer related information. Computer Hope has been designed to assist all types of computer users with any of their computer related questions as well as a great location to learn more about your computer and its hardware and software.
posted by konolia
on May 13, 2007 -
The Shock Absorber Bounce-o-Meter
is *definitely* NSFW
, but sure is a lot of fun. Choose your cup size, then your level of activity, and you will be presented with naked breasts, breasts in a normal bra and breasts in the Shock Absorber bra side by side...all the while doing some exercise to get things jiggling.
posted by gren
on Feb 28, 2006 -
Music to our ears...
...or at least, music from a bunch of people who give a damn. A boatload of musical artists at CDBaby.com
decided to give 100% of their profits to the Red Cross to help victims of Katrina.
posted by BoringPostcards
on Sep 3, 2005 -
Dubya's Dilemma: Daddy Doesn't Support the Iraq War
The Iraqi war that has so divided Americans is also causing a rift in the family of President George W. Bush.
The President’s father, George H.W. Bush – 41st President of the United States – disagrees with his son’s decisions in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, which is why the former President has not commented in public on the war.
“The President and I discuss the war privately,” the elder Bush said in an interview earlier this year. “That is the way it will remain.”
But sources close to the Bush family say the elder Bush thinks his son has mishandled the war in Iraq.
posted by Postroad
on Jun 18, 2004 -
Unbiased (ideally) but not inhuman (hopefully)
The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at the University of Washington studies the effects of crazy badness ("if it bleeds, it leads") on reporters and studies ways in which the news media can better cover traumatic events in the life of the world: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. From a piece on the site, "9-11 Journalists Share Memories, Support," "Long before Sept. 11, he was interested in how journalists respond to the pain and misery they encounter in their work, and the lack of support they often find in a traditionally tough-minded business. Then he nearly died while photographing the World Trade Center attack, and found those issues hit closer to home than he ever imagined."
posted by jengod
on Jul 23, 2003 -
Is it me, or does Mac Mentor
sound like the name of a comic book super-villian? (Say it slow.)
posted by sudama
on Jun 13, 2003 -
SBC Customer Service staffed by bots?
The bots themselves don't bother me too much, I think its pretty cool if SBC Yahoo has bots advanced enough that they can use them for online customer service and the bots turn out to be actually helpful (I don't know, since I never have problems with my DSL and have never used them). What is disturbing, though, is the apparent deceit involved by having that the bots insist on being human. Anyone know anything more?
posted by akmonday
on Feb 19, 2003 -
Not just selfcentered, but warmongers too.
SUV owners are more likely the the general populous to support the war in Iraq (60%). When small SUVs are eliminated, the figure jumps to (80%). Probably not a causal relationship, but interesting none the less.
posted by delmoi
on Feb 4, 2003 -
"Cryptophis nigrescens killed my computer."
... "my computer was making a strange hissing noise last night and this morning when I turned it on there was a crackling noise and some smoke then nothing, if I bring it in can you fix it?"
One of my colleagues took this tech support call and has the photographs to prove it.
posted by snarfodox
on Nov 28, 2002 -
No more Muzak™ and classic rock? "The [IBM] interns collaborated on something called Hold Freedom, a way to ease the tedium of being on hold while waiting to talk to a human. The program enables callers placed on hold to listen to news, music of their choice, enter a chat group with other customers or even make another phone call without losing their place in the queue. The choices would be based on personal profiles that the customers had previously completed on the call center to phone company's Web site."
(Also cool that the idea comes from summer interns.)
posted by tippiedog
on Aug 27, 2001 -
"Ask Maxwell" -- Microsoft's New Support Database
Am I the only one who finds something a tad sinister about this thing? He looks a bit odd, and considering it's supposed to be automated support, this profile of him
is damned creepy.
By the way -- the profile states that he/it is an English major
. Uh, Bill? -- wouldn't it have been a smoother move to say that the "guy" was a Comp Sci major?
posted by metrocake
on Aug 24, 2000 -