Sober Mom - Staying On The Path to Recovery

Recovering from an addiction is tough enough, but when you throw in the tremendous responsibilities of motherhood, resisting cravings and remaining abstinent--much less enjoying the rewards of sobriety--canseem like an impossible challenge. Rosemary O'Connor brings her many years of experience working with women in recovery to addressing the key life issues mothers face at all stages of their recovery path including stress, relapse, relationships, sex and intimacy, spirituality, shame, gratitude, dating, and, parenting.
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In Your Own Hands

If you are among the millions of Americans living with a serious chronic illness, you know how challenging it can be. While you may do your best to manage your condition, you still must live with it every day, and it can be all too easy to succumb to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness-especially if medical science has not yet found a safe and effective treatment for your illness, and a cure is nowhere in sight. But you don't have to live this way. Using the road map Dr. Larry Berkelhammer offers in In Your Own Hands.
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Greening Death
 


We once disposed of our dead in earth-friendly ways—no chemicals, biodegradable containers, dust to dust. But over the last 150 years death care has become a toxic, polluting, and alienating industry in the United States.
 
Today, people are slowly waking up to the possibility of more sustainable and less disaffecting death care, reclaiming old practices in new ways, in a new age. Author of Greening Death , Suzanne Kelly traces the philosophical and historical backstory to this awakening, captures the passionate on-the-ground work of the Green Burial Movement, and explores the obstacles and other challenges getting in the way of more robust mobilization. As the movement lays claim to greener, simpler, and more cost-efficient practices, something even more promising is being offered up—a tangible way of restoring our relationship to nature."
 

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Then Comes Marriage: United States vs. Windsor - The Defeat of DOMA  

Roberta Kaplan’s gripping story of her defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Supreme Court. Renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer had been together as a couple, in sickness and in health, for more than forty years?enduring society’s homophobia as well as Spyer’s near total paralysis from multiple sclerosis. Although the couple was finally able to marry, when Spyer died the federal government refused to recognize their marriage, forcing Windsor to pay a huge estate tax bill. Kaplan describes meeting Windsor and their journey together to defeat DOMA. She shares the behind-the-scenes highs and lows, the excitement and the worries, and provides intriguing insights into her historic argument before the Supreme Court. A critical and previously untold part of the narrative is Kaplan’s own personal story, including her struggle for self-acceptance in order to create a loving family of her own. Then Comes Marriage tells this quintessentially American story with honesty, humor, and heart. It is the momentous yet intimate account of a thrilling victory for equality under the law for all Americans, gay or straight.
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Understanding Mental Disorders, Forward by, Patrick Kennedy,

Understanding Mental Disorders:

Your Guide to DSM-5® is a consumer guide for anyone who has been touched by mental illness. Most of us know someone who
suffers from a mental illness. This book helps those who may be struggling with mental health problems, as well as those who want to help others achieve mental health and well-being. Based on the latest, fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders known as DSM-5® Understanding Mental Disorders provides valuable insight on what to expect from an illness and its treatment and will help readers recognize symptoms, know when to seek help, and get the right care. Featured disorders include depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, among others. The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts. In addition to specific symptoms for each disorder, readers will find: Risk factors and warning signs Related disorders Ways to cope Tips to promote mental health Personal stories Key points about the disorders and treatment options A special chapter dedicated to treatment essentials and ways to get help. Helpful resources that include a glossary, list of medications and support groups One hour daily of Relationship and Mental Health Literacy Information presented in a lively conversation - you may laugh, you may cry, you may giggle, you may puzzle.  Learn and enjoy! 
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Coming up on  MyNDTALK!
STALKED!
What Aging Men

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Unsettled
Anthropologist Melvin Konner takes the whole sweep of Western civilization as his canvas and onto it places the Jewish people and faith. Drawing on archaeological findings, census data, religious texts, diaries, poetry, oral histories, and more, Konner shows how the Jews shaped the world around them and how this largely hostile but at times accepting world shaped Jewish practice, culture, and success. We see how the facts of oppression and ongoing diaspora led to the rise of Jewish literacy, education, trade, and influence that continue to make their mark today."  Take an hour of your time to learn about the man - Dr. Melvin Konner - and his faith.
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Seduced - The Trafficking of Teens

Every parent needs to listen to this conversation with Opal Singleton, author of Seduced!  Missing children are are being "sextorted" with a naked photo. Sometimes the young people are coerced or forced into prostitution. This is human trafficking and it is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. Parents give kids devices that open the door to over a million predators that can influence a child's thinking on morality, spirituality and sexuality while they are competing for approval in a fantasy world. Apps, social media and online gaming allow access, grooming, recruitment and exploitation of our young people by total strangers. Listen to this conversation, take notes and tell your friends - this could be a life saver! 

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Stay! 

A History of Suicide and The Philosophies Against It Worldwide, more people die by suicide than by murder, and many more are left behind to grieve. Despite distressing statistics that show suicide rates rising, the subject, long a taboo, is infrequently talked about. In this sweeping intellectual and cultural history, poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht channels her grief for two friends lost to suicide into a search for history's most persuasive arguments against the irretrievable act, arguments she hopes to bring back into public consciousness. From the Stoics and the Bible to Dante, Shakespeare, Wittgenstein, and such twentieth-century writers as John Berryman, Hecht recasts the narrative of our "secular age" in new terms. She shows how religious prohibitions against self-killing were replaced by the Enlightenment's insistence on the rights of the individual, even when those rights had troubling applications. This transition, she movingly argues, resulted in a profound cultural and moral loss: the loss of shared, secular, logical arguments against suicide.

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Gen Z!?  - Kirk Baumann and Bev Graham of Enactus join MyNDTALK! 

America’s first Internet generation (they’ve never known the world without the Internet) readying for the workforce!

Experts say by 2020, more than 20 percent of the workforce will be comprised of Gen Z employees, the next generation to come after ‘millennials’.

New and insightful research is available about this group, who are just about to embark on their careers. The study, conducted by Robert Half in collaboration with Enactus (a nonprofit organization of college students, academia and business leaders focused on entrepreneurialism) explores Gen Z’s career aspirations, workplace expectations and advice to attract and retain these incoming professionals."

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Cheryl L. Dozier : The Impact of Race

Today's program brings a conversation with Cheryl L. Dozier, Executive Director, Missouri Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC).   How does race impact the physical and mental lives of persons of color?  Don't miss this Friday conversation on MyNDTALK.

The MLBC represents African-American members of the Missouri Senate and the Missouri House of Representatives.  The Missouri Legislative Black Cause collectively represent @ 665,00 constituents throughout the state of Missouri.  The MBLC, through legislation, strives to improve the  quality of life for all citizens throughout the state of Missouri. Ms. Dozier is also CEO of The Dozier Group
International, a Governmental Relations, Marketing and Events Management consulting firm.  The firm provides strategic advice and expertise to businesses, non-profits and other organizations on legislative, executive and political issues.

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