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Archive for November, 2009


By Beth Fiteni, Environmental Health Advocate, (Woodhull Alumna) as posted in Newsday, November 25, 2009.

I never look forward to Thanksgiving.   Not because my family gatherings are unpleasant, or because I am unpatriotic, but because of what Thanksgiving has come to symbolize: overindulgence, without much thought of consequences.  In a time when more of us are thinking about our impact on the planet, it’s time to re-evaluate how we celebrate this holiday.

Everyone likes to think that Thanksgiving turkeys live in bucolic conditions, but the realities of big-business agriculture in the United States contradict that image.   Some of us may not care if the way our food was produced has negative consequences, but what was Thanksgiving originally supposed to mean?


Category : Culture | Education | Featured | Blog

By Madeline Wheeler (Woodhull Alumna), as posted in the Huffington Post on November 16, 2009.

When asked to come up with a list of the top 10 books for 2009 to counter Publisher’s Weekly all male Top Ten Best Books of 2009, our group of over 5000 women writers at She Writes decided not to make a list. What point could be made by making a top 10 female authors list? Virginia Woolf posited that great artists are androgynous. It is hard to believe the claim that PW was dismayed that their list turned up all male. There isn’t anything new about a top 10 list — they’re fun — but can they effect change? A controversial top 10 … well, that’s something. continue

Category : Culture | Blog

Originally posted to Sassy Women Online

by Eva C. Haldane (Woodhull Alumna)

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend Woodhull’s Young Women’s Ethical Leadership Retreat.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.  In my life I’m still adjusting to my transition from full time employee to full time student, a different apartment and roommate and all my own personal issues.  It came after I did something that wasn’t too ethical and was beating myself up over it and getting beat up over it by the person I did it to.  In short, I was kind of a mess.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect,  but Leah and my aunt had both told me it would change my life.  I was looking for a change and so I went open minded. continue

Category : Past Programing and Retreat Reflections | Blog

by Leeat Granek, (Woodhull Alumna)

(Original version and discussion available on The Huffington Post here)

Photo: HooverFamilyPhotos, Flickr

Photo: HooverFamilyPhotos, Flickr

I recently read a book that changed my life.

The Highly Intuitive Child by Catherine Crawford explained me to myself in ways that 11 years in university, a PhD in Psychology, and two years working in the profession failed to do.

In this short book, Crawford describes a certain kind of kid who is especially sensitive, especially intuitive, and especially empathic and who teaches parents how to nurture and care for them in a world that makes them feel they are crazy, “too sensitive,” or just plain old weird.


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