What is Media?: A Presentation for K-8th Graders

Yesterday, Park Day School in Oakland, CA kicked off their annual CARE Week (Campaign for Acceptance, Respect and Empathy).  Their theme this year is MEDIA and their whole school, kindergarten through 8th grade, will dig deeper into various forms of Media, how it relates to their lives and what it has to do with creating a culture of empathy and compassion.  I was invited to be the opening assembly to kick off CARE Week for the school.

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For Veterans: Building Empathy towards Healing

I think Veterans should make plays.

A long time ago, I saw a piece on 60 minutes about Veteran’s coming home who were suffering from PTSD.  At least, I think it was 60 minutes.  If I could remember exactly, I would find the video and post it here.  The piece was focused on the lack of psychological services available at VA hospitals as well as the stigma around psychological care for veterans in general.  The piece showcased Veterans who had stories to tell and and were shocked and devastated that there were not enough people around who would listen.

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