Welcome to the middle of December, folks. It's a doozy, isn't it. Dr. Donnelly here, reporting in for this week's Friyays. While this may appear scattershot, the theme is 'holidays'. Dr. Hinson reminded us on Wednesday that addressing this season with compassion is the way to go, and I want to build on that. Compassion, learning, and remembering to breathe. Away we go.
1. We are currently in the festival of Hanukkah. While it's a minor feast in Judaism, it's probably the most recognized holiday to the Gentiles of America. As I was shopping for books for my yearly gifts to my godbabies (I am the nerd aunt, forever and always), I found this list to help pick a children's book about the festival to teach well. I went with Hanukkah is Coming for age appropriateness, but these all seem gems.
2. In an effort to help us all remember to connect our bodies to our brains. we've contracted with a certified yoga instructor to provide custom, short, trainings for AR clients. The first one launched this week and Joell Beagle talked us through our breath.
3. Christmas music is ubiquitous this time of year, especially for all you who work in retail! I try to find quiet songs, that reflect less of the commercial frenzy and more of the theology. My favorite album by a country mile is Andrew Peterson's "Behold the Lamb of God", which traces the story of Jesus from the Hebrew Exodus through the Incarnation. My favorite song is "Labor of Love", performed by Jill Phillips, which starts out with the bold (and TRUE) statement that it was not a silent night.
4. Food is a key part of most holidays, so I loved this article from How Stuff Works about international food traditions.
5. Finally, part of the holidays are year end lists, so wanted to give a mention to the fact that Merriam Webster's word of the year for 2017 was announced as 'feminism' earlier this week. Sounds about right.
What are you reading, listening to, thinking about this week? Let us know below!