Women in History #2 – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Women in History #2 – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

And we return with another Women in History section, where the focus is on the achievements of some of the great women who graced our planet. Today we’ll be speakingelisabeth_kc3bcbler-ross_1926_-_2004 about Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

 

Elizabeth was born in Switzerland on July 8th 1926, interestingly she is one baby out of set of triplets. After the Second World War, Elizabeth started volunteering with the International Voluntary Service for Peace, and through this voluntary service started helping victims who had been in the concentration camps in Germany and Poland.

 

Upon her return to Switzerland, she started studying medicine, getting her degree in 1957. She had always had an interest in medicine, however, her father did his utmost to dissuade her from achieving this dream – instead he told her that she could become a secretary or a maid instead. Thankfully, Elizabeth did not listen to her father, however, she did have to leave home at the age of 16 and work a series of jobs. Nevertheless, she achieved her dream of studying medicine.

 

A few years later, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross at Arizona House, 2001, Editorial use only, No Tabsshe travelled to the US to practice medicine and continue specialising. She wanted to study paediatrics, however, she went into psychiatry instead. She graduated as a psychiatrist in 1963 from the University of Colorado. She had a particular interest in death and dying, and she continued to study this topic, even doing weekly seminars on death for terminally ill patients.

 

In 1967, she published her book On Death and Dying, where she outlined the 5 stages people who are dying go through. She always had an interest in the subject, and was shocked by the treatment of terminally ill patients by medical practitioners. It is reported that while she was teaching at the University of Colorado, she replaced one of her colleagues and instead of doing the curriculum, she brought in a 16 year old girl who was suffering from Leukemia. She asked the students present to ask this girl any question they want. After a few questions revolving purely around her condition, the girl erupted in anger and pointed out that she was a person as well – a person who could not have dreams or aspirations, who may not get to go to Prom. This shows clearly that Elizabeth has a deep respect for those suffering from terminally ill conditions, and did her utmost for these “patients” to be seen as “people” instead.

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Unfortunately, in 1995, after a series of strokes which left her partially paralysed, Elizabeth retired to Arizona. She died on August 24th, 2004.

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Goodbye (Very) Old Friend

Goodbye (Very) Old Friend

Today is both a sad day and one of celebration and empowerment – for two different reasons.

A sad day because one of our historic gems has fallen, and while it could not be prevented due to natural detioration, I’m sure it wasn’t helped when people kept on climbing on top of it…or detonating bombs beneath.

 

For those who are not based on the Maltese Islands, the Azure Window is one of the best things on the Island of Gozo. It was used as a backdrop of various movies, including Clash of Titans:

 

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And Game of Thrones:

 

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But last night, due to the high winds and force of the sea, the Azure Window fell…

 

But on a brighter note – today is also Women’s Day and thus also a day of celebration.

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Women of all shapes and forms, from all backgrounds, should be celebrated for their achievements – which unfortunately are commonly disregarded.

So happy women’s day, and not just for our cis-ters!

And here is a photo of the azure window, which I had the pleasure to visit with one of the best women I know

 

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Thursday Wisdom #2

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You can travel the world a thousand times over, and eventually you will be seeing the same things… but if you change the WAY in which you look at the world, you will learn more about your self, and the world around you.

Today I urge you to change your perspective about what is going on around you. Are you annoyed by something someone does? Think about their intention, is it there to hurt you? No – then it shouldn’t annoy you, because they’re not out to annoy or hurt you.

 

Radical Feminism and Catholicism

Radical Feminism and Catholicism

 

Hey guys! I came across this article, what are your views on feminism which is radical, and how Catholicism can affect women?

 

Laura Goode investigates her Catholic identity—the radical, feminist, social-justice-oriented version she discovered upon encountering the mysteries of marriage and motherhood—years after her departure from the guilt-stricken, conservative Catholicism of her upbringing.

via Against Confession: On Intersectional Feminism, Radical Catholicism, and Redefining Remorse — Longreads

Is Sexting Part of Childhood Too?

Just with any modern move, such as the internet, comes the creativity associated with how to make this modern development aid sex. In other words – how can we use the internet to have sex?

The answer : sexting. be it through photos (snapchat), text (sms/whatsapp/messenger), and various other ways I wont go into here.

 

Would you be comfortable with a topless, naked or otherwise compromising photo of yourself doing the rounds of your social circle, or even beyond, out there in lawless cyberspace, potentially for ever? I imagine not, so why, when schoolchildren go through it, do some people file it under the “kids will be kids” heading?

via Carry on sexting? That’s no way to help your kids… | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian

click on the link above^ if you’re interested in this topic and want to learn more!