Emily P. Freeman's latest podcast episode On Racism: Learning to Speak and Listen is what I needed to hear this morning. I encourage you to listen to it if you, too, are seeing what's going on in our nation and wondering what to do and how you fit in. (Heads up: She offers up a prayer from a Christian perspective at the very end.)
'My instinct along with a lot of other people, especially white people, is to ask, “What can I do?” My instinct is not to ask how have I contributed, but the more I listened to our Black brothers and sisters, the more this question comes to the surface. I keep hearing our black friends say, “Could you listen to us? Believe us. Learn our stories. Apologize to us.'
Last week, I virtually attended the Jefferson Infertility Counseling Conference. It's usually held in Philadelphia, but this year it was held online because of the pandemic. I was delighted to attend and hear excellent lectures from experts in the field on a variety of topics including legal updates in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), medical developments in ART, and possible causes of recurrent pregnancy loss.
Here's a great book list. Happy reading!
19 Books To Read For Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The CAAMFEST, the Bay Area's Asian film festival is still happening this year! Albeit online and modified. It starts tonight. Check out caamfest.com/2020 to see which screenings are happening. And....it's all free!
We're starting Week Nine of the Shelter-in-Place order here in Santa Clara County. I hope you are staying well and taking very good care of yourself.
I wanted to check-in:
How are you holding up?
What are you finding easier? What is harder?
Who/what do you miss? Who/what do you NOT miss?
What grief are you holding?
What is NOT helping you right now?
What is saving you right now?
PS: If you're feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, or just need someone to talk to you can text HOME to 741741 and you'll be connected to a Crisis Counselor.
Hey there! How are you doing?
A couple of things to note:
Today marks the start of National Infertility Awareness Week. One in eight couples face infertility, and yet it's not really talked that much about. During this pandemic, it's an especially difficult time to be going through infertility as most fertility interventions have been put on hold indefinitely.
What is your story?
Has infertility intersected with your life? Or the lives of people you know?
How can you take good care of yourself this week?
According to this New York Times article, we're more likely to NOT hear what those closest to us are really saying because we think we already know what they are going to say. Ouch.
I'm hearing from family, friends, and clients about the drive to be productive during this shelter-in-place period. Folks are posting on social media about their bread baking, house de-cluttering, and language learning. But is now really the time to be productive? What should we be focusing on right now?
The target audience for this article is those in academia, but I think it's applicable to all of us.
Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure
I’m Elaine Gee-Wong and I'm a therapist with a private practice in Santa Clara, CA.
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