Events and Happenings: Women’s History Month Celebrations

What’s Coming Up in Nashville to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Sony Musicians Celebrate Women

Sony Music Nashville and WME will commemorate Women’s History Month with a special show at City Winery on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Titled “A Celebration of Women’s History Month,” the event will feature performances from Rachel Wammack, Hannah Dasher, Carlton Anderson, Robert Counts, Seaforth, and more. The newcomers will honor some of country music’s most legendary female artists, by covering hit songs and spotlighting their accomplishments over the decades.

The show will be hosted by media personalities Ashley Eicher and Hunter Kelly, of the All Our Favorite People podcast.

All event proceeds will go to benefit She Is The Music, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating change for women and building an equal future for music through various programs and initiatives.


Vanderbilt University Women’s History Month Events

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will hold a celebration in honor of Women’s History Month on March 11. The Vanderbilt University community is invited to attend the event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sarratt Promenade, which will feature food, music, trivia, prizes and a photo booth.


Come celebrate sisters of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds this International Women’s Day 2019!

IWDNashville is a day for us to come together in joy and fraternity, with Speakers from every walk of life, performers representing the vibrant diversity of Nashville, and networking for every hue in the spectrum of gender, culture, and color, along with our fabulous allies and support from Nashville-born businesses!

The event will be held at The Parthenon, icon of the City of Nashville!

Come to #IgniteYourLightNashville and see it Burn Brightly with other local women!


March 31, 2019: Couture Construction, benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville Women Build

Join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville Women Build on March 31 for Couture Construction! From 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Dillard’s at The Mall at Green Hills, enjoy a fun-filled evening of networking, shopping, a fashion show featuring the organization’s 12 extraordinary “Groundbreakers”, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a swag bag. Your $50 ticket includes all of the fun and goes to a great cause. Every dime of ticket profits and a portion of Dillard’s proceeds from the evening will go towards Women Build. See you there!  habitatnashville.org




Upcoming Choral Concerts

Please join us this holiday season as the HHS singers perform their annual winter concerts:  the Winter Choral Concert and “A Very Burro Christmas”.  Both performances will be held in the auditorium at Hillsboro High School.

The Winter Choral Concert is Tuesday, December 11th at 6 PM and features the following choirs: Pops, Chamber, Women’s, and Mixed Choir.

A Very Burro Christmas,” is on Wednesday, December 12th and Thursday, December 13th at 6 PM. This concert features the Pops Choir as well as Hillsboro’s new Jazz Ensemble.

The performance will include everything from solos to group performances – all to get you in the holiday spirit for just $5!

Janelle Ganske, the choir director and all of her students have worked hard to prepare these special arrangements for our Community.  Proceeds from “A Very Burro Christmas” will benefit Hillsboro’s Choral Program.

Mark your calendars this week to see one of the many great programs Hillsboro has to offer.

Follow the Hillsboro Choir’s Instagram @hhssingers or check out hillsborosingers.com for pictures, videos and more information.  

Contact the Hillsboro Globe at [email protected] for any additional questions.




The 2018 Hume trophy is awarded December 6, 2018

L-R: Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane; Joseph Honeysucker, Hillsboro; Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK and Devon Starling, Cane Ridge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Today following a luncheon at Swett’s Restaurant hosted by the Nashville Civilian Club, Joseph Honeysucker from Hillsboro High school was named as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Hume Award. Honeysucker recently committed to Memphis University to play football.

The Hume Award recognizes the most outstanding football player in Metro School in the areas of sportsmanship, scholarship, and football ability. The Hume Award has been given since 1944.

Joseph Honeysucker holding the Hume Award Trophy flanked by his parents at Swetts Restaurant December 6, 2018.

Honeysucker expressed his shock and surprise after winning and having the trophy presented. “I was super-surprised and humbled, even shocked that I was the winner because I know of all the candidates and they are super deserving. To be listed as the 75 name inscribed on the trophy along with other heavy hitters like Coach Reggie Grimes and Coach Jamie Stewart is such an honor. I mean,  to be listed forever is a great honor.”

Each Metro School nominates one player, and then the nominees are reviewed by a committee composed of school administrators, football officials, and area sportswriters. There is always a sense of anticipation before the announcement because though the committee member knows who he or she voted for during the finalist selection, no one on the committee knows who their fellow committee members voted.

Five finalists were named before today’s ceremony. Joining Honeysucker as a finalist were Devon Starling, Cane Ridge; Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane, and Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK.

The other nominees were Nestor Corea, Antioch; Rondarius DeJuan Gregory, East Nashville; Ricardo Jose Ruiz Machado, Glencliff; Clinton B. Dowty III, Maplewood; Eduardo Villalobos, McGavock; Aran Mohamed-Ali, Overton; Calvin Farmer, Jr. Stratford, and Franklin Russell Griggs, Whites Creek.

The Hume Trophy is not a hollow trophy that is easily lifted by anyone, it is a solid maple trophy with solid brass decorations. Honeysucker stated, “the weight of the trophy really matches the weight of the award. I feel a responsibility to uphold the standards that began the award.”

 




Edmunds recommends Labor Day car deals for bargain hunters

As the summer season winds down, the car-business clearance season ramps up.

Both car dealers and carmakers are offering deals to sell off the 2018 models and make room for the 2019s. Labor Day weekend will feature some of the best prices of the year to date.

Take, for example, the popular 2018 Ford F-150.

Over Memorial Day, the average discount was a little more than $7,000. Now that clearance season has started, discounts run as deep as $12,000 in some areas.

If you’re eager to pick the perfect car as opposed to being forced to choose from what’s left over, now is the time to shop.

More than 80 percent of cars sold in September will be 2018 models, according to Edmunds sales data.

By December, the 2018 inventory is projected to be about half that. So while discounts might be better at the end of the year, you may not have the choices you will now.

And if you’re concerned about car-cost increases because of rising interest rates or possible tariffs, that’s all the more reason to do some shopping now.

Our picks are based on three criteria: significant savings, good reviews by Edmunds’ test team and widespread availability. Specific discounts vary by region and may differ based on the trim level, and MSRP does not include destination fees.

These deals should be available through Sept. 4 and we’ve included a snapshot of the savings you might see in various regions. Curious about deals in your own area? Visit Edmunds and enter your ZIP code to see what’s available near you.

SUVs—

2018 CHEVROLET TAHOE (starting MSRP: $47,500. Savings up to $12,500 in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area)The Tahoe seats up to nine people in a cabin that’s quiet and nicely trimmed. On the downside, maneuvering in tight spaces is challenging.
2018 FORD ESCAPE (starting MSRP: $23,940. Savings up to $8,400 in the Houston area)The Escape’s steering and handling feel more like a car’s. For better punch, choose the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine on the Titanium trim level, but know it will cost you in terms of fuel economy.
2018 HYUNDAI SANTA FE (starting MSRP: $30,850. Savings up to $7,800 in the Los Angeles area)The Santa Fe offers great standard features for the money, even though its fuel economy is slightly subpar and its cargo capacity falls short of some competitors.
2018 NISSAN MURANO (starting MSRP: $30,800. Savings up to $9,800 in the Chicago area)The Murano delivers the right balance of power and fuel efficiency and has an interior with high-quality materials and a unique design. Although it’s an SUV, it lacks the heft to tow heavy boats or trailers.

SEDANS—

2018 CHEVROLET MALIBU (starting MSRP: $21,680. Savings up to $9,000 in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area)There’s a spacious interior with lots of front-seat headroom. A downside is that the six-speed automatic can be unrefined at low speeds.
2018 HONDA ACCORD (starting MSRP: $23,570. Savings up to $5,500 in the Chicago area)The Accord’s turbocharged engines are powerful and fuel-efficient, and many advanced driver safety aids come standard. The low seating position slightly hampers entry and exit, however.
2018 INFINITI Q50 (starting MSRP: $35,200. Savings up to $9,400 in the Los Angeles area)The turbocharged V6 engines on upper trim levels pack plenty of power. Many high-tech entertainment and safety features are standard. A con is that the interior design is showing its age.
2018 KIA OPTIMA (starting MSRP: $22,600. Savings up to $7,200 in the Los Angeles area)The Optima offers more features for the money than most rivals and boasts an easy-to-use infotainment system. On the downside, the sloping roofline cuts into rear headroom and visibility.

TRUCKS—

2018 CHEVROLET COLORADO CREW CAB (starting MSRP: $26,300. Savings of up to $9,100 in the Miami area)The Colorado’s gasoline V6 and diesel four-cylinder engines can tow more than rivals. Its size gives it maneuverability. But its low-hanging front air dam limits off-road potential.
2018 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 CREW CAB (starting MSRP $34,785. Savings up to $14,200 in the Miami area)The Silverado’s V8 engines offer quick acceleration and strong towing ability. The quiet cabin has front seats that are comfortable for long drives. It does feel heavier from behind the wheel than its competitors, however.
2018 FORD F-150 SUPERCREW (starting MSRP: $34,285. Savings of up to $12,000 in the Chicago area)The F-150’s available comfort and safety technology go from basic to luxurious, while multiple engine choices deliver exceptional balance of power and fuel economy.
However, its aluminum body panels tend to carry higher repair costs, and its fuel economy estimates couldn’t be had in Edmunds’ real-world testing.
EDMUNDS SAYS: Thanks to deep end-of-model-year discounts and plentiful inventory, Labor Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to buy a new car.



Social, emotion and physical health are just the pathway that Ms. Lonny Nelson uses to support her students

Kind and caring, supportive, and Nashville Predators fan are how many of Ms. Lonny Nelson’s students describe her. Few know,  however, she is a Blue Ribbon teacher who once considered being a veterinarian but changed her major because the thought of putting down an animal was beyond her scope of understanding.

Ms. Nelson is one of Hillsboro High School’s CTE (Career and Technical Education) teachers who teaches in the Academy of Health Sciences. Like the core classes students are familiar with like English and History, Ms. Nelson’s classes are very academic where students learn high level vocabulary and prepare for health care industry certifications that will give her students an opportunity to pursue a health care career after high school. Unlike English and History, Ms. Nelson brings in industry professionals that bring the careers in health care into the classroom. Students in AGHS not only learn in the classroom, but along with Ms. Thomas, Ms. Fisher-Jaskson and Ms. Nelson, students will be have opportunities to learn outside of the classroom as well.

CTE is a division of Tennessee’s Education Diploma Program’s options for high school students and there is perhaps no better example of a CTE teacher than Lonny Nelson, a health science teacher at Hillsboro High School. She provides amazing experiences that only teachers of CTE programs can offer.

Ms. Nelson has been teaching 11 years, has been in the health care industry 20 years, she is a 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winning teacher and is the chair of the CTE department at Hillsboro.

 

Ms. Nelson is also the adviser of the St. Thomas Health Scholars of the Academy of Health Science at Hillsboro High School. Along with Ms.Rebecca from Saint Thomas who comes once every week. This program is a nationally recognized for its industry certifications which students of Ms. Nelson and the AGHS will take in early May.

Healthcare and education are two of the largest industries in Nashville. It is only natural for these two industries to partner and provide ground-breaking opportunities for high school students who are interested in pursuing a future in the healthcare field. The Saint Thomas Health Scholars program is a result of this partnership.

One of my favorite things I get to do as an educator is work with new teachers. Loved facilitating with TNDOE this week! – Lonny Nelson (1/12/18)

Ms. Nelson is ‘that teacher’ that her students can count on. She is there when her students need help whether it is academic help or personal. She is the consummate teacher knowing when to push and when to give her students space

National certification tests can be very intimidating, but Ms. Nelson was there every step of the way in our preparation for the CCMA  (Clinical Certified Medical Assistant) Not only did we feel prepared for the exam, we felt supported because she helped take away the fear of taking such an important exam. She always tells us how proud she is of us and I can always go to her for help with anything.

The Hillsboro Globe had an opportunity to sit with Ms. Nelson and discover more about what is important to her as a teacher and a community member. Excerpts of the interview follow.

HG: What made you want to become a teacher and how has your teaching experience been up to now? I have seen shift in education, not just in high school, in elementary school too.

Poor communications have increased the longer I taught and good communication skills are essential to success.   want to create  positive change. I have had a positive and challenging teaching experience to date! I wanted to become a teacher because I felt like I could make a positive impact in how students are educated.”

How long have you been a teacher? I have been a teacher at Hillsboro for 5 years. I have also taught other grades, even second grade! I personally like teaching high school better although I didn’t intentionally apply for high school. It was an accident but  in my opinion it fits me perfectly. 

My background as a physical therapist assistant along with a degree in education make a perfect fit for CTE, but I was originally certified pre-k- 6th.

What other professions did you consider? I actually considered  broadcasting at MTSU for a year and a half and hated it. I also considered veterinarian school as well but could not bare the thought of putting an animal down. I changed majors a lot the first time I went to college; settled on physical therapy then years later decided to get a masters so I could teach.”

How do you feel about the students that you teach and why? It might seem superficial, but I care deeply for my students and I am always very proud of them. I enjoy how diverse they are in their culture and potential. 

I feel like my kids have a lot of the same challenges that I did growing up and I have tried to remember some of the difficult times and what I wish someone had said or done for me. That makes me feel like I had a bond with them.

What’s your worst experience as a teacher? One of the worst experiences as a teacher for I had happened all in the course of 4 days. My first year at teaching I a student jumped  out of a window because he did not want to be in class, a student who accidentally left her food in her backpack causing an infestation of ants in the class, and dealt with a student who had bloody diarrhea on top of vomiting. I called that “the week of gross. It was something everyday, there was also a ginormous spider! (Im talking tennis ball sized) that someone had to kill!

Do you have any children and if so do you want them to pursue a career in health care? I have one daughter who is now 18 and she has no interest in the health care field. At first I tried to get her interested in jobs such as therapy but I gave up. I figured if Maddison was not passionate about the health care industry, she would  unhappy and probably not very successful. You should love what you do. Maddison is a professional ballroom dancer and instructor, and she loves it! I am so proud of her!

Why do you care about people as much as you do? When I was younger, my family wasn’t stable but I had someone who always looked out for me to make sure I was okay. I want my students to have someone like that as well. My faith and relationship with Jesus drives what I do in my daily life. I want people to know that they are loved and there is a better future for them.

The most important thing I can do everyday as a teacher is to really listen to what my students say. Somedays I do a good job and other days I regret not being better; but regardless, I keep trying to make sure every student I have knows how important his or her voice is.””

— Ms. Nelson

What do you think motivates you everyday to be the person you are? My family motivates me the most. I want my daughter to know how proud I am of her. I also want others to see God in me and know that I love them. For all the turmoil  I experienced growing up, I am proud to be who I am. I learned a lot from that and I am proud of what I do as a teacher.

And lastly, what are some personal experiences that you went through as a teacher (or just in general) that made a serious impact on you than you can still learn from today? One student that impacted medeeply talked about how bad his neighborhood was. He was open about it and it shocked her to hear how bad it really is for some kids in their homes and in their neighborhoods. I knew some of my students really had a tough life, but this student really opened my eyes to how tough it really is for many  kids. I had  never really imagined it was like the way he explained. I personally think hearing about my student’s life outside of school inspired me to be more kind and understanding. Personally , I will always be impacted by the way I grew up. There was alcoholism, abuse, mental illness, and extreme poverty throughout my childhood. It drives me to be better, not to be the victim and be stronger.”

 




The Bachelor’s Controversial Closer

     The ending of the Bachelor’s season. The Bachelor, also known as Arie Luyendyk Jr. made his final decision and proposed to  Bekha Kurfin and the viewing audience thought that was the ending. But in one of the strangest endings in the shows history, months after the final rose, proposal and ring have been offered, the Bachelor takes everything back and runs to a contestant who he had discarded previously.

Six years ago, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was in love and a day away from proposing to the woman of his dreams. And then, she broke his heart. Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson) may not have been Arie’s future wife, but he hasn’t been able to find a love like hers since. Now Arie is back and ready to race into America’s heart yet again when he returns for a second shot at love, starring in the 22nd season of The Bachelor.

Two months after the season wrapped Luyendyk realized he had made a mistake and was in love with Kurfin’s runner up, Laura Turnham. In an audience awkward moment, Arie broke up with Bekha on TV.  The entire moment was caught on camera. ABC named Kurfin the leading lady of the next season of the Bachelorette to help her on her mission to find love.

 




National Month of Women Series: Cardi B Passes Beyoncé To Become First Woman With 5 Top 10 Hits

Cards B is a chart-topping female superstar checking off goals and cranking out hits becoming the first woman and only the third musical act who has  recently had five of the top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in a single week.

Cardi B stated on Instgram January 2, “What a great way to start my Year.Thank you Lord .Only you and i know how much i pray to you.These last few weeks been too much for me but my Lord always find a way to uplift me .Thank you to my fans ,DJS ,Team for the support .Thanks to all the artist who featured me In thesee songs and thanks guys for showing my second single BARTIER CARDI some love 😍😍😍😍💕💕💕💪🏾💪🏾I love you”

She places five singles in the top 10 Billboard charts on January 20, 2018 tying Drake and Kendrick Lamar for the most concurrent top 10s.

Drake has done it eight times (all in 2016) and Lamar has done it once in 2017.

Here’s how all 5 songs rank on the charts:
#1 Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B “Finesse” (Remix)
#3 G-Eazy featuring Cardi B “No Limit”
#4 Migos featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj “Motorsport”
#7 Cardi B “Bartier Cardi”
#10 Cardi B “Bodak Yellow”

Billboard’s Trevor Anderson reports that in addition to “Finesse,” Cardi B ranks in the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with a featured role on G-Eazy’s “No Limit,” which slides from its No. 2 high to No. 3, “Motorsport,” a collaboration with Migos and Nicki Minaj, which retreats 3-4, “Bartier Cardi,” up 9-7 and “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)”, a non-mover at No. 10.

Cardi B is the only artist to achieve the feat with her first five chart entries. Her producer from Kansas City, Kan., helped her rise to stardom with her first hit single “Bodack Yellow (Money Moves). ” The last solo female rapper at No. 1 was Lauryn Hill in 1998 with “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

While Cardi B and Beyoncé have different music styles and flows, Beyoncé has more experience with music and different styles because she’s older ( Beyoncé is 36) and Cardi B is younger and still learning her way (Cardi B is 25). Her stardom started with her on a popular show called “Love and Hip Hop New York” and it also helped that her fiancé, Offset, featured her in some of his songs (i.e. Motorsport). Cardi B is from the Bronx, New York so her music style is more hardcore rap and unfiltered while Beyoncé is from Houston, Texas so her style is more versatile.

Cardi B was worth $600,000 at the start of September 2017. However following the success of ‘Bodak Yellow’, that figure has reportedly risen to $4 million, however, Beyonce is worth over $350 million.




Have you had “The Talk” with a teen yet?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Lifeline (@800273TALK) · Twitter

(The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. An online chat option is also available.)

There are roughly 30,000 suicides in the United States each year, and three-fourths of those are men. But the number of attempted suicides is at least 10 times that, and even that estimate may be low because many suicide attempts are usually classified as lacerations or accidental poisonings when patients receive treatment in hospital emergency rooms.

Although suicide rates are lower among women, women lead men two to one in suicide attempts.

And secrets that are exposed to the rational light of day often become less powerful and scary. ”

— Teen Suicide Prevention

According to the American Psychiatric Association, of all young people who suffer from depression will eventually attempt suicide at least once. Of the more than – of young people who attempt suicide due to depression, more than 7% will die as a result. 53% of teens who commit suicide abused alcohol.

How can you tell if someone might be depressed or contemplating suicide?

  • Saving the life of someone from suicide depends on our ability to recognize those people who are in distress and may be at risk. The American Association of Suicidology developed a simple tool that is available for everyone to use to remember the warning signs of suicide. This tool is called “IS PATH WARM” and outlines the key points to remember.

Suicidal thoughts are often a plea for help and a desperate attempt to escape from problems and distressing feelings. You should encourage the suicidal person to do most of the talking, if they are able to.

They need the opportunity to talk about their feelings and their reasons for wanting to die and may feel great relief at being able to do this. It may be helpful to talk about some of the specific problems the person is experiencing.

Discuss ways to deal with problems which seem impossible to cope with, but do not attempt to ‘solve’ the problems yourself.

What are the statistics for men and women who attempt suicide?

While men are more likely to die as a result of a suicide attempt, women are more likely to engage in what is known as deliberate self-harm (DSH) or self mutilation.

DSH involves any sort of self-harming behavior, whether or not the intent is to commit suicide.

Research suggests that people who use self mutilation are not usually trying to kill themselves, though sometimes they do. While many people associate self harm with a desire for attention, it is not, and is often done in private. Examples of DSH include non-lethal drug overdoses and self-injury such as cutting.

While suicide may not be the motivation, many people who engage in self-harm may be having suicidal thoughts, and may also go too far in their self-harming behavior resulting in unintentional suicide.

  • The landmark study, a collaboration between Lund University in Sweden and Stanford University, showed that the rate of suicide among men is almost three times that of women. In the U.S., the rate is even higher — almost four times as many males as females die by suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Common suicide methods in men include:

  • Firearms
  • Hanging
  • Asphyxiation, or suffocation
  • Jumping
  • Moving objects
  • Sharp objects
  • Vehicle Exhaust Gas

Common suicide methods in women include:

  • Self-poisoning (women four times as likely as men to die from drug poisoning)
  • Exsanguination (bleeding out from a cut such as a “slit” wrist)
  • Drowning
  • Hanging (one study found that men and women are both just as likely to die by hanging)
  • Firearms (women were 73 percent less likely to use firearms as men)

According to the APnews, suicides in Tennessee have reached the record breaking high. An average of three people died by suicide each day in Tennessee in 2016, the highest recorded in the state in more than 35 years.

A few facts to end with:

  1. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
  2. In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
  3. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
  4. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
  5. Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
  6. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
  7. There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
  8. Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
  9. 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
  10. There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  11. Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

Sources:

http://www.sprc.org/about-suicide/warning-signs

https://www.verywell.com/gender-differences-in-suicide-methods-1067508

https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-suicide

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/just-listen/201408/male-suicide-vs-female-suicide

 

 

 




Recognizing signs of trouble and suggestions to help increase positive mental health

Understanding the gravity of the past 45 days is difficult for the most savvy student or adult. The scope of the tragedies is large and massive. However, viewing facts for what they are, facts, can help one compartmentalize and a student or adult deal with each area of hurt, grief and fear or anger that a shooting tragedy like that which happened on Valentine’s Day in Florida brings to the surface.

A few facts to note:

  • There have been 14 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to the CDC and other research organizations listed below involving injury as the result of gunfire.
  •  In eight of the 17 school shootings, a gun was fired but no one was injured.
  • Two of the shootings were classified as being attempted or completed suicides with no intent to injure another person.
  • The attack on Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. within the first 45 days of 2018.

Why people think school shootings happen

Memories are short. People become inoculated to similar tragedies that happen in repetition. “We see it — it comes on television,” Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent For CBS News, said, “then it goes away — and then we wait for it to happen the next time.” Does waiting for it to happen again infer that the general public is condoning these actions or is it a symptom of the communities feeling of powerlessness to stop what is happening by traditional means that have worked in the past?

A common theory for the repetition of violence is that it has an effect of contagion. Often these young assassins are inspired by examples set by previous shooters. The fantasies typically intensify over a number of years before they are acted on. With time, the mental images become more detailed, and they often become buttressed by a distorted sense of what is just or moral, such as the need to avenge a perceived offense or the belief in a divine right to decide the fate of others. The line of normal private thoughts of revenge, which many of us have but fail to act on gets crossed and the ideations are acted on.

Almost everyone has imagined vengeful scenarios, even murderous ones, after particularly frustrating experiences, according to research by psychologist David Buss of the University of Texas at Austin. “Such fantasies can defuse tension and thus might be considered a type of psychological hygiene. As Austrian psychoanalyst Theodor Reik put it: A thought murder a day keeps the psychiatrist away.”

How to know when a person is not just imagining a vengeful scenario and is actually planning to act on the thought is the crux of the frustration for almost every school administrator, counselor, teacher, friend, and parent faces. Even more confusing is when to act.

Signs of psychic trouble include being
excessively introverted and lacking strong social attachments.

Adolescents who saw or otherwise experienced violence at a young age are very susceptible to intense brutal fantasies, points out clinical psychologist Al Carlisle, who practices in Price, Utah, and has long studied serial killers and young violent criminals. Such experiences, Carlisle says, “foster a belief that violence is the only way to gain recognition and respect.”

These fantasies become increasingly important to a disturbed youth, and multiple research sources indicate that when a young person is neglected, he begins to neglect his real relationships to focus on the mechanics of the deed he has dreamed about.

Then a serious frustration, such as the breakup of one of his last friendships, death of a friend, relative or parent, or the loss of a stable home life may cause a borderline young person to double up  his efforts to follow through with a horrible, attention getting act.

How can the average person help?

It can be as simple as being a friend or simply listening to “that person” who we all know is a little off if for no other reason than to keep a check on how he or she is doing. Money may not “solve” this issue directly, however, lowering class size so teachers can actually build relationship with every student could be a positive start.

Strong relationships with peers, teachers and other adults provide an even more effective shield against destructive fantasies. Criminologists have known for decades that building and maintaining relationships with socially accepted people is the best way to prevent violence.

When a youth establishes ties to people he cares about, he is apt to feel that he has too much at stake to act out his brutal dreams.

School psychologists and social workers need to help disillusioned youths find a place for themselves in society, something many of them feel they lack. In one of Castillo’s home videos he says: “All I wanted was respect…. No one respected me.”

Providing more, not less extracurricular activities with transportation enables students who don’t feel included to have a chance to participate. Earning respect from classmates who like the same kind of interests is important. However, not near enough clubs are available, and even if there is, there is not transportation for all students across school systems.

Providing  job counselors has been suggested.  On a broader scale, schools should offer seminars that advise students on ways to discover their talents and interests and how to use them to earn admiration.

The common thread of solutions throughout the variety research read and students polled is that those activities that offer accomplishment in concrete ways can change the attitude of almost anyone struggling to be included.

In some cases, a youth may alert the media to his plans.

At Virginia Tech, Cho unleashed two shooting sprees separated by two and a half hours. During that intermission, the young killer mailed a package of homemade videos, photographs and writings to NBC News. Castillo sent a video to a local newspaper in which he vented his rage and hinted that he was planning a massacre at his former school.

The news media must take a stand as well.

Media outlets should make identifying with other school shooters more difficult, journalists and producers should focus less on the perpetrator, his deviant motives and the moment-by-moment unfolding of the dead, the injured and their families. Our quick poll also demonstrates that consequences of the crime are not broad enough and public enough.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 4 Americans suffer a diagnosable mental illness in a given year and that 60 % of people with mental health issues do not receive treatment.

Whether or not this Florida gunman is determined to have had a mental illness, those who provided the AR-15 semi-automatic weapon to him, legally or illegally should be held accountable in some fashion in much the same way bartenders are held accountable for overing serving intoxicated persons who drive drunk.

Driving drunk or unleashed horror in the form of a gun both have similar consequences. And in this case, the weapon of choice slaughtered 14 students and 3 teachers.

The young man now stands accused of committing one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, the sheriff’s office said. He is now under a suicide watch.

The focus should now move to those who knew more about the possibility of this happening. It should now turn to solutions that enable those who know information to have a safe place to inform authorities.

Research, data, sources and evidence has been derived from the below sources.

  • Analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention,
  • National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Population Reference Bureau
  •  National Center for Health Statistics
  • Multiple Causes of Death Public Use Files for 2003-201



The Soundcloud Epidemic: The Revolutionary Music Platform of the Decade?

In the year of 2017-2018, millennials are  familiar with the app SoundCloud and the artists who use it to promote their music. One genre that has used SoundCloud with great success is Rap.

SoundCloud is a platform created for artists to publish their music in easy to access by the public audio form. SoundCloud is globally used by at least 175 million users a month which makes it very convenient for new artists to publish their music out into the world to start their newfound careers in the music industry.

It is described on the SoundCloud.com website “as the world’s largest music and audio platform, SoundCloud lets people discover and enjoy the greatest selection of music from the most diverse creator community on earth.”

Since 2008, users of the platform have posted podcasts, shared live audio recordings, allowed creators to collaborate via an open  and free platform.

Often thought of as a platform used only for new artists, it has been widely used by well known artists for almost ten years as marketing tool to gain feedback from fans on a variety tracks. SoundCloud as an “open platform that directly connects creators and their fans across the globe. Music and audio creators use SoundCloud to both share and monetize their content with a global audience, as well as receive detailed stats and feedback from the SoundCloud community.”

Rappers like XXXTENTACION, Lil skies, and Trippie Redd as well as producers such as Fifty Grand, SwuM, and Hellion along with almost 10 million other music creators used Soundcloud as a platform to broadcast their music to the public, and have become very successful with thousands, even millions of listens on their songs.

Recently, the Hillsboro Globe chatted with a variety of Soundcloud  users to ask them about what makes it so appealing and popular to rappers and producers.

Andrew Smith finds rappers on SoundCloud are not held back by label restrictions and have the freedom to produce exactly what they intend to produce. “Soundcloud rappers go hard. Some artists only put their music on SoundCloud”. The cost of working with label producers prohibits some artists from being able to even getting their music to their fans. “Also, its free for users, as well as a platform for artists to easily put their music out for streaming.” explained Smith.

Listener Nikko Gray appreciates money does not get in they way of producing the art. “It’s different, it’s not all about getting money, or the girls. It’s about the real things from anime to hard times.” Because the platform is an audio only platform, the audience is focused on the words and music as opposed to the visuals of a video.

With so many of these new artists emerging from this platform into fame, it gives aspiring artists hope for their own careers in the music industry. Aspiring producers who use SoundCloud as a platform to publish their music listen to find new and emerging artists. “People think that listening to stuff that’s “underground” is cool because they want to be the first ones to discover new musicians to brag about it, or maybe to show other people their findings hoping that person gets bigger someday.” explains Emily Dueease. Making connections early in a career with new fans is a prime benefit for SoundCloud users.

While it is easy for artists to publish work, it can be easy for artists have work stolen. “Some downsides are how easy it is to rip music off SoundCloud and publish it on your own, as your own. The other problem is that now with the SoundCloud go, a lot of people use it to listen to popular artists, and not emerging artists which is how the site was formed.” states Charles Moles of Dirt Party.

Artist and producer Ajani Bakari of BoyfriendAntichrist agrees that making connections with new fans is a specific benefit unique to the platform. “It’s really beneficial because of how you can be broadcasted to the whole world of people who appreciate music while making connections with others who share similar visions to yours.”

In the past, record labels and radio controlled what fans of specific music genres heard. If the subject matter of the music was deemed too controversial, the label or radio station could refuse to play or publish an artist’s work. As recently as the last three years, artists with as much power as Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift have battled their own labels and music streaming platforms in the court to play the music as they created it, not as the label executives think it should be released.

SoundCloud has changed the game and bypasses even streaming platforms by allowing artists to post their work and allow fans to find them.

Charles Moles of Dirt Party sums it up well. “I think SoundCloud is one of the best ways to independently release music because of how easy it is. You can connect with a large community just by making an account. Also, the process of posting a track is painless.”




Facing the holiday blues can teach you to celebrate wonders of reality

The holidays are a time where families can get together and celebrate with each other. It is a time for reconnection and joy.

And, yet, for many people the holidays can bring on waves of sadness, depression and loneliness. This feeling is known as the Christmas blues or holiday depression.


Christmas Blues can mean different things to different states of mind but there are characteristics that seem to be the same throughout the different psychological state of depression. What exactly are the Christmas blues? Some symptoms of Christmas blues are headaches, appetite changes, anxiety, sleep problems, and decreased interest in food, sex, work, family, and hobbies.

According to the “National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that many people experience sustained “blues” and even depression.” Hospitals and police forces report the high incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. “Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression.”

The symptoms can be similar to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder is depicted by feelings of sadness and depression that occur in the fall or winter months when the temperatures begin to drop. The depressive episode is usually associated with excessive eating, sleeping, and weight gain. Depressive symptoms begin in the fall or winter and persist until the spring. And repetitive days of gray, rainy weather make the symptoms worse.

For others, the Christmas Blues depressive state comes out in the form of anger. NIH states, “For some people, they get depressed at Christmas and even angry because of the excessive commercialization of Christmas, with the focus on gifts and the emphasis on “being perfect’ and forced attendance to social activities.”  Other get depressed because Christmas appears to be a “trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life (and a “victim” mentality) in comparison with other people who seem to have more and do more.”

Triggers can be the loss of a loved one, not getting to visit with a parent, spouse or sibling, being homesick or general loneliness for someone you can’t be with. The holiday is a large reminder when so many are posting happy pictures on social media or conversations are centered around those who are going to visit.

A common thread in all of the symptoms is the frustration with the inability to change the situation. Those who get sad or depressed at Christmas time will have a better holiday if they can remind themselves that Christmas is a set of days that doesn’t last forever.

Teach yourself to prepare for the Christmas Blues by planning for the next. Accept it is a reality and take charge of changing the reality.

How to change the Blues to a cruise?

  1. Practice good self care: This includes things like eating right, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest. Getting outside for short walks is extremely helpful because being indoors can stagnant the one’s mood. Being outdoors will enable a person who is sad or depressed to get out of this stagnant environment.
  2. Stay in a sleep routine
  3. Setting realistic goals: Setting goals can help people feel less stressed, and feeling less stressed will help reduce the feelings associated with the Christmas blues.  If you do not have any “real” family to spend time with create a new family by volunteering. 
  4. Don’t over drink or medicate: Using alcohol to medicate and “numb” feelings will only make the physical and emotional feelings worse.
  5. Keep your thoughts on the present not the past: It’s also important not to dwell on the past or anything negative. It can be hard but there are better ways to help get over your Christmas blues.
  6. Recognize that the Christmas blues are normal and should not cause one to feel ashamed. The reality of loss happens. Homesickness is normal. Missing people you want to be with at important times of your light is expected and normal.

Taking care of one’s self will improve the loneliness and sadness. By definition if you care for yourself you will heal yourself.

What if you don’t get the blues around this holiday? You can really help another by being a friend, reach out with kindness, help keep your friends active. You will both benefits from this. The Christmas season  is an opportunity to reach out to those who become blue, depressed or are less fortunate. For those who have the difficulties with the season, it’s an opportunity to take action to think, feel and act in ways that breaks free from the past.

 




Mini-Nutcracker concludes it’s 36th season at the Davis Auditorium

Nashville, TENN — The holiday season is a time to celebrate the joy of annual Nashville traditions and there one tradition that children of several generations look forward to as it is a dance performance of a well loved ballet that is revised to engage and entertain the younger minds of the blooming artistic city.

The Centennial Youth Ballet performs the Nutcracker each year at the theater at Harpeth Hall’s Davis Auditorium and it recently wrapped up this year’s 36 annual Mini-Nutcracker with four amazing performances on Friday, December 1st, to Sunday.

First danced in 1981 as a 15-minute segment of Hickory Hollow Mall’s Christmas entertainment, the show has become one of Nashville’s favorite holiday traditions.

It is called the ‘mini’ Nutcracker – not because all the performers are little, though some are as they are in any performance of this holiday tradition, but rather it is miniaturized and abridged to engage children with the best parts of this wonderful story that leads Clara on a magical tale through a wonderful world filled with candies, and a beautiful sugar plum. 

Designed to introduce young children to ballet as a performance art, The Mini-Nutcracker is an abbreviated, narrated version of the Nutcracker Suite Ballet. The young dancers in the Centennial Youth Ballet perform the ballet’s shortened scenes and variations with poise, technical precision, and polish.

The costumes worn by the students are as professional as the student’s themselves. Both the costumes and the performers soared above any expectation one might have about a performance designed to entertain a younger audience. It was, in fact, the perfect length for most adults!

As a Nashville tradition for 36 years, the Mini-Nutcracker has created opportunities for multiple generations to begin the holiday season together as it is the first of many events for families in December.

And like so many dancers before them, it was the last Nutcracker performance for five seniors who will be graduating this year. Moving on to college next year are: Ella Jowers, Anna Gray, Caitin Narion , Katie Bell Raymond, and Paige Higgins.

Three of these top performers are Hillsboro students: Pippa Davis (Clara) Katelyn Turner-Leftwich (Snow and Big Tea) and Olivia Turner-Leftwich (Snow and Big Tea).

If you missed the performance this year, set your calendar for the first weekend in December for next year as it will be a tradition you will want to add for years to come.

Mini Nutcracker’s Cast