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Help Me! Author Marianne Power Read All the Self-help Books So You Don’t Have To – Vulture

Help Me! Author Marianne Power Read All the Self-help Books So You Don’t Have To – Vulture

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Photo: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock The day after New Year’s is dull and gray, and the whole of London looks like a late-stage hangover, muttering desperately about Dry January and other impossible resolutions. It’s a good day to meet with Marianne Power — a day very much like the morning almost exactly five years ago when she found herself poised above the murky, freezing water of the outdoor pond on Hampstead Heath, ready to take a swim. She had decided that day to make herself over, and — this being 2014 — to blog about it. Her plan was simple. Every month she would choose a different self-help book and follow it devotedly. She would feel the fear and do it
Self-help group leads to vision, opportunity in rural Ethiopia – Ethiopia – ReliefWeb

Self-help group leads to vision, opportunity in rural Ethiopia – Ethiopia – ReliefWeb

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Two years ago, Mulusew Kebede had never imagined owning a business. On her small farm near Woldiya, Ethiopia, Mulusew, aged 43, and her family grew crops and raised a few livestock. But starting a new business was something she never thought was possible. A project supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank member Mennonite Central Committee changed things. As part of the project, Mulusew and 17 of her neighbours started a self-help group. The group met weekly to encourage saving and discuss local issues. At every meeting, the group members each brought 5 Ethiopian birr (approximately $0.25) to save. Across the region, 22 similar groups were started with 400 participants. Saving a quarter a week doesn't seem like a lot, but over time, the savings grew. Group members began talking about ho...
Tobagonians to benefit from Self-Help/DIQE MOU – TT Newsday

Tobagonians to benefit from Self-Help/DIQE MOU – TT Newsday

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From left, Elroy Julien, Chief Executive Officer of the National Commission for Self Help Limited, Kwesi Des Vignes, Secretary of the Division of Infrastructure, and Ritchie Toppin, Administrator in the Division, sign off a Memorandum of Understanding between the Commission and the Division on Friday. Looking on are Julian Celestine, Senior Poject Officer with the Commission and Reyon John, Executive Assistant to the Division’s Administrator.   Engineering oversight and labour is to be provided to recipients of grants from the National Commission for Self Help Limited (NCSHL) by officers from the Division of Infrastructure, Qu...
Women self-help groups face govt apathy in Kargil district – The Tribune India

Women self-help groups face govt apathy in Kargil district – The Tribune India

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Dinesh Manhotra Tribune News Service Jammu, January 13 Over 25 women self-help groups, active in different parts of Kargil district of the Ladakh region, are bearing the brunt of the casual approach being adopted by the successive state governments as no serious efforts have been made to encourage or strengthen them. Comprising 20-25 members, these groups are helping housewives and uneducated women earn their livelihood through different means, especially by growing vegetables and foodgrains to cater to the needs of the locals throughout the year. “Over 25 women self-help groups are functioning actively in Kargil district. These groups have been playing an important role in improving the economic conditions of women by helping them earn their livelihood,” Asgar Ali Karba...
Actor Rob Lowe: I was my sick mother's caregiver, don't underestimate the stress caregivers face – USA TODAY

Actor Rob Lowe: I was my sick mother's caregiver, don't underestimate the stress caregivers face – USA TODAY

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opinion Rob Lowe Opinion contributor Published 4:15 PM EST Jan 13, 2019 Right now, 40 million Americans are doing truly selfless work by serving as unpaid family caregivers for a loved one. About 25 percent of those caregivers are millennials, who often feel forced to choose between their careers and caring for their aging parents and grandparents. I can relate. When I was in my thirties, my brothers and I cared for our mother throughout her stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. It’s not a role I was expecting to land, it didn&rsq...
'Queer Eye's' Jonathan Van Ness Charms Cornell With Self-Care Tips and Childhood Stories – Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

'Queer Eye's' Jonathan Van Ness Charms Cornell With Self-Care Tips and Childhood Stories – Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

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Having fallen for the wit and quip of Trevor Noah, Colin Jost and Michelle Wolf, Cornell students again found themselves at the edge of their seats in a sold-out Bailey Hall for Jonathan Van Ness, star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, or as he calls himself, the “groomer, hairstylist and all-around self-care advocate.”In an hour-long conversation in November with Prof. Samantha Sheppard, performing and media arts, organized by Cornell University Program Board, Van Ness brought the audience back to the Midwest and to his childhood days.Van Ness said his rural upbringing in Quincy, Illinois — where he was “chased around by pitchforks” — made “all of this happen.” In that conservative Midwest town, he got asked almost weekly if he was gay. In an...
The spirituality hiding in our self-help New Year's resolutions – Religion News Service

The spirituality hiding in our self-help New Year's resolutions – Religion News Service

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(RNS) — A new year is upon us and, as of my writing this, I’ve kept most of my resolutions. By the time this column goes live, I — and plenty of us — will have abandoned some, or all, of them. Before we get down about failing again to stick to our New Year’s resolutions, it’s worth reflecting on what, exactly, our resolutions are designed to do. Some of our resolutions are constructive ones: read more books, work more efficiently, exercise daily. Others are negative promises: we vow to banish unwelcome elements from our daily existence, to abandon toxic friendships or habits, to dispense with the bad energy in our lives. In the rhetoric of self-improvement, ridding ourselves of toxicity and bad energy is a matter of our social, physical and emotional ...
Self-Help Books for People Who Hate Self-Help – Next Avenue

Self-Help Books for People Who Hate Self-Help – Next Avenue

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January 11, 2019 Credit: Adobe Self-help books are the genre Americans love to hate. Readers spend $800 million on them a year, while others complain they’re nothing more than psychobabble, unhelpful to anyone at all. Whether The Secret, You Are a Badass or Who Moved My Cheese? really can improve your life is up for debate, but there’s no doubt that books in general do: Studies show reading lowers stress, fosters intelligence and even helps the mind overcome chronic pain. The act of reading itself is what matters, so the right “self-help” book for you could be in a completely different section: Fiction. At their foundations, novels offer escape, creating characters that force us to examine ourselves. We’ve compiled a few...
Savings But No Title Deed? Loans Help Kenyan Women Turn Idle Land into Gold – VOA News

Savings But No Title Deed? Loans Help Kenyan Women Turn Idle Land into Gold – VOA News

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TULUROBA, KENYA —  For the women of Tuluroba village's self-help group, the goal was simple: use their combined savings to buy cattle, fatten them and sell them to the beef industry for slaughter. But there was a problem. "We had no land to graze the cattle. Nor could we obtain a loan from a bank to buy land, because as women we do not own title deeds," said Fatuma Wario, who chairs the 13-strong group. That is common. Few women in Kenya have land title documents, and few are getting them: Since 2013, less than 2 percent of issued titles have gone to women, the Kenya Land Alliance, a non-profit, said in March 2018. And because getting a loan from a mainstream bank requires collateral — typically in the form of a land title document — most women are locke...