Question of the week: “What should be done about the flooding of homes in the central city?”
photos and question by Harry Kemp
The Museum of Wisconsin Art unveiled its newest acquisitions of 24 artworks from 18 Wisconsin artists, a gift from MillerCoors, at a special reception August 3 in West Bend, Wisconsin. Evelyn Patricia Terry’s pastel, “Watermelon Sliced,” is one of the featured artworks in the exhibition, “A Case of Wisconsin’s Finest: New Art Acquisitions from the MillerCoors Collection.” The exhibition continues through December 30, 2010. Terry is shown with the MWA Assistant Director Graeme Reid (left) and MillerCoors Vice President of Corporate Affairs Mike Jones (right). Invited to speak during the program, Terry thanked the MWA for the direction that they are embarking on and for their commitment to Wisconsin artists. She also noted that Miller Brewing Company was one of the first of about 80 corporate and public institutions to purchase her artwork in the early 1980s. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of Wisconsin Art)
Clarene Mitchell was hired by Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. as the Corporate Communications Specialist. Mitchell is respected locally for her long history of working to address racial health disparities. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Cardinal Stritch University and experience in print journalism, establishing and managing community based health initiatives, and advancing the public profile of nonprofits.
As the Corporate Communications Specialist, Mitchell duties will include advancing the organization’s public image, facilitating business and government partnerships, fundraising strategy efforts and special projects. An initial area of concentration will focus on increasing the public image and utilization of MHSI’s Convenient Care Clinic that operates in the Midtown Piggly Wiggly. MHSI, opened the Clinic in October 2009 in partnership with Managed Health Services.
Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI) is a private, non-profit, Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) that provides a comprehensive range of primary medical, dental and behavioral healthcare, in addition to a limited number of specialty services.
MHSI’s main clinics are the MLK Heritage Health Center at 2555 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive.
Families learn how to handle anger through ‘Fireworks’
The Parenting Network offers Fireworks: An Effective New Approach to Dealing with Anger for parents and adults this fall. The goals of Fireworks are to help participants better understand the emotion of anger, learn how to manage anger constructively and learn to effectively handle other people’s anger. Fireworks is designed to help parents think in new ways about anger through group discussion, role-play and journaling.
“I learned more about myself and how to work with my family,” wrote one Fireworks participant, “After the first few weeks, I could see myself changing in many ways. I look at myself as a bigger and better person because of this experience.”
This ten-session class will be held on Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. beginning September 9 and running through November 18. Class is not scheduled for October 7. Class meets at The Parenting Network at 7516 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. Fireworks is taught by a therapist and social worker with over 30 years experience working with individuals and families.
To register for Fireworks, call Christy or Tom at The Parenting Network at 414/671-5575. The cost for Fireworks is $100 per individual, or $150 per couple. For more information about The Parenting Network, please visit www.theparentingnetwork.org.
New book inspires with the one-of-a-kind true story of a single parent junkie who raised his daughter to become a successful Christian, college graduate
Pastor Ray Houston strips off all shame and hesitations as he boldly steps into the light and shares his inspiring tale of redemption in “There Is Life After Drugs How Do You Want It?,” his newly released book made available through Xlibris.
His life was all about the streets, alcohol, sex, money, and above all, drugs, was what made his life go round. He seemed to be a hopeless case of a lost soul, until he opened his heart to see the rewards of being a single parent, raising his baby daughter even in the midst of dysfunction.
Through vivid narration, Pastor Houston chronicles the sour events of his past to bring inspiration to everyone in the future. He was a drug addict for 27 years, but God allowed him to escape jail, dodge death and not lose custody of his child. His newfound freedom marks his fascinating journey of new life and hope.
From Skid Row to the federal building, the dysfunctional “Mr. Pookie Ray,” the brother from the hood, would overcome his addiction. Right after 9/11, a time of extreme scrutiny for the country, he was tasked to do business as a General Service Administration contractor, painting the FBI Offices, he even went on to paint then incoming Senator Barack Obama’s office suites. But what was most unbelievable was the fact that this former junkie eventually painted the Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency.
“There Is Life After Drugs How Bad Do You Want It?” inspires readers with the true tale of a junkie-turned-pastor. From page to page, it exudes a message of hope and love that you don’t have to quit living because you’re on drugs.
For more information on this book, log on to www.pastorrayhouston.com
Fighting childhood, adolescent obesity
The Conclusion Part 3 of 3
by Rev. Judith T. Lester, B.Min., M.Th.
If your child is overeating and it is not due to family stress, Dr. Linda Mintle in Preventing Childhood Obesity, Christian Counseling Connection (2005), suggests that parents explore these five areas:
1. How does the child fit in socially? It is true that overweight children suffer more rejection and social exclusion than their normal weight peers, however, they can practice social skills aimed at increasing positive peer relationships to reduce social anxiety.
There is also the problem with teasing. Parents should convey to their child that the two of them will handle the teasing together and work on improving the situation. Parents must be positive and give hope.
2. Are there opportunities to overeat? If a child overeats because there is an opportunity to overeat, parents must take charge of meals and snacking.
Buy healthy foods that build strong bodies. Buy more fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods. Make mealtime a family event. This includes modeling good eating habits, encouraging your child to stop eating when full, eating at regular times, eating at designated places (the kitchen table only) and regularly offering a variety of foods to encourage healthy food choices.
3. Is the child getting enough physical exercise? For most children a sedentary lifestyle is one of the roots of being overweight. Time once spent on physical or outdoor activity has been replaced by television, computer, and video game time. Children need to engage in daily active activities. Choose activities that children enjoy like bike riding, rollerblading, kick ball, tag, or simply walking.
4. Does the child overeat at school? Many schools have a la carte menus apart from their normal lunch programs. Parents need to know what foods their child have access to during the school day and talk to the child about making healthy choices.
5. Finally, what is the parent(s) attitude about body image and weight? So much of a child’s attitude about his/her body comes from listening to how parents talk about their bodies. If the parent is constantly dieting, making negative remarks about their body, obsessing and talking about the way people look, the children will pick up on these themes and often feel they don’t measure up to preconceived ideals.*
In sum, obesity presents numerous problems for children and adolescents. In addition to increasing the risk of obesity in adulthood, childhood obesity is the leading cause of pediatric hypertension, is associated with Type II diabetes, increases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases stress on the weight-bearing joints, lowers self-esteem, and affects relationships with peers.
Parents you can set the example. Make healthy eating and living a family affair. Children will take their lead from their parents. If you eat healthy and stay active, chances are your kids will too. The Bible encourage parents to “Teach your children to choose the right path and when they are older, they will remain upon it” (Proverbs 22:6). Teach healthy behavior to your children at a young age and they will most often follow in the direction encouraged.
*Source: Dr. Linda Mintle in Preventing Childhood Obesity, Christian Counseling Connection (2005).
The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply or utilize information or recommendations made in these articles, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. Rather, the objective is strictly informative and educational. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her at P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.