Late in 2020, Major League Baseball recognized several of the Negro Leagues that thrived from 1920 until the sport was integrated as their own. Now these overlooked athletes’ stats will be included in the records of MLB, a place some have thought they should have been long ago.
But what is the story of the Negro Leagues? Our conversation with Raymond Doswell, Vice-president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, answers that question and more. The story of the Negro Leagues is about world-class players in a segregated society, but there is so much more to it. The Leagues represent the struggle for equality in a time not that different from our own!
We have had a great response to our episode “Josh Cress: A Healthy Mind!” We were sent an article and graphic to help folks in the workplace with their mental health. Helping people is always the right thing to do!
Before 2020, there were plenty of stressors that we had to deal with in order to keep our emotional health in a good place. But 2020 and now 2021 (and beyond) are throwing their own kinds of stressors into our lives, ones that are forcing us to dig deep into our mental health strengths and find new coping mechanism. It’s not easy. But there’s one thing that you can do to help reset your outlook: a mental health day. A mental health day is a chance to do a couple of things. Sleep, for example, may be hurting your mental health, and taking a day can be a chance for you to catch up in that area. You can also find activities that help you to re-center and refocus on what’s been troubling you and what you can do to change that. Need other ideas to recover? This graphic explains them.
“It seemed like a mountain we could climb” said Aaron Eubanks of the idea to build custom guitars that emerged during a game of cards. And climb they did. Eubanks, with co-conspirators Jason Crittenden and Billy Wigert, founded Mad N8V Guitars this past year.
It’s a story about three guys, all members of the Cherokee Nation, with a crazy idea. It’s a story about the craftsmanship of making custom guitars and the learning that comes with it, but mostly it’s a story about believing in yourself and following your dreams.
A global pandemic, a significant economic downtown, racial unrest and a contentious national election – 2020 has been quite a year. The last several months have shown us that emotional balance and good mental health are extremely important. The makings of emotional well-being takes place in quiet times, not just moment that test it.
Counselor Josh Cress, our friend from the previous episode ‘Emotional Self Care In These Uncertain Times,’ discusses the Healthy Mind Platter as developed by Dr. Dan Seigel and developing our “Emotional Distress Tolerance.”