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Social Media’s Impact on Relationships

In a relevant article for all of us “social media addicts,” Shelley Galasso Bonanno, M.A. reflects at PsychCentral. Happy Valentine’s Day! Human beings yearn for connection and belonging. Numerous studies have linked social support to positive mental health. Additional studies have cited the negative emotional impact of loneliness. Research has further revealed people with fewer […]

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Teaching with Social Media

Social media has changed the way people communicate and share information in their personal and professional lives. It’s a safe bet that most students in any college classroom have used or are familiar with sites like Facebook and Twitter. Yet surprisingly, some instructors have felt resistance from students when they try to incorporate these common […]

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Now on Social Best Practices: Facebook Live

Did you know that Facebook has a best practices section? Constantly, Facebook is updating the “Facebook Media” site with tips, tricks, success stories and best practices. Since many in the Family are starting to use Facebook Live, we feature this fine description of how to use it successfully. Add it to your “best practices” bookmarks/favorites. […]

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#famvin400 Unseen Changes, Unseen Pain

Alienation makes for a different type of stranger. There are unseen wounds. Lyrics It’s hard to have strength when there’s nothing to eat And it’s hard to eat when you don’t have the teeth And how, when you lose the one thing you love There’s nothing below and there’s nothing above. I’ve been going through […]

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#famvin400 Learning the Resilience of the Poor

How is it that some people who are poor have such resilience? I come from a show business background: the theatre. From the artist’s pen comes music and lyrics that touch the human experience. Listen to this haunting song from “The Color Purple” by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis. Lyrics Celie I don’t […]

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#famvin400 Breaking the Code of Silence

Reconciliation in the Anniversary Year When people are hurt, they shut down, they have entered another kind of deep poverty. They pray, and sometimes there’s no answer. People adopt a Code of Silence because they are afraid. Vincentians are called to serve body and spirit. Listen to this Bruce Springsteen song. It’s not “religious” but […]

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