Meditation doesn't work; Glasgow cop cuts crime; Salem witch trials; Teaching refugee kids
If not meditation, then what? - Michael's essay:
We're all stressed out, and looking for ways to relax. Recent studies suggest that mindfulness meditation is no panacea; Michael suggests another mode of behaviour to find relief.
Meet the cop who brought down the murder rate in inner-city Glasgow: Most people think of violent crime as a policing issue, but Karyn McCluskey has been treating it as a public health issue, with great success. She heads up the Violence Reduction Unit of the Glasgow police department, a city that once held the ignominious title of "murder capital of Europe." Not any more.
Shoes make the woman - personal essay: As Tanaz Bhathena grew up, and as her family moved from the restrictive social mores of Saudi Arabia to the freedom of Canada, her choice in footwear reflected her struggle for self-expression.
What we can learn from the horror of the Salem Witch Trials: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff brings her investigative chops and narrative skills to the shocking psychosis that led entire communities to believe outrageous things. Why did friends betray each other, husbands turn on wives and mothers sell out their own children? Ms. Schiff's book is called The Witches: Salem, 1692.
Deb Tully teaches refugee children to sing Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" - an Alisa Siegel documentary: As refugees arrive in Canada, schools are gearing up to welcome the children. Most of the kids will not speak English, and many will have witnessed terrible things in their homelands. If they're lucky, they will end up with a teacher like Deb Tully. Ms. Tully helps her students learn English, make sense of their new home, and celebrate how far they have come, by teaching them to sing Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World."