Sunday is long run day. I debated including a quick blog today. I realize that we are more than writers, healthcare stakeholders, and data analysts. The random order of podcasts in my playlist indulge a wide range of interests--many I didn't even know I had.
My personal belief--food is restorative, informative, and can be medicinal for our overall health and wellness. My beliefs require me to be mindful of the food I eat and the origins of food I prepare for my family. The podcast is below but one of the books they featured is on order as we speak. Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love. Did you know, "Three-fourths of the food we eat comes from 12 plants and five animal species."?
Food is one of the greatest pleasures of human life. Our response to sweet, salty, bitter, or sour is deeply personal, combining our individual biological characteristics, personal preferences, and emotional connections. Bread, Wine, Chocolate illuminates not only what it means to recognize the importance of the foods we love, but also what it means to lose them. Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi reveals how the foods we enjoy are endangered by genetic erosion—a slow and steady loss of diversity in what we grow and eat. In America today, food often looks and tastes the same, whether at a San Francisco farmers market or at a Midwestern potluck. Shockingly, 95% of the world’s calories now come from only thirty species. Though supermarkets seem to be stocked with endless options, the differences between products are superficial, primarily in flavor and brand.--Simran Sethi
I think many will join me in recognizing the impact disappearing biodiversity in our foods can have on health and overall wellness. I don't recall the statistic but the fact that there is one banana offered in the US based on shelf stability vs. taste or other variables from maybe thousands of other types.
I don't have a team in the superbowl or an interest in the sport in general. If you are like me settle in for the second podcast. I have been fascinated by linguistics long before I made a career from written and spoken words. I posted the edited version of On Being but because the unedited versions are much longer--and I like to see how the sausage is made--I prefer to listen to the longer cut.
Jean Berko Gleason is a living legend in the field of psycholinguistics — how language emerges, and what it tells us about how we think and who we are. She has helped to illustrate the remarkable ordinary human capacity to begin to speak, and she’s continued to break new ground in exploring what this may teach us about adults as about the children we’re raising. We keep learning about the human gift, as she puts it, to be conscious of ourselves and to comment on that. For her, the exploration of language is a frontier every bit as important and thrilling as exploring outer space or the deep sea.
Thoughtful discussions about content development and outcomes analytics that apply the principles and frameworks of health policy and economics to persistent and perplexing health and health care problems.
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