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Poem: "Satisfied, Calm, Cared For, and Carefree"

This poem is spillover from the June 2, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Food" square in my 6-1-20 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Mallory thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Satisfied, Calm, Cared For, and Carefree"

[Saturday, August 15, 2014]

Heron ushered Mallory into
the Group Therapy Room of
the Sanger Women's Center.

She was so big now that
it was getting hard for her
to move around much.

Mallory lowered herself and
her baby belly into a chair.

Jason was already there,
arranging assorted foods
on top of a long table.

"Hey, it's good to see
you again," he said.

"Thank you for offering
to do the setup," Heron said.

"It looks pretty," Mallory said.
"I like all those bright colors."

"Color stimulates appetite,"
Jason said. "Also it hints
about nutrients in the food.
Junk food only makes you think
you feel better for a little while;
healthy food actually makes
you feel better, and lasts longer."

Hunter and Isidoro came in
next, the two men claiming
one of the loveseats.

Heron knew them from
his asexuality sessions.

Paz arrived and took a chair,
followed by the friends Alia and
Brea who took the other loveseat.

The latter two were Mallory's friends,
whom she had met here at Sanger.

Marcie and Errol were married,
but they sat in separate chairs,
because Marcie couldn't
always tolerate touch.

Marcie had gotten raped on
their honeymoon in Cape Town,
and they passed the word so that
everyone would know why they
were miserable when they had
been ecstatic before they left.

Jason glanced at the clock.
"It's five after noon, so this
is probably everyone today."

"Let's get started, then,"
said Heron. "Welcome to
the Deliberate Intimacy class.
I recognize most of you from
our last session. Those of you
who missed it, don't worry,
it will be easy to catch up."

"I'd like to thank the folks at
the Cornucopia Farm Collective
for donating a lot of supplies for
today's class," said Jason.

Everyone clapped, and Paz said,
"Do they sell kosher foods?"

"I don't know, but you can
ask. Take a business card,"
Jason said, handing it over.

"Thanks, I'll ask them," said Paz.

"We're going to work on reimprinting
comfort foods, since some of us have
unhealthy ones that we would like
to replace now," Jason continued.

"Please remember that sharing food
is an important form of human bonding,
and that intimacy can get overwhelming,"
Heron said. "We have privacy screens
here in case anyone needs them, and
feel free to move to a quiet room
if you need to take a break."

Marcie glanced at the screen
with its yellow wooden panels.

Errol leaned over to murmur
something soothing in her ear.

"Who brought their homework
from last time?" Jason said.

Most of the attendees got out
their pages, but Paz yelped,
"Wait, what homework?"

"First, we talked about
what makes a comfort food,"
Jason said. "Then people
did a worksheet to list theirs."

"Here, like this," Mallory said.
"There's a pie chart to show
when we want comfort food, and
a donut chart for what kinds we want.
Then we could keep a food diary
about what we ate and how that
made us feel afterwards."

"Okay, that's not so hard,"
Paz said. "Give me the challah!"

"You're off to a great start,"
Heron said. "Chaos knows I
can't make it, but challah is
a wonderful healthy bread,
especially if you make yours
with a whole-grain flour."

"The idea today is that we'll
work on shifting from junk food
toward healthier comfort foods,"
said Jason. "Healthy food
is care of self and others."

"This means that you should
consider your love language,"
said Heron. "Feeding someone is
primarily an act of service and a gift,
secondarily quality time -- but you
can also add words of affirmation
or touch depending on delivery."

Mallory raised her hand. "Uh,
what if we don't know ours?"

"Yeah, and we're just friends,"
Brea said, waving at Alia.

"That's all fine," Heron said.
"Caring works between friends too."

"We covered the Love Languages
last month," Jason said. "If you
missed that session, raise a hand
and I'll send you the packet. It has
a description, a quiz to identify yours,
a couple of application charts, and
tipsheets for all the languages."

Several hands went up, and
Jason sent the packets.

Mallory looked at hers,
then looked up at Heron.
"Let me guess, yours
is Acts of Service."

"Yes, it is," Heron said.
"You're paying attention."

"All right, back to the food,"
Jason said. "You can feed
yourself or someone else,
just focus on feelings of care."

"Remember what times you want
comfort food and how you got
your current imprints -- were you
tired from school, sick, or what?"
Heron said. "We're looking for
moments of imprint vulnerability,
when our walls come down a little.
Then we can make new imprints."

"Today is just practice," Jason said.
"You'll need to watch for opportunities
to take care of yourself and each other
when you're feeling low. Do that
over and over, and it sinks in."

"Imprints are powerful,"
Heron warned, "so please
be gentle and careful with them."

"All right, enough chatter," said Jason.
"Pick a partner and decide who wants
to go first, then come get some food."

Most of the people were already
paired up, but Paz raised her hand.
"I came by myself. Jason, will
you work with me today?"

"Gladly," he said. "What kind
of comfort foods do you like?"

"Bread, or anything with
whole grains," she said.

"There's a multigrain loaf,"
Jason said. "We'll try that."

He used a sandwich cutter
to reduce a slice to tiny squares,
then offered to feed them to Paz.

She nibbled thoughtfully on one.
"This is good, but why cut it up
like that? It's extra work."

"Exactly!" Jason crowed.
"When you take the time
to make cute shapes, it shows
that the person matters. Not
everyone is into that, but
some people love it."

"Kids, especially,"
Heron said as he
cut fruit shapes.

The canapé cutter
made it easy to stack
different colors together
and pin them with toothpicks.

Heron took the plate to Mallory.

She didn't let him hand-feed her,
but she did eat the colorful fruit.

"I never got stuff like this growing up,"
she said wistfully. "Well, not at home.
Sometimes, a teacher or a babysitter
would do this as a special treat."

Heron silently resolved to buy
a set of cutters so that he
could make these at home.

Maybe he'd visit an Asian market
for some cute bento tools, too.

"Does anyone have cravings
they're not sure how to replace?"
Jason asked. "Perhaps we can help."

Isidoro raised a hand. "Ice cream,"
he said. "When I get angry or
overheated, I can kill a carton."

"Yeah, me too," said Mallory.

"I have just the thing," Jason said.
"Pop open the green cooler --
it has cucumber-mint sorbet."

Hunter scooped some into
a small bowl and took it over.

"Isidoro raises a good point,"
said Heron. "Often we want
comfort food to counteract
an uncomfortable feeling.
Anger and shame are hot,
so we want cold foods;
Sadness and depression
are cold, so we seek heat."

"Like wanting ice cream
on a hot day, or warm soup
on a snowy one," Errol said.

"That's me," said Marcie.
"I practically live on soup now.
I feel like I can never get warm."

In fact, she was wearing
a long tan cardigan over
jeans and a soft blue T-shirt
that read, Sweater Weather ...
in the middle of August.

"Soup is an excellent choice,"
Heron assured her. "It can be
very healthy, and it does help
heat you up, especially if
you use warming spices
like clove, ginger, or pepper."

"Hey, if anyone has a craving for
creamy things, the nut'n'seed butter
is amazeballs," Brea declared.

Mallory poked Heron in
the ribs. "Fetch," she said.

"As you wish," Heron said.
The nut'n'seed butter was
in cups with red and green
apple slices stuck into it.
"Do you mind if we share?"

"Go ahead," Mallory said.

Heron alternated feeding her
and feeding himself, which was
a good thing, because the stuff
was sticky and it took a while
to chew enough to swallow.

The taste was incredible,
though. Maybe it would even
coax Edison to try something
other than almond butter.

"Jason, may I have the recipe
for this butter?" Heron asked.

"Sure, it's on the page for
this class," Jason said.

"Excuse me a moment,"
Heron told Mallory, then
sent the link to his parents
with a message that read,
Nut'n'seed butter + Edison = ?

"Okay, folks, time to switch,"
Jason said. "If you've been
eating, then get up and bring
something to your partner."

Mallory shifted, and Heron
waved her down. "It's fine,
you don't need to get up."

She glared at him. "If I'm
going to do this, I am
going to do it right."

"All right, then,
thank you," he said.

Mallory heaved herself
out of the chair and waddled
to the table, then examined
everything on it with care.

Watching her gave Heron
a warm little flutter in his chest,
like a bird stretching its wings.

Mallory came back with a plate,
and Heron perked up to see
a pair of antipasto rollups,
rainbow-striped noodles
wrapped around sour cream
and some fresh leafy greens.

He'd brought them from Italy and
hadn't had time to taste any yet.

Looking at the antipasti,
Mallory frowned. "How do I
do this?" she said. "It looks like
if I hold it vertically, it'll fall apart
when you bite into it, but if I hold it
horizontally, the filling will squish out."

"Well, I'd try it horizontally," Heron said.
"There are a few holds that might keep
the filling inside. Shall I feed you first?"

"Yeah, let's try that," Mallory said.

Carefully Heron pinched one end
of the rollup and offered her the other.

Mallory nibbled the end of it, then
grabbed a much bigger bite.

"Oh, damn, that is good,"
she said. "Nothing can
beat pasta for comfort!"

Heron fed her the rest of it,
then licked his long fingers.

"Careful, Heron," she teased.
"I think your smile is about
to escape into the wild."

"My turn?" he said hopefully.

"Okay, but don't blame me if you
wind up wearing it," Mallory said.

She tried the same method he had,
and managed to get most of the thing
in his mouth, but when he bit into it,
sour cream oozed over his chin.

"Well, crud," Mallory said.
"Told you I'm no good
at this domestic shit."

"A little mess is okay,"
Heron said. "I'm fine."

"But no cake smushing,"
Alia said. "I saw a wedding
where the groom slam-dunked
the bride into the wedding cake.
She got up and turned around
so that everyone could see
the wreck of her dress. Then
she dumped him on the spot."

"Good for her," Mallory said.

"Assault by wedding cake
is not okay," Jason said. "You
can tell a lot about a couple
by how they feed each other."

Marcie and Errol froze where
they were nibbling their way from
the far ends of a pasta ribbon.

"Go on, you two, you're adorable,"
Jason said, waving his hand. "Anything
that's mutually enjoyable is just fine."

Mallory snuggled a little closer
to Heron, using a finger to swipe up
the last sour cream on the plate.
"You want the rest of this?"

"Yes, please, Heron said,
and opened his mouth.

She got it all in, this time,
and didn't mind him licking
her fingers to clean them.

She even produced a napkin
to clean up the earlier smudges.

"There you go, pretty as ever,"
she said, patting his knee.

Mallory was going to make
a great mother, whether she
believed in herself or not.

They still had a month to lay in
more positive imprints before
the little salamander arrived.

"Comfort food is the food
that makes us feel good –
satisfied, calm, cared for
and carefree," Heron said.

"It’s food that fills us up
emotionally and physically,"
Jason said. "Finding comfort in
food is a basic human experience."

"Yeah, this is way better than
eating a carton of Häagen-Dazs
while watching Moonshatter,"
Mallory said with a firm nod.

"Well, you totally validated
my career today," Jason said.

Mallory hugged Heron. "I'm
really glad I came to this class."

Heron's vidwatch chimed. He
checked, and found a message.

Nut'n'seed butter + Edison = :D

* * *

Notes:

Jason Galanos -- He is an undergraduate who works at the Student Health Center in Urbanburg University, where he teaches first-aid classes. Jason taught Maisie about first aid, which Clement has inherited. Jason also introduced Clement to the comic book that cemented his identity as a first-responder type hero within the Damask collective. He has a kind face with a scruff of beard, golden eyes and a long straight nose, wavy brown hair falling to his shoulders. People say he looks like Jesus, which always annoys him because he is Greek rather than Jewish. His office contains a peace lily on the windowsill and a trio of steel-blue guppies on his desk. Jason is an ordinary person without superpowers.
Qualities: Expert (+4) First Aid, Good (+2) Teacher, Good (+2) Comics Nerd, Good (+2) Strong & Fit
Poor (-2) Hates Being Compared to Jesus

Emotional First Aid
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois

Major 48 credits, EFA certification 30 credits.

The EFA major is more than required for certification as an Emotional First Aide. It is intended for students who want a Bachelor of Science with Emotional First Aide certification, or who plan to transfer and pursue Emotional Trauma Care or other advanced work.

The EFA certification begins with this core. (12 credits)
Introduction to Emotional First Aid
Personal Safety and Self-Care
Emotional Crisis Response
Prevention & Treatment of Traumatic Stress

The following class may be taken as a 1-credit lab alongside any EFA class. Majors must take it at least twice, certification students at least once.
Roleplay & Imaginative Exercises

Choose a basic Psychology class (3 credits) and electives. Majors choose 3 electives (9 credits) while certification students choose 1 elective (3 credits).
Principles and Practices of Psychology

Psychology Electives:
Positive Psychology
Psychology of Emotion
Social Identity in a Diverse World

Majors choose 4 classes (12 credits) about things that need EFA. Certification students choose 2 classes (6 credits).
College Concerns
Mental Illnesses
Psychological Trauma
Sexual Assault

Electives: Majors choose 4 credits of electives from any listed classes. Certificate students choose 2 credits.
Introduction to Counseling (with lab)

Conclude with practical classes. Majors take Field Experience in EFA, Internship in EFA, or Clinical Trial in EFA and Capstone in EFA (6 credits). Certificate students take 1 class from Field Experience in EFA, Internship in EFA, or Clinical Trial in EFA (3 credits).
Internship in EFA
Capstone in EFA


Social Geometry Minor
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois


Core Classes
Majors take all four courses (12 credits). Minors take Fundamentals of Social Geometry and The World According to Nikola Tesla (6 credits). Certificate students take Fundamentals of Social Geometry (3 credits).
Fundamentals of Social Geometry
The World According to Nikola Tesla

Culture
Majors take 2 courses (6 credits). Minors take 1 course (3 credits).
Diversity Training Techniques

History
Majors take 2 courses (6 credits). Minors take 1 course (3 credits).
Minoa: An Island of Peace

Psychology and Sociology
Majors take 2 courses (6 credits). Minors take 1 course (3 credits).
Nature vs. Nuture in Human Development

Reshaping and Repair
Majors take 2 courses (6 credits). Minors take 1 course (3 credits).
Negotiation and Mediation

Outside Experiences
Students may enroll in these classes to get credit for experiences outside the college offerings. Participation is optional and available to all students.
Get a Life Program


Errol Wishart -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and long straight brown hair usually tied up in a bun. He has a short mustache and beard. He is omnisensual panromantic bisexual. He is 23 years old in 2014. He is the husband of Marcie. They met in a college class, "Illustrating Illinois." On their honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, Marcie got raped. It left her insecure and inhibited. She can't stand sex now, which makes both of them miserable. Errol earned a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Studio Arts at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois. He got married just after graduation. They took a year off before returning to college. Now Errol is working toward a master's degree in Psychology with a minor in Trauma-Informed Care. He hopes to help other partners of rape survivors. Gentle and sensitive, Errol is a good listener with a lot of female friends. He loves the great outdoors, and still enjoys going places with Marcie when she has the energy. Sometimes they do outdoor yoga together.
Qualities: Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Gender Scholar, Good (+2) Gentle, Good (+2) Listener, Good (+2) Outdoor Skills
Poor (-2)

Errol often dresses in earth tones. He likes yoga T-shirts and hippie pants.

Omnisensual - someone open to tactile activities with a partner of any sex/gender. Sensual orientation is often, though not always, wider than sexual orientation. A person might be heterosexual but omnisensual. Some people only want massage from a person of the same sex/gender while others prefer the opposite.

Panromantic - Is someone who is romantically attracted to others but is not limited by the others sex or gender. Panromantics will tend to feel that their partner's sex and/or gender does little to define their relationship.

Bisexual: the feeling of attraction towards two or more genders, generally your own gender and other(s)


20 Adventure Honeymoon Destinations for Thrill-Seeking Couples
11. Cape Town, South Africa
PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS
There's no better place to mix daring feats—cage diving with great white sharks, anyone?—with luxurious tranquility (and endless pours of incredible local wine) than Cape Town. The first order of business should be scaling the iconic Table Mountain, which dominates most city views and is not far from The Last Word Constantia, a private luxury boutique hotel set amid secret gardens and vineyards. On a full-moon evening, hike the steep Lion's Head with a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the simultaneous sunset and moonrise; you can also paraglide from its peak. Of course, being in South Africa, don't skip a safari day-trip, where you'll see lions, elephants, and leopards, oh my!

"In South Africa, rape is so common it barely makes the news. The rapes of elderly women and babies are outlined in four-line stories on the inside pages of local newspapers, but most sexual assaults get no public attention."[223]
In 2016, the police recorded 39.828 rapes which means rape rate of 71.3.


Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Sexuality Studies
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois


Core Classes (12 credits)
All majors take these four classes.
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Politics of Sex and Gender
Sex/Gender Identities in Popular Culture
Sex and Gender in Modern Societies

Majors choose an option:
* No Concentration: 1 course (3 credits) from each category below

Activism
A History of Equal Rights

Communities of Color
Black Men and Ideas of Masculinity

Feminism
Not Just for Women: Feminists of Other Genders

Global Issues
Cultural Concepts of Sex and Gender

Health
Psychology of Sex and Gender

QUILTBAG
Am I ...? A Class for the Questioning

Violence
Sex, Gender, and Violence

Electives
Any course from the above lists not already taken may be chosen as an elective.
Bodies of Art: Representations of Sex and Gender

Capstones
Majors take either the Capstone (3 credits), or the Senior Seminar (1 credi) plus either Independent Study or Internship (2 credits).
Independent Study of Sex and Gender (1-3 credits)
Senior Seminar on Sex and Gender (1 credit)


Minor in Studio Arts (18 credits)
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois


Core Courses (6 credits)
Art History: Prehistory-Renaissance

Art Theory (3 credits)
Line, Shape, and Form

Studio Arts (6 credits)
Any studio art class may be used to fill this requirement. Popular options include:
Ceramics: Basic Wheel Techniques
Illustrating Illinois
Introduction to Painting: Acrylic, Oil, and Watercolor
Live Drawing

Electives (3 credits)
Any course from the above lists not already taken may be chosen as an elective.
The Role of Arts in Society


Master of Science in Psychology (36 credits)
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois


Core Courses (9 credits)
Graduate Foundations in Psychology
Introduction to Counseling
Theories of Psychology

Counseling (9 credits)
Choose 3 courses on counseling.
Equestrian Oratory Therapy
Individual vs. Group Counseling
Person-Centered Therapy

Research (6 credits)
Choose 2 courses on research.
Best Practices and Evidence-Based Therapies
Ethics and Safety of Human Research

Electives (9 credits)
Choose 3 elective courses.
Multicultural Awareness
Reconstructing a Severely Injured Psyche
Superpowers and Psychology

(Errol wants to research which methods prove most helpful for partners of rape survivors.)
Capstones (3 credits)
Complete 1 of these capstone courses.
Research Project in Applied Psychology


Trauma Care Credentials

Urbanburg University offers the same kind of program. Errol is working toward the minor.

California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care in Santa Cruz, CA
Most of these are 1-2 day training sessions. A few are partial-day or 3-day ones. In T-America, the CCETIC offers a summer intensive during which sessions of all their trainings are offered. Students can earn a Certificate of Completion for each individual class, or a Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care for 10 classes plus a weekend practicum and final exam. They can earn a Certificate in Advanced Trauma-Informed Care for 20 classes plus a practicum of 1-4 weeks and a final exam. CCETIC has an arrangement with the University of California in Santa Cruz to credit a minor in Trauma-Informed Care for students who complete all 40 classes plus a set of courses on the UCSC campus.

L-American Classes (35) (total 41 with T-additions)
Training Topics (1)
• Implementing Seeking Safety
Foundational Training on Trauma Informed Transformation (9)
• Trauma Informed Foundations
• Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
• Reducing or Eliminating Seclusion and Restraint
• Trauma Informed Client Interactions and Trauma-Informed Communication
• Trauma Informed Services for Children, Youth & Families
• Trauma Informed Program Design and Assessment
• Trauma Informed Rules and Policies and Procedures
• Trauma Informed Homeless Shelters & Services
• Self Care and the Impact of Trauma
The Science of Trauma (3)
• Overview of PTSD and Complex Trauma
• The Neurobiology of Trauma
• Trauma Informed Communication
Reducing Unsafe Behaviors (5)
• Addressing Self Harm and Self Injury
• Eating Disorders and Trauma
• Substance Abuse and Trauma
• Suicide and Trauma
• Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and Trauma
Schools and Universities (1)
• Safe Schools: Promoting Safety and Addressing Unsafe Behaviors by Understanding Trauma
Population-Specific Topics (14)
• Advocating on Behalf of Survivors
• Sexual Assault Survivors
• Military Sexual Assault
• Native Americans and Trauma: Addressing Historical Trauma in the Present
• Elder Abuse and Neglect
• Working with Elders with Child Abuse Histories
• PTSD and Problem Gambling
• Children and Trauma
• Child Sexual Abuse
• Human Trafficking
• Preventing Teen Sexual Exploitation
• Female Offenders and Recently Incarcerated
• Working with Former or Current Sex Workers
• Women, Substance Abuse, and Trauma

Additional T-American Classes (8)
Communal Trauma
Evolution of Terms for Traumatic Stress
Flickering and Other Manifestation Issues
Funding Options for Trauma-Informed Care
Generational Trauma
Politics and Trauma
Superpower-Assisted Healing for Trauma
Superpower-Related Trauma


Marcie Wishart -- She has fair skin, gray eyes, and long brown hair with just a little wave. She is slim and graceful with plenty of stamina. She is heteroromantic demisexual. She is 21 in 2014. She is the wife of Errol Wishart. They met in a college class, "Illustrating Illinois." On their honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, Marcie got raped. It left her insecure and inhibited. She can't stand sex now, and often flinches even at nonsexual touch, but she desperately wants to get that back. The lack makes her and her husband miserable. Marcie fears misreading a situation and getting attacked again. Her anxiety and melancholy make it hard for her to focus on school, but she has returned to college and is determined to continue. She has been working on a major in in Environment, Ecology, and Ethology with a minor in Art Appreciation at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois. Marcie loves the great outdoors, and still enjoys going places with Errol when she has the energy. Sometimes they do outdoor yoga together.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cautious, Good (+2) Empathetic, Good (+2) Environmental Student, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Stamina
Poor (-2) Rape Survivor
(The Emotional Wound, "Being Sexually Violated" p. 68-69)

Marcie favors a soft autumn palette with nature, fall, and yoga themes. She likes denim and khaki, deep blue and caramel,



Demisexuality: not feeling attraction towards someone until a certain closeness or bond has been formed

20 Adventure Honeymoon Destinations for Thrill-Seeking Couples
11. Cape Town, South Africa
PREFERRED HOTELS & RESORTS
There's no better place to mix daring feats—cage diving with great white sharks, anyone?—with luxurious tranquility (and endless pours of incredible local wine) than Cape Town. The first order of business should be scaling the iconic Table Mountain, which dominates most city views and is not far from The Last Word Constantia, a private luxury boutique hotel set amid secret gardens and vineyards. On a full-moon evening, hike the steep Lion's Head with a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the simultaneous sunset and moonrise; you can also paraglide from its peak. Of course, being in South Africa, don't skip a safari day-trip, where you'll see lions, elephants, and leopards, oh my!

"In South Africa, rape is so common it barely makes the news. The rapes of elderly women and babies are outlined in four-line stories on the inside pages of local newspapers, but most sexual assaults get no public attention."[223]
In 2016, the police recorded 39.828 rapes which means rape rate of 71.3.


Bachelor of Science in Environment, Ecology, and Ethology
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois


Core Courses (12 credits)
Introduction to Biology
Principles of Genetics
The Biology of Evolution
Careers in Biology

Environment (9 credits)
Conservation Biology
Environmental Communication
Illinois: The Grand Prairie

Ecology (9 credits)
Climate Change Ecology
Ecological Restoration: The Bradley Method
Wildlife of Illinois

Ethology (9 credits)
Cultural Ethology: Bridge Crew, Spaceship Earth
Dominance Theory
The Fine Arts as Behavior: Ethology of Creativity

Capstones
Majors choose between the Capstone in Biology (3 credits) or the Seminar in Biology (1 credit) plus either Independent Research in Biology or Internship in Biology (2 credits).
Independent Research in Biology (1-6 credits)
Seminar in Biology (1 credit)


Minor in Art Appreciation (18 credits)
at Urbanburg University in Urbanburg, Illinois


Core Courses (6 credits)
*Principles of Art Appreciation
Art History: Prehistory-Renaissance

Art Theory (3 credits)
Anatomy for Artists

Studio Arts (3 credits)
Illustrating Illinois

Electives (6 credits)
Any course from the above lists not already taken may be chosen as an elective.
The Art of Observation
Nature Arts and Crafts

* * *

"Comfort food is the food that makes us feel good – satisfied, calm, cared for and carefree. It’s food that fills us up emotionally and physically. … Finding comfort in food is a basic human experience."
-- Ellie Krieger

The group therapy room at the Sanger Women's Center has chairs, couches, and end tables along with a forest mural covering one wall. Privacy screens are available at need.

The quiet room offers chairs and end tables. Curtains offer privacy. The entertainment wall has a television surrounded by cabinets full of quiet activities and self-help books.

Imprint vulnerability is mostly written about in negative connotations. However, it also appears in parenting, relationships, and marriage contexts.

What Makes a Comfort Food
* soothing
* fond feelings
* cooks a long time / delicious smell
* soft / chewy
* saucy / creamy / melty
* warm / hot
* warming spices (cardamom, cinnamon, clove, ginger, pepper, etc.)
* cold / frozen
* cooling spices (dill, fennel, peppermint, rose)
* juicy

Contrasts in food include such things as dark chocolate cayenne ice cream or roasted fennel bulb.

This pie chart shows some reasons for eating comfort foods. This donut chart shows types of food.

Keeping a food and mood journal may reveal relationships between the two.

Comfort food is self-care and other-care. Enjoy some recipes for kids and for Valentine's Day. Here are seasonal comfort foods for fall, winter, spring, and summer.

The 5 Love Languages are: words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, gifts, touch. Comfort food deals primarily in acts of service and gifts, secondarily in quality time. You can add touch or words of affirmation depending on how you deliver it. Make sure that you and your loved ones are getting your needs met. See handouts for a description of the Love Languages, a chart showing how to use them, a quiz to identify yours, applications for parents, tips for acts of service, tips for physical touch, tips for quality time, tips for receiving gifts, and words of affirmation.

Enjoy a recipe for Vegan Multi-grain Nut Bread.

Sandwich cutters come in various styles. This one cuts bread into tiny squares. Bento cutters are often cute. Canape cutters run to geometric shapes.

See a recipe for Cucumber-Mint Sorbet.

Read about emotional temperatures.

You can buy or make superfood snacks. We love this nut'n'seed butter. It's good for making dip cups.

These Antipasto Roll-ups are beautiful.

The wedding cake exchange is supposed to be sweet, but some people smash it, and that's a good way to predict divorce. Assault by wedding cake is a real thing; I've seen it described more than once.

Moonshatter is a T-American live-action remake of Thundarr the Barbarian. Imagine the worst B-movie science fiction combined with the cheesiest sword-and-sorcery.
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