If you haven't had a chance to see Brooks' message about the events that transpired in D.C. please make sure you do so - you can read it here. Just one quick note: for those not at SKO, Clayton mentioned developing a "Culture of Connection" - a concept that's continued to resonate in the hours and days after the attack on our nation's Capitol. Don't hold back from checking in with each other. Reach out, start a dialog. Connect with each other in times like this and make sure folks are OK. And here are three things to help distract you from doomscrolling: 1. No excuses at our next toy and gift drives. Jaxson Turner, a teenager out of Texas, really got into the holiday spirit at the end of the year, raising almost $6,000 to buy presents for homeless children over the holidays. A young teen in Texas became the secret Santa for 61 homeless children, showering them with Christmas presents this year. Jaxson Turner raised $5,900 through GoFundMe and social media to supply all the kids at The Samaritan Inn with new sneakers, coats, socks, toys and a hot meal for the holidays. “I think we need to help them because so many families during this pandemic are losing their jobs or their houses and moms are already worrying about being homeless,” Jaxson said. Good News Network 2. The Viennetta Cake is returning. Fans of ice cream cake can rejoice: the icon of "fancy" desserts is returning to grocery stores after decades of being off the shelves. This cake was awesome (or at least 7-year-old Ben thought this cake was awesome). "Viennetta, the beloved classic take on an ice cream cake, has finally returned to the U.S., thanks to Good Humor!" the brand said in a press release from parent company Unilever. "Fans have clamored for Viennetta's return for almost 30 years, and in 2021, Good Humor grants their wish." Available only in vanilla for now, the treat "combines a wavy frozen vanilla base between crispy, decadent chocolate layers in a unique cake shape that is perfectly portioned for an entire family to share," the release continued. People 3. Wondering how to protect yourself from disinformation? Check out an explainer from Mashable on how to spot fake news here.
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Please give a warm welcome to our first intern of 2021, Callie Maloney!
Fun Fact: Two summers ago she hiked the Camino De Santiago in Spain with some of her Sewanee classmates and professors!
Springbot Master Classes Be sure to sign up here! Your colleagues are working hard to bring these events to life so let's support them and learn something new! Mind Edit “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King Jr. As a reminder, please find our Springbot Wellness Resource Doc. Additionally, check out this podcast by meditation app Ten Percent Happier on mindfulness, meditation and equanimity reflecting on Wednesday's attack. #313 National Trauma - Now What? | Jon Kabat-Zinn Special Edition. Birthdays Ana Wade (Jan. 5) Clay Cooledge (Jan. 8)
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