Category Archives: Popular Culture

The Importance of a Pumpkin Spice Playlist

download.jpgWell maybe not pumpkin Spice because that’s too basic. More of a “Ready to Fall” playlist. Yes!

Now that the seasons have changed, so should your Spotify playlist or any other playlist that you might have. Change up your music for the day and jam to some throwbacks or find some new bops. I’ve done my research and have created a Spotify playlist that you need to have saved so you can listen wherever you are. This playlist has new and old sounds that are perfect for this sweater weather. My playlist is a mix of Indie, Hip Hop and pop. I thinks the beats are pretty relaxing, my Ready to Fall playlist is also my study playlist and my go to playlist when im commuting to school. Check it out!!!

Below is my link along with another by Kimmy Spoons.

Iridian:

Kimmy:

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Random Acts of Flowers!

Have you ever attended an event, like a wedding or funeral, and wondered what happens to all those flowers after everyone goes home?  What about flowers in grocery stores and flower shops, that are not longer fresh enough to sell?  In what may be the ultimate in recycling, “Random Acts of Flowers” takes those flowers and repurposes them into something beautiful and inspiring!

Think about the joy you experience when you give or receive flowers.  That’s the joy that volunteers with “Random Acts of Flowers” get to experience regularly.  

The non-profit began in 2007, in Tennessee, by Larsen Jay.  After a near fatal accident Jay credited the daily visitors and dozens of floral arrangements he received as being a crucial element to his recovery.  Once able to leave his room, Jay noticed many other patients sitting alone, in rooms devoid of flowers.  He began going around the hospital gifting some of his floral arrangements to other patients and was struck by the effect it had on them  That’s when the seed for “Random Acts of Flowers” was sewn.

 

Today this wonderful non-profit has expanded and now has five branches around the country, including Evanston, Illinois.  Teams of volunteers do everything from refreshing the flowers that have been donated, then creating them into beautiful bouquets and arrangements and finally bringing them to patients.  Nurses and caregivers in healthcare facilities and nursing homes identify patients who seem in need of an extra emotional boost.

And science bears them out.  Research shows that patients who receive flowers recover more quickly and require less post-operative pain medication.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-augustin/health-benefits-flowers_b_2992014.html

As we head into the holiday season WCRX FM is once again “Committing To Our Community”.  If you’d like more information you can check out http://randomactsofflowers.org

Suicide Prevention and healing through song

Have you heard the 1-800-273-8255 song by Logic and Alessia Cara? Well if you haven’t then you need to tune into WCRX 88.1FM Chicago’s Underground.  The song covers heavy issues that are taboo like wanting to kill yourself and dealing with depression. As you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and survivors may struggle with feeling suicidal after a failed relationship. This song by Logic can provide comfort because it addresses those issues of feeling inadequate and learning to love yourself. The song is very inspirational since it’s title is actually the number to the suicide hotline. WCRX wants you to know that you are not alone if you suffer from Domestic Violence or are feeling suicidal here are some links to help you get through your tough times. If you are unsure on whether or not your situation is considered abusive the hotline for domestic violence has articles to describe more in depth the different kinds of violence. The links below are for more information on domestic violence and a link to the video for 1800-273-8255 song.

 

http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/

 

http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/DVAM-history

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb24RrHIbFk