Michelle Holmes

writer, yogi and educator

writer. yogi. educator.
What Are We Pouring Into Our

What Are We Pouring Into Our Children?

When there is such an emphasis on achieving, regular assessments, bigger class sizes at school with lessons led by overworked teachers dealing with classes of children with increased varying educational needs and staff without adequate support or training, these statistics support my experience of children that are stressed and unable to articulate their feelings.
23/02/2015 11:48 GMT
Information Junkies and Discerning in the Digital

Information Junkies and Discerning in the Digital Age

While its true that technology has the ability to and is expanding our consciousness and our reach and access when wanting to obtain, explore and digest information this also gives us the scope to become information junkies - encyclopaedias with an opinion and the ability to churn out a fact about everything and anything.
24/02/2014 12:09 GMT
The Dignity In

The Dignity In Serving

From teachers, carers, nurses and doctors, street sweepers, sales assistants and the like, working in service is an exchange of energy as old as civilisation. Serving one another in some way is a natural human instinct that we all have inside of us and can deliver on daily basis through our individual talents.
31/12/2013 21:01 GMT
Revolutionary Rap in the Digital

Revolutionary Rap in the Digital Age

Music sites that support Mos Def's music also chose to report this story showing the effectiveness of such an act, allowing this plight to reach a generation of people that may not even be aware of what Guantanamo Bay is.
15/07/2013 17:02 BST
It's Important We Remember to Connect With Each Other Offline

It's Important We Remember to Connect With Each Other Offline Too

We spend a lot of our time strapped in, consuming, connected and charging. We're living in a world that's driven by technology and we drive technology too. I recently had two of my friends over who I met in college 11 years ago and we reminisced on the amazing times we had growing up.
04/06/2013 13:50 BST
Lessons From Mrs

Lessons From Mrs Lawrence

The main thing that I admire of Mrs Lawrence is that despite losing her beloved son, with dignity, she accepted the situation, with all the ugly and disturbing truths and failings that was brought to the surface about our great Britain and who governs us, and kept pushing on for justice in his case.
22/04/2013 14:17 BST
Why It's Our Duty as Women to Support Each

Why It's Our Duty as Women to Support Each Other

Bitch, slag, whore, slut, cow - all names synonymous with the female of the species. Men call us that and even worse, we call ourselves that, and by ourselves I mean our fellow sisters.
21/03/2013 16:51 GMT
Peter Tosh - Real

Peter Tosh - Real Revolutionary

Yesterday (September 11, 2012) marked 25 years since reggae musician and Rastafarian <strong>Peter Tosh</strong> was murdered in his home in Jamaica.
13/09/2012 14:32 BST
JA x

JA x GB

Jamaican culture is drenched here, from the slang we use, often without acknowledging or respecting its origins, the style of which we wear our clothes, the food we eat and the influence on the music we claim as our own.
26/08/2012 14:48 BST
Why Honesty Really is the Best

Why Honesty Really is the Best Policy

A musician called Frank Ocean put out a letter via his <a href="http://frankocean.tumblr.com/" target="_hplink">Tumblr</a> page letting us know his first love was a man he met at the age of 19 and struggled with the feeling being reciprocated. Frank is a 24-year-old black man, who sings about love and life, and is a part of a hip hop collective Odd Future and inevitably a public letter of this nature comes with huge cultural impact.
09/07/2012 09:44 BST
The Miseducation of

The Miseducation of Britain

Racism in Britain has once again resurfaced at the forefront of the mainstream news, almost magically as if it disappeared and reappeared overnight.
10/02/2012 13:26 GMT
My NHS

My NHS experience

I patiently waited for 15 minutes after putting in a 999 call for an ambulance, before calling back at 6.40am last Monday after my mum's collapse. When the operator told me <em>"it's not unusual to have to wait this length of time during periods of high call volumes"</em> I knew what was to come.
27/01/2012 14:25 GMT