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Megy Karydes

Writer

Chicago, Illinois

Megy Karydes

Lover of food, travel, adventures and, oh yea, writing. Best part of my life is when I get to merge all of those loves together.

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Bringing the Arts to the Blind

Brett Shishkoff goes to the theater, enjoys museum exhibits, attends the opera and swims with friends. He’s also blind. “All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. Until recently, however, Chicago stages didn’t make it easy for those who were blind or visually impaired. But in 2015, the Chicago Community Trust brought together Chicago arts community leaders to address accessibility for patrons with disabilities.
Chicago Health magazine Link to Story
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The New, White-Collar Apprenticeship

Thanks to a push by the insurance industry, apprentices may be coming to an office near you.
The Atlantic / CityLab Link to Story
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The Food Science Lab is Teaching Students to Grow Food in a Chicago High School

Carl Schurz High School isn’t technically located in a “food desert,” but it might as well be. Nine out of 10 students attending this Chicago high school come from low-income households, where highly processed foods and fast food are the norm. Yet, a surprising development is unfolding within these very walls. On a particularly cold February day, with snow still on the ground, many Carl Schurz students were served fresh micro-greens as part of their Chicago Public School-provided lunch. “Wow, it’s fresh as hell,” one student declared as he tasted his salad. “It actually tastes pretty good.” For many students, it’s not only one of the first times they’ve tasted fresh greens, it’s the first time they’ve been able to trace the origin of their food. Granted, it’s easy in this case because it came from the Food Science Lab located on the first floor of their school, in a former English classroom.
Civil Eats Link to Story
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Can Space-Aged Tomato Seeds Save an American Food Desert?

Despite having three grocery stores within a mile radius, many students attending Carl Schurz High School in Chicago have never eaten a fresh piece of lettuce, much less know where their food is grown. This year, that’s changing for some with the construction of the school’s new food science lab. The lab allows them to grow everything from tomato seeds that have orbited through space to earthly micro-greens, arugula, and kale in a variety of different environments. “There’s a huge disconnect between environmental and food science education, the actual process of growing, and teaching students what that process is,” says Mitch Arsenie, an AP environmental science teacher at Shurz High School, which is located on the city’s northwest side. But he’s not starting out small. He’s starting with tomato seeds that have spent some time on the International Space Station (ISS).
National Geographic Link to Story
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Why Homeless Youth Need Lockers

As a homeless college student in the 1980s, Anne Holcomb had zero options for storing important documents like her birth certificate and social security card. She put them in a couple of baggies, dug a hole in the ground behind the abandoned building where she slept, buried them, and hoped for the best.
The Atlantic / CityLab Link to Story
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A Historic Hotel Reborn For a Green Age

Deanna Young had never eaten Swiss chard before arriving at Harvest Commons in Chicago. She never even knew the leafy green existed. Today, she makes juice with it, along with other vegetables picked from the sizable urban garden conveniently located three floors below her studio apartment. Young credits Harvest Commons for her turnaround.
Sierra magazine Link to Story
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HGTV's Alison Victoria: Crashing Kitchens, Saving Lives

“Don’t look up. Whatever you do, don’t look up,” warned her crew. It was too late. Alison Victoria, interior designer and host of HGTV and DIY Network’s popular show, Kitchen Crashers, looked up just as her crew’s van pulled into a restaurant parking lot to see an emaciated pit bull trying to lick up any scraps of food it could find on the ground.
PAWS Chicago magazine Link to Story
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An art exhibit on race in America generates an unexpected controversy

"Confronting Truths: Wake Up! ," Ti-Rock Moore's new solo exhibit at Gallery Guichard in Bronzeville, was intended to start a conversation about racism in America. Instead it's started a controversy. Moore, who's white, created 50 pieces for the exhibit, including Michael Brown Black Angel, a life-size replica of Michael Brown's body lying facedown in the street after he was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer.
Chicago Reader Link to Story
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Adult diseases can strike children because of poor diet and obesity

Once seen only among an older population, adult diseases such as fatty liver disease, hypertension and osteoporosis are being diagnosed more and more in children. And you can add to that sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. The culprits? Unhealthy diets and growing waistlines, experts say.
Chicago Tribune Link to Story
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It’s a wrap: Alpaca wool hits the runway

Look out cashmere, there’s a new luxe fiber warming everyone up. And it’s fair trade, too. Shearing alpaca in Peru is full of ceremony and ritual. The animal, which resembles the love child of a small camel and sheep, is prized for its exotic wool yet isn’t as docile as sheep when it comes to getting a haircut.
Fortune Link to Story
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Fair Trade’s Stirring Reception

Fair trade principles have become increasingly relevant in a rapidly interconnected world. Find out what’s new in this important product segment. Thanks to social media, many of us have instant access to news around the world including the clothing factory tragedy in Bangladesh. How does this news translate at the retail level?
Gift Shop ~ Winter 2014 issue Link to Story
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Teen Dating Violence Victims Suffer Long-Term Health Effects

“They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s OK, I mean… I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.”. This is how Patricia, 13, refers to boys in her school. During an interview for a study on sexual assaults, she describes these unwelcomed touchings and grabbings as normal, commonplace behaviors. Normalizing this type of behavior at such a young age has become worrisome to many in the field of teen dating violence and domestic violence because it also has long-term health consequences. For many victims, these types of assaults are not being reported because the victims are not recognizing them as assaults but, instead, are perceiving them as part of normal cultural mores.
Chicago Health magazine Link to Story

About

Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes established Karydes Consulting in 2007 to offer professional writing, marketing and public relations services to publishers, media outlets, organizations and individuals working for positive social change as well as to support women-owned businesses.