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This focused interview on the theme of care was conducted on the top floor of Solaris Camphill Hudson in Hudson, NY on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, with Elizabeth Shaw, fellow participant and classmate in Oral History Summer School’s intensive workshop focused on care. This interview may be of use to those who are interested in caregiving within family kinships as well as school settings. Topics covered include: being a ‘devoted aunt’, being a children’s librarian, care within families, mental health (with emphasis on depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), children’s books, fantasy, feminism and care, collaborative and communal caregiving, parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and understandings of need and duty, comfort and discomfort, chronic pain (with emphasis on migraines), schools (working in them as well as attending them), and self-care.
Becky Carmel is and has been a caregiver in many different capacities, including long-term babysitting & nannying relationships, hospital caregiving in times of change & crisis, and having extended networks of chosen family.
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