#70 Play It By Ear – & – Listen By Heart

More than just listening or receiving messages – truly being heard requires attention, desire, and full, active participation. That seems a lot more like passion than simple, polite duty. And that’s what it takes to listen by heart. In his book (Nudge), Leonard Sweet described an interesting exercise.   Let’s try it: Circle the first four […]

# 68 Contact: Part 3

Sharing: With Whom, When, and Where?

Sharing our hopes, dreams, brainstorms, observations, light-hearted experience, and humor can be FUN. We are wired for connection. Our joys can, and do, seem to multiply when shared … and our troubles can indeed feel smaller when divided among friends. … But, how do we make real connections? Conversation (verbal, gestured, or written) is the […]

# 67 Contact: Part 2

Why Give Them Something To Talk About ?

Our volunteer stood silently, facing the class with a military stance: Attention! He avoided eye contact, and put his ‘poker face’ on. He waited. Sixty seconds later he breathed a sigh of relief, smiled, and sat down. I had asked students if it was possible for two people to be in sight of each other, […]

# 66 Social Connection: Vital For Health

Are You Getting Your Minimum Daily Requirement?

Contact! That’s what this article is all about. There is power in social connection. I recall students who entered my life-skills class carrying a lonely load of judgment, and doubt about their chances for recovery, and their prospects for the future. For some, lock-up in our forensic psychiatric hospital seemed to be a living enactment […]

# 65 Isolation: Blessing or Curse?

Your Vote Is Not Political

Isolation as a blessing or curse: Some things are easily defined – others, though no less real, are more difficult to view objectively. I read a story of a student’s response when asked to define ‘darkness’. He said the best way to really understand the ‘dark’ was to experience light – and then to know […]

# 64 Let’s Get Social

You’re Invited !  Join the adventure in the next category of discovery with our model of Bio-Psycho-SOCIAL-Spiritual Rehabilitation – for Depression and Anxiety. At heart – we know that we need each other. We are divinely designed to be social – to be connected with our God and with each other. What we may not […]

# 63 Christmas Wishes & Strategy

A Christmas Poem – Just for you: 14 Days before Christmas and all through the week, my brain has been whirling as fast as my feet. As I Try to get all of my special tasks done, To make a warm welcome for family to come.  And thinking, and thinking of all I should write; To you, my […]

#62 Blessings in Disguise ?

A Short-Story Peek - Behind the Scene …

Did you know that stress and anxiety can come in camouflage – and that if they successfully invade – without recognition, the door may be left ajar for other negative emotions to sneak in as well?   As told in this short story scene: The breath she hadn’t realized she was holding, escaped in a long […]

# 61 The Art of Imperfection

This week, Thanksgiving tables were set for celebration. Some displayed sparkling stemware, fine porcelain, and silver cutlery. Ideally, those fine porcelain pieces held offerings of culinary art – shared with love and with gratitude. The beautiful settings may have enriched your feast. Did you know that common pottery and fine Porcelain are all made from […]