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    Registration for Connecting to Kids through Art Workshop

    Looking for more ways to increase communication, connection, creativity, and confidence in your children and students? The Connecting with Art workshop will provide materials and information about how to use art to do just that. One day, 4 sessions – sign up for one, two, three or all four sessions to get the full experience. Sunday, September 29th, 2013, Arcadia, CA Session 1: 10:00-11:30am Session 2: 12:00-1:30pm (break for lunch) Session 3: 2:30-4:00pm Session4: 4:30-6:00pm $25.00 per session until September 1st. When you have filled out the following registration form, you will know that it has gone through because the form will wipe clean. As I receive your registration AND…

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    Welcome to May – Mental Health Awareness Month!

    One of the biggest reasons people don’t seek out therapy is because there is such stigma surrounding it. Welcome to May – National Mental Health Awareness Month! I sometimes even find myself, a counselor who genuinely believes in the benefits of therapy, justifying my own personal counseling. I catch myself saying things like “yes, I have a therapist, it was a requirement for my program.” The subtext kind of insecurity obviously says “if they didn’t require it, I wouldn’t have gone to therapy, and if I don’t inform you that it was a requirement, you might think I’m a nut job.” I hate when I catch myself doing this, perpetuating…

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    Natural Learning Handout

    Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to about 50 parents about natural learning. We asked everyone to fill this worksheet out as a way to continue their inner dialogue and thought process about their priorities for their children. The idea is that — you have things you will want your children to learn, but you do not need school to be involved. Think creatively about other ways they may learn these things — and be open minded about the timeline of WHEN they might learn them. Hope you enjoy! Natural Learning Seminar presented by Pam Sorooshian & Roya Dedeaux for more information, upcoming talks and workshops, and services…

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    self-help exercise

    Here’s what I want you to do today.  Print this blog, or get a piece of paper and a pen. Set a timer for 15 minutes. For 15 minutes, write down every single little random funny bit about why you “heart” yourself, and every big deep emotional philosophical reason as well. No stopping. No editing. You can edit later. You don’t have to look at the clock, because your timer will go off when it’s time. Just write, in list form, like a grocery list, all the reasons why you like yourself. They can be your skills, your attitude, your physical appearance, your relationships, whatever you want. For 15 minutes, just…

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    breathing green

    It’s visualization time, everyone. Ignore the cars outside, the other browser screens, your text message buzz. Look at this picture for just a minute. I’ve actually been there, I took this photo. I’d like to share it with you as best as I can. Imagine, first, your feet. Springy on the soft, damp dirt. Sometimes small sticks break underneath your feet. Sometimes you sink in deeper. You watch for details. Tracks stay in this kind of wet earth. You can tell the history of this path just from looking. It makes you feel closer to the ground, closer to the green. And oh, that green. Sometimes it takes you by…

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    always learning

    I am a member of a wonderful online discussion group called Always Learning. It’s for radical unschoolers, and people who want to learn from radical unschoolers about how to improve their relationships with their children, spouses, and themselves. It is an in-depth analysis of thought process, language use, and how these translate to relationships, parenting and education. On this list, there is a lot of discussion about what unschooling is, both in broad, theoretical terms and in specific and concrete details. Lately there has been some discussion about choice, anxiety, how a parent’s “leftovers” can cloud their relationship with their child, and what to do about it. I lifted this,…

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    suspended

    Whether or not you are a performance artist with the ability to actually hang like this, I think we’ve all been here. What do you think she is thinking? Feeling? Suspended and trapped? Capable and strong? In the spotlight or in the dark? Maybe she is thinking about the path that brought her here, to this. Maybe she enjoys playing a joke on gravity. And you? Where are you at? What holds you up? Which muscles are you using to stay there?

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    love pancake

    With valentine’s day still on my mind, I found this photo. It made me start thinking about relationships, nourishment, and what a person can do to feed love. Maybe a cheesy interpretation of a cheesy photo, but there you go. That is a real-live pancake made by yours truly many years ago. I think about what I’ve learned about cooking and relationships since then. I also think that if I had tried to live on that pancake all these years, I’d have starved to death, as would my relationships .The point? Keep feeding them.

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    clumsy love

    This has been one of my favorite love poems since I read it in my creative writing class at community college more than a decade ago. Maybe it’s because I am a klutz that I identified quickly. Upon further reading, the things to love about this poem add up… you know this person loves the subject of the poem not because they say “I love you” but because they notice all of these little details. The good and the bad. The clumsy and the grace. The human details. So this post is for valentine’s day, clearly. Love poems! I already wrote a post about writing love poems to yourself, so…

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    shelter

    Shelter. What does that mean to you? It’s at the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – it’s a basic one, a roof over our heads. Protection. Take it metaphorically, now – protection from what? Take a minute, find a piece of paper or open a blog post or write an extra long facebook status update. Think about what kind of metaphorical shelter you need. What are the elements it is protecting you from? What are you trying to keep safe? What does that shelter need to look like? How sturdy do the walls need to be? What about the roof? What kind of materials are needed? Can you leave…

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