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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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    how to care for an introvert

    Floating around the interwebs is this article, written by a self-professed extroverted teacher. She writes about complaints she receives from parents of introverts that she requires her students to answer questions in class. She says she has done research about the different needs of extroverts and introverts, and has come even more strongly to the conclusion that her introverted students need her to require their class participation in order to prepare them for the world. I have taken issue with a few items in this article. First, the basic premise of what she writes is that introversion = quiet, and quiet = incapable, and extroversion = loud, and loud =…

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    print this post

    I am in the process of creating a goal workbook – something you’ll be able to use and really dive deep into. From time to time I will give you a little tidbit here. So here’s your first taste: What you do with this – print it. Then do what it says. Don’t think. Just draw. What will it look like when you’ve accomplished your goal? Here’s a little twist – have a significant other? Why don’t you both do it – without looking at the other’s drawing. Then take a look – what is the same? What’s different? What are the parts that stand out to each of you?…

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    Super Dad!

    This picture has been floating around the internet the last couple of weeks, and I think it deserves another little bit of spotlight. In my time as a counselor I’ve heard a lot of parents express a lot of anxiety about their children. But it’s amazing – they don’t say “I’m anxious” or “I’m afraid.” They start with “my kid won’t–” or “my kid doesn’t–” and it’s anger and frustration that are the surface emotions. Imagine this picture happening with a parent who hasn’t figured out their fears or anxieties. You have a kid who feels like a superhero. They want to express that. Or maybe nothing that deep –…

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    secret postcards

    have you ever been to postsecret? I remember way back in the day waiting all week til they would refresh their blog and I could see a new batch. The idea is that people around the world create a postcard with a secret on it, they mail it in, postsecret photographs and publishes them anonymously. People are brave, when they think no one knows who they are. They say things they wouldn’t normally tell another person. They admit anguishes, they admit prejudices. Ugly things come out, a lot. But so does beauty. Sometimes the secrets are just beautiful and touching and you can’t help but hope that they are going…

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    Homeschoolers and Mental Health

    For my Master’s degree I spent a full year writing, collecting, analyzing and editing this project. I surveyed over 1000 homeschoolers from 48 different states. I asked them approximately 175 questions – including 5 mental health measurement tools. I measured depression, anxiety, happiness, character strengths and their attitude towards seeking professional therapy. In addition, I asked things about their income, religion, formal education, time spent using community resources, and what type of homeschooler they identified with the most. It was a fascinating amount of data, and one that I can’t wait to write more and more about. With so much data, it will take me years to pull out little…