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I write about themes of interest to me: personal development, education, addictions, technology, parenting, and creativity. If you like what you see, feel feel to leave a comment or get in touch to continue the conversation.

Self-Mentorship

Sit quietly. Turn down your thoughts. Breathe.

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Mentorship in the Workplace

Professional supervision, management, and leadership are particular mentoring roles that require great openness to personal development. Basically, the best supervisors are those with the greatest self-awareness. And those with good self-awareness make good mentors. But it is not a simple exercise to establish your role as a mentor supervisor. Here are some suggestions for how to develop that role more easily:

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Starting to Write

Stop whatever else you are doing. Close your email application and Facebook, turn off the background music, silence your cell phone. Put it all away. Do it now. I'll wait.

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Mentorship for Young Adults

As a result of complexities in the modern world, the achievement of adulthood has shifted from age 19 to age 35 since the Second World War. The central task of this stage is to integrate one’s life experience, including the unresolved childhood themes, and to develop a sense of ...

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Mentorship for Children

Mentoring requires immense sensitivity and interpersonal skill. Just as a good mentor can profoundly influence a child, so can a poor one. An inappropriate mentorship experience can severely damage the psychological development of a child. Mentorship is a trust, a role that is profound and powerful. Here are a few ...

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Mentorship and Technology

Technologies are cultures and not simply tools. Geeks, gamers, technophobes, phreaks, demosceners, nerds, hackers, cyberathletes, newbies, crackers: these terms and many others describe technological cultures that have evolved within the context of telephone, television, and computer technologies. Such cultures share both the positive and negative aspects common to cultures in ...

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Mentorship for Trauma

Trauma occurs when stress exceeds an individual’s containment capacity. Physiological (i.e. emotional) energy breaks through the emotional containment of the self and splits off to create what is known as the trauma vortex. Incomplete responses to the traumatic situation (fight, flee, freeze, orient) are locked in the trauma ...

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The Rule of Four

The Rule of Four is a shorthand for thinking about the archetypal symmetries between mental health challenges, developmental themes (which, in turn, are mostly based on the Bodynamic model) nervous system states, and addictions. The Rule of Four is not a comprehensive system or any kind of research-based manifesto; it ...

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The Core of Mentorship

The only way for an adolescent (or an adult) to develop integration, containment, and identity is through mentorship. The impulse of kids to form groups is healthy. In evolutionary terms, groups of young people seek leadership from adult mentors. In the absence of healthy adult mentors, adolescents form a youth ...

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Technology in Education

The landscape of education has changed more rapidly in the past decade than in the previous hundred years. New technologies challenge established norms. Emerging practices promise new modes and methods. Cultural, economic, and social changes encourage (and perhaps even demand) a comprehensive review of what education is, and what it ...

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Mentorship and Mythology

The word mentor is Greek in origin. It refers to a character in The Odyssey, a friend of Odysseus who offers counsel to his son during the father’s long absence upon the sea. But the sage Mentor is actually Athena in disguise, the goddess of war and wisdom who ...

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Creativity, Stillness, and the Body

The vault of the body does not always open to the inquiry of work. Sometimes I become distracted, or fickle, or too bent on perfection, and the protean movements that my frame offers me slide into frustrating repetitions of strain or injury or – this is the worst – complete stalling, so ...

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Lightning and Thunder in Creativity

It's October now, the beginning of the season of storms in the Pacific Northwest. Lighting and thunder will chase each other over this landscape many times over the next few months. In meteorological terms, lightning and thunder result when the electrical potential between earth and clouds (or between separate ...

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Breakwater (In Memoriam, Tony Milobar)

In springtime, snow melt from the surrounding mountains gathers in streams, cascades down verdant slopes, and swirls across the surface of the lake. The waters rise, nudging ever closer to the stones first laid down by Tony and his children. A wheelbarrow full of stones for each of them to ...

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Sentence Composition Checklist

This is a short list of considerations to use when seeking to write well. Review the following items in order, after writing the first draft of every sentence.

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