Pleasure is our birthright. At our core, we’re innately designed to move toward pleasure – and away from pain. Pain makes us contract and shut down. Pleasure invites us to open up, reach out, and tune into our senses. This week I’ve been dipping into...
Communication is not the first objective of writing. The first goal of writing is to understand. Writing is a tool to think with. We put words on paper to pursue and capture our thoughts. Personally, before I learned Jack Grapes’ Method Writing, I struggled with...
Creativity can’t happen without passion, and practice. So much has been written about methodologies for enhancing creativity. My house is overflowing with gadgets and games we’ve gotten the kids over the years to bring out their ‘inner Da Vinci.’ Although I’ve...
Don’t miss a great “Shakespeare for kids” experience in Topanga Canyon. For the last two summers I’ve been taking my son to the outdoor Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. They put on a magical performance of A Midsummer Night’s...
If you want your children to be in touch with what they think and who they really are, then encourage them to write. Diving into the experience of self-expression is a way to pay attention to the world, within and outside themselves, and to experience what Natalie...
Some words when repeated in our mind (& aloud) give us the strength to swing for the fences. Teaching children to use bold words supports their “Yes” voice. Douglas Bloch (author of Words That Heal) calls this “Positive Self-Talk.” Every child (and...
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