Life Lessons in Presence

How many times have you heard someone say, “He was at home with us, but he wasn’t present?” It happens a lot and it’s a major factor in relationships coming apart. If you are reading this, you probably have some skills in staying present. The ability to stay present ebbs and flows through life, but […]

Book Review: The Conscious Parent

“The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Namaste Publishing 978-1-897238-45-5 This book is just simply amazing. The world would be such a different place if we all read this book. Especially, if through reading it, we could forgive ourselves for the many times we have betrayed the innocence, vulnerability and […]

Listening To Spaces

Ramblings of an Old Flower Child 80% of effective communication is active listening. Another way to say that is, “Seek to understand before being understood.” It’s what we taught in our Effective Communications class and is the basis of good counselling, diplomacy and just plain getting along. Essentially, active listening means being engaged, silent and […]

Changing the World, One Town at a Time

Find your place on the planet, dig in, and take responsibility from there. ~Gary Snyder Municipal governments take care of the details. They build skate parks, protect or develop land, and invest in infrastructure (or not). They decide if you can raise chickens in your back yard, whether or not you can spray pesticides, and how […]