the Talk Zone Center blog/postings will start again soon, I don’t want to delete this site because of so many great resources that have been shared on it.  Though if you would like to be part of the new center site just come over and say hello!  thanks Lady Jtalks

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February 28, 2011

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PAVE Newsletter

Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence

February 2011

In this Issue

:: National PAVE Walk

:: Angela Rose on CNN HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell

:: Male Survivor: Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence

:: Leandra Krueger – Raising the Volume

:: Arts for Awareness

:: Safe Campus, Strong Voices

:: International Race to Stop the Silence

:: Men and Boys Healing

:: PAVE Love Fest: Building the National Movement

:: Join Us!

Dear Jacki m,

PAVE shatters the silence of sexual violence through social awareness, educational outreach, and legislative efforts. By being both prevention and awareness focused, PAVE works on all fronts to end sexual violence affecting men, women and children throughout the globe.

We use art, education and action to challenge cultural norms that encourage violence and ignore the spectrum of sexual abuse.  We create an awareness and response to any injustices victims, survivors and their communities suffer.

You’re invited to join this important work – learn more today!

Tiffany Walk Poster

National PAVE Walk to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Join PAVE for its inaugural national walk as a day of solidarity for an empowering conclusion to Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) on Saturday, April 30, 2011. PAVE will provide the tool kit complete with flyers, posters, press release, and a step-by-step guide to make it simple to create a walk in your community. You also will have an opportunity to raise donations for your favorite local charity such as a local YWCA or rape crisis center! The community that raises the most money will win an event in the fall or next SAAM with MTV’s Sarah Rice and acclaimed poet Steve Connell (seen on BET, MSNBC, HBO and more!) For more info, click here.

To get involved, email: Programs@ShatteringTheSilence.org

Angela Rose on CNN's HLN

PAVE Founder on CNN HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell

Founder of PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment Angela Rose speaks to CNN HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell on the recent Maryland attacks on elderly females this month. One suspected perpetrator raped an elderly woman twice in her own home. Click here to watch the video and comment.

Male Survivor: Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence

Male Survivor video

Male Survivor is a PAVE Affiliate who is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism. See their new PSA and campaign "Dare to Dream" by clicking here: http://www.malesurvivor.org/

"Raising the Volume" – PAVE Ambassador: Leandra Krueger

LeandraOn Valentine’s Day of 2006, Leandra was drugged and sexually assaulted by her OB/GYN – a trusted doctor that delivered two of her children. After speaking out and pressing charges, detectives were able to back track assaults perpetrated by the Doctor almost 23 years. Many were silenced! With a successful conviction, Leandra is determined to give a voice and face to this far too often "silent crime."

Taking the Power Back and Raising the Volume…

Vday March

Because she was sexually assaulted on Valentine’s Day, she had been triggered by hearts and Vday cards. Bravely, she took ownership over her triggers  and spoke out at a rally working with orgs including Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) on Vday 2011. Passionate to the cause of giving a voice to those who have been silenced by abuse, this typical girl next door turned activist hopes to inspire and empower women/men nationwide to speak out against abuse.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A RECENT NEWS CLIP

Arts for Awareness events

Artistic Means to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence

PAVE is hosting a series of Arts for Awareness events across the country including New York with Rusted Blue, Virginia, and Texas. Combining artists, musicians, advocates and poets, these events can bring a sense of community and empowerment when shattering the silence of sexual violence. PAVE features creative events to engage people in dialogue on the issue of violence and provides an artistic voice to survivors as a means of healing.

Learn more about PAVE’s use of art to shatter the silence, watch a clip of the interactive art empowerment campaign The Binding Project. If you are interested in hosting an event in your community, email Info@ShatteringTheSilence.org

And if you are in Chicago, visit: Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

Safe Campus, Strong Voices

National Campus Safety Awareness Month

Security on Campus

Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) and Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC) are having a contest to create the logo for the Safe Campus, Strong Voices campaign! This campaign is a national initiative for National Campus Safety Awareness Month in September to raise awareness and increase advocacy on the issue of college sexual violence and the vast amount of under-reported cases as well as the injustices that many survivors face. The Safe Campus, Strong Voices Campaign will focus on victim empowerment, prevention, bystander intervention, and provide tangible tools for both men and women to work together to create a safer campus.

Race to Stop the Silence

International Race to STOP THE SILENCE April 23, 2011 –

Washington, DC

Join PAVE at The Race to Stop the Silence, an 8K Race, 5K fun run/walk, and kids fun run, is conducted yearly in Washington, D.C. (2011 is the seventh annual) during April (Child Abuse Prevention Month) to raise mass awareness about child sexual abuse.  The Race is an upbeat, educational, and motivational event that brings in support from government, corporate, foundation and private individuals and attracts over 1,200 people, reaches millions through media outreach in relation to it, and draws notable speakers each year. Click here for more info.

Boys and Men Healing
PAVE’s friends at Big Voice Pictures continues to shatter the silence of sexual violence with their captivating film "Boys and Men Healing." Click here for more info.

On Valentine’s Day, PAVE hosted a conference call "PAVE Love Fest: Building the National Movement to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence" discussing some exciting new national initiatives that you can cultivate in your own community for positive change!  We need you!!  Spread the word about this call to your friends, colleagues, campus Women’s Center, local rape crisis affiliates, etc.

Click here to listen

ALSO…JOIN US!!

INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Interested?

OR START A PAVE CHAPTER OR BECOME A PAVE AFFILIATE!

Email: info@shatteringthesilence.org

SAVE THE DATES:

2011 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking

Chicago, IL – April 11-13, 2011

http://www.evawintl.org

Annual Hawai’i Conference on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Child, Adolescent and Adult Trauma

March 8-10, 2011

Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, HI

http://www.ivatcenters.org/8thHawaiiConference.html

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND TRAUMA

September 11 – 14, 2011

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA

http://www.ivatcenters.org

Donate today to continue our efforts to shatter the silence of sexual violence in your community!

Visit our website: www.ShatteringTheSilence.orgSign up for our email alerts, join our FB cause, or start a PAVE affiliate in your community!! Get involved and let’s work together to shatter the silence of sexual violence!

          Sincerely,

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Healthy Place: Verbal Abuse

February 1, 2011

 

You can also read the HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter online.

Verbal Abuse: It Can Be Insidious

On the HealthyPlace Support Forums, one of our adult members, taebofreak, shares his experiences being a victim of verbal abuse.

"My father has his own ideas about me and voices them pretty often. He assumes the worst about me and thinks I am an idiot. All he does is criticize me and drag me down when I make any progress." (Full text of taebofreak "Verbally Abusive Father" post.)

It’s easy to recognize that for what it is: verbal abuse. HealthyPlace verbal abuse blogger, Kellie Holly, provides a different twist. Her soon-to-be ex-husband wasn’t into name-calling. His tactics revolved around trying to make her feel inadequate and dimwitted. He would tell her to do one thing, she’d do it, and the next week he’d say "I never said that." Then, he’d chastise her for it.

The point is – both are forms of verbal abuse. The second example though may be more difficult to recognize. But the one thing all verbal, emotional, psychological abusers have in common is that everything is your fault and in the end, you begin to believe it too.

Your Thoughts
Read and/or respond to taebofreak.
Join us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat
You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren’t already, it’s free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the forums page, you’ll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.

We hope you’ll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.
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Share your thoughts/experiences on "verbal or psychological abuse" or any mental health subject, or respond to other people’s audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).
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"The High Cost of Mental Illness" on HealthyPlace TV

Between 1985 and 1995, says Mark, "I lost just about all that was dear to me—friends, family, business, home, and possessions—and for the next six years I plumbed the depths of experience and my own psyche, living on the mean streets of San Francisco as a homeless junkie. It damn near killed me."  That’s the high price he paid for being misdiagnosed with depression when he had bipolar disorder – on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (TV Show blog)

Coming in February on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show
  • Who Needs ADHD Coaching?
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Difficult Issues Facing Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT healthyplace.com
For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

How to Stop Verbal and Emotional Abuse

Are you in a verbally, emotionally abusive relationship? Shelly and Dr. Michael Marshall, co-authors of the book "Respect-Me Rules," say you can empower yourself and stop the abuse. That’s on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Teaching Your Closed Minded Child To Be More Open Minded

Here’s an email sent to The Parenting Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield:

"Any advice on how to get through to two closed minded teenagers? My husband and I feel like our words can’t get through."

Are you in a similar situation? Here’s Dr. Richfield’s insight and advice on how to help your child be more open minded.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • A Fighting Spirit Won’t Save Your Life
  • Psychiatric Checkups
  • Does Insight in Therapy Equal Happiness? Not Always
  • How to See Through Others and Yourself
  • Why Few Veterans Get Mental Health Support
  • Brain Imaging Center Research May Lead To Treatment Of A Variety Of Mental Disorders
  • New Mental Health Foundation Report Reveals Startling Impact Of Poor Sleep On The Health And Happiness Of The Nation, UK
  • Relatives of Schizophrenia Patients Show Emotion Recognition Impairments
  • Personality Traits Linked to Depressive Morbidity in Bipolar I Patients

That’s it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you’ll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week, follow HealthyPlace on Twitter or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Thank you,
Deborah
Community Partner Team
HealthyPlace.com – America’s Mental Health Channel
"When you’re at HealthyPlace.com, you’re never alone."
http://www.healthyplace.com

Healthy Place news letter

January 21, 2011

 

You can also read the HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter online.

Managing Severe Depression

Watching this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show reminded me how debilitating Major Depression alone, or as part of Bipolar Disorder, can be. Many days, our guest, Julie Fast, wakes up crying and sometimes can’t seem to get out of bed.

She’s extremely educated on the subjects of depression and bipolar disorder, so you would think she has an edge on most people living with depression and maybe it would be easier for her to cope. But that’s not the case, she says. Most every day, Julie has to use strategies she developed so she can get things done.

One key point that really stood out – when asked about whether it was a matter of "accepting that you have depression," Julie said it has little to do with acceptance. Instead, she stated that people with chronic depression have to force themselves to do things. It’s not about saying "I have to think positive things," you have to just do things. And Julie says "it’s an all-day thing, but we work all day on our depression just to get to the days where we don’t have to."

Whether you are living with depression or bipolar disorder, or are a loved one of someone who is, watch this interview for some really help suggestions and insights. Julie has real clarity around the illnesses of depression and bipolar disorder.

Read Julie Fast’s HealthyPlace Articles

Join Our New Mental Health Forums and Chat

Good things are happening in our new mental health forums and chat support area. People are coming throughout the day and night posting and chatting; getting and giving support.

When we opened the new boards and chat earlier this month, we had a few technical glitches (which have  been fixed) and so the contest we planned didn’t come off. But we’re going to fix that today.

For the first 10 people who post on the boards, we will reward you with a $10 iTunes or Amazon gift certificate. And we have the same reward for the first 10 people who respond to them. After you post, just drop us an email to info AT healthyplace.com and let us know if you want an iTunes or Amazon gift certificate. And please include your HealthyPlace username in the email.

You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren’t already, it’s free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the forums page, you’ll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.

We hope you’ll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.
HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat
http://www.healthyplace.com/forums/

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Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences on "your hopes for the new year" or any mental health subject, or respond to other people’s audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT healthyplace.com

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"How to Get Things Done Despite Depression" on HealthyPlace TV

Many days of every week, Julie Fast, is severely depressed but still manages to get things done. The author of several bipolar, depression books and articles shares her depression coping strategies on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (TV Show blog)

Coming Soon on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show
  • The High Price Some Pay For Having a Mental Illness
  • Difficult Issues Facing Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
  • Exercise Addiction

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT healthyplace.com

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

My Verbally Abusive Marriage

Almost 40, Kellie, is raising two teenage boys and is still married to her verbally abusive husband of 17 years. They separated in January 2010 after "he put his hands on me again." But Kellie says, at times, she is miserable being separated, even though her husband continues to dish out the verbal abuse. We talked with Kellie about what it’s like being a victim of verbal abuse, how that’s impacted her and her children, and why she stayed around so long. That’s on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Does Insight in Therapy Equal Happiness? Not Always
  • How to Give and Receive Compliments
  • The Power of Persuasion
  • Heavy Drinking May Have Genetic Component
  • Memory Training Might Not Be Best For Reducing "Senior Moments"
  • Conduct Disorder Linked to Cannabis Use in First-episode Psychosis Patients
  • Bipolar Patients Show Gray Matter Deficits in Certain Brain Regions
  • Gender Differences in Schizophrenia Risk Develop in Later Adolescence

    That’s it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you’ll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week, follow HealthyPlace on Twitter or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.

    All of us at HealthyPlace hope your new year is getting off to a good start.

    Thank you,
    Deborah

    Community Partner Team
    HealthyPlace.com – America’s Mental Health Channel
    "When you’re at HealthyPlace.com, you’re never alone."
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Prayer without Ceasing

January 3, 2011

 

someone reminded me of this I posted February, 2008 and I wanted to share it with you all.  It’s been a long time since I have been able to write like this.  I am hoping that soon I can start again. 

 

How many pass on emails and never take that moment to verify something or give something personal to it?

The following is a little email I forwarded to friends who I thought would like the inspiration.  We all get these in our box and enjoy them, yet it’s true sometimes you’re not sure who to forward them to because even the most ardent believers get tired of reading and forwarding them some days.  Admit it!  I do because of the challenge to make sure I send them to the correct people on my list.  So I added a personal bit of fyi: to the first part.

Today I was given an opportunity to express my feelings about this in a way I don’t often do any more.  Basically because this is the first person to ask such a question of me in a very long time.  That said I hope you read through the whole blog and respond with what it means to each of you.  The first part below was sent to me to forward, I added the fyi: portion before I sent it out again. 

When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence….. ‘The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.’

Something good will happen to you today . Something that you have been waiting to hear. This is not a joke; someone will call you by phone or will speak to you about something that you were waiting to hear. Try to send this to a minimum of 7 people……… JUST DO IT!

             ‘Pray Without Ceasing’
fyi- "Pray without Ceasing" was a phrase that really got stuck in my mind after/while reading.  "The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way" translated by R. M. French and introduction for his series by Huston Smith. His series was called the Mystical Classics of the World and if you ever want a quick review of the six main mystical consciousness of the far east where "religion" actually has it’s roots.  Of course not used with the term religion as we term it today. 

The Way of the Pilgrim is the story of "Praying without Ceasing"  and the prayer in it’s shortest form is summarized on page nine.  "Be so kind, reverend Father, as to show me what prayer without ceasing means and how it is learnt.  I see you know all about these things"
He took my request kindly and asked me into his cell.  "Come in,"  said he.  "I will give you a volume of the holy Fathers from which with God’s help you can learn about prayer clearly and in detail."  We went into his cell and he began to speak as follows.  "The continuous interior prayer of Jesus is a constant uninterrupted calling upon the divine name of Jesus with the lips, in the spirit, in the heart, while forming a mental picture of His constant presence, and imploring His grace, during every occupation, at all times, in all places, even during sleep. The appeal is couched in these terms, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’  One who accustoms himself to this appeal experiences as a result so deep a consolation and so great a need to offer the prayer always that he can no longer live without it, and it will continue to voice itself within him of its own accord.  Now do you understand what prayer without ceasing is?"
The book that teaches this is not the bible.  A book more not looked upon as holier, it was a better explanation of what the Bible holds.  It holds these instructions by St Simeon the new theologian and read: " ‘Sit down alone and in silence.  Lower your head, shut you eyes, breathe out gently, and imagine yourself looking into your own heart.  Carry your mind, this, your thoughts, from your head to your heart.  As you breathe out, say "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me."  Say it moving your lips gently, or simply say it in your mind.  Try to put all other thoughts aside.  Be calm, be patient, and repeat the process very frequently.’ "
Further on in the book there is actually a little different version in a slightly longer form.  The basic mediation form that is set in motion by concentration on one thing only.  And the repetitive nature until it becomes one with your inner self. 


A new friend wrote back to me this morning and asked "what made you think I believed in God and Jesus?" and this was my reply to her.  LJ

God stands for Good Orderly Direction.  Now the Jesus thing is a long story that’s been around for about two thousand years.  There was talk about it long before then but one guy was brave enough to claim he was this long awaited for person and his mom and foster dad had a little to do with the story.

Seems that his mom, had a vision one night.  Now a days they would classify it as a psychotic break down with delusional thoughts but at the time most people didn’t have reference books enough to validate the facts. 

The good news that came out of it all though down the road is this guy was really in tune with nature and the natural order of life and he told some really good stories as examples on living a peaceful productive live. 
Of course over the last two thousand years people have tried to rewrite and restate his words to their own beliefs and advantages though there are many of us who are able to "know" what the truth is and when someone doesn’t even have a clue. 

From the other side of this life we can see and feel things like this guy could I can relate to most of what he said.  Not always how these lay people who don’t have this insight understand it because without insight to the other side of things it becomes all about themselves and not about others. 
That is basically what the Good Orderly Direction is about.  It’s about doing onto others as you would like them to do unto you no matter what they do.  Being your own person and rising above them. 

Some think that means being better then the other person, some think of it as turning the other cheek so that they can do it again, yet I think it just means letting them be themselves and removing their ability to hurt me from my presence and life. 
For most people it is a given that we call this belief system a belief in GOD yet it is called many different things in this world that all truly mean the same thing.  One great force that has no beginning and has no end in sight.

To take all religious design out of it scientifically it is referred to as Intelligent Design.  It is beyond human conception that this is all an accident in our life.  For those of us who see, feel, can hear the other side or after life we do have a knowing in something on the other side of this life other wise we would have no other explanations for our visions and knowledge.  Except perhaps……
I guess a simple "doesn’t everyone believe in something" would have been a simple answer, yet then again this is how you’ll get to know me…LJ
ps…the fyi I added to the email was because people forward things or read things yet never really know the full meaning of it…thus where it so just happens that I have the full meaning of it so I included it.  Prayer without ceasing has a whole new meaning when you read the whole story.

This of course is just a small part of the whole picture I just wanted to share a bit…

Office doors are always open at Lady Jz Talk Zone so drop an email there

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Running on Empty?
Does that describe you?  It describes almost everyone I’ve spoken with this month. From an energetic perspective, the field
is shifting rapidly. 
Holding on to the past is one sure fired way to keep our energy low.  Fear of change and the loss of control are two of the things that keep us off our game.  Add the need for approval (a human condition) and you’re sure to run out of gas.
Life is shifting moment by moment, breath by breath. Things we take for granted are no longer guaranteed.
What to do?  Now, more than ever, it’s time to clean house, literally and figuratively.  My good friend, Dr. Janet Knox, says, "You’ve got to do ‘In the meantimes’ while you are waiting
for your next step to appear."  This is more important than ever.
Waiting, while not comfortable, is what’s called for now.
This is an active waiting. Just as we wait while the gas pump refuels our car, we must participate by getting to the pump.
That’s where in the meantime comes in.  Faith, or faithing, is the application of intentional movement toward our goal. 
Consider:
1.  Cleaning your closets. Make room for the new.
2.  Clean out old beliefs that no longer serve you.  Awareness is power!
3. Be gentle with yourself.  You don’t beat the car when it runs out of gas, you find a station to refuel.  When you’re running on empty, it’s not the time to beat yourself up.
4.  Recognize and release things that don’t work.  Stop tolerating and start enjoying life as it is.  Surround yourself with positive, insightful people who can help you make the shift.
5.  If you’re really stuck, find a mentor who can help you move forward. Rather than condemn your situation, invest in yourself and grow from it.  "What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger."
Above all, love yourself, love your situation, and love that you are alive. It beats the alternative.

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Great news, Mikes going to be on Oprah, Oct 20th….

Hello Folks,

I realize that you folks are too far away to attend, but given our friendship, I thought to share this news with you.

Take care, Mike

  The Surviving Spirit – Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts 

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Kahlil Gibran

Hello Folks,

I hope all is well for everyone, no complaints here. Things have been quite exciting here in my little corner of the world. It’s been busy, but with all of the exciting news and events that have been going on, I am certainly not complaining – quite the contrary.

First some really good news, my oldest daughter Alisa gave birth the other day to her second daughter…she and little Ava are both doing well…this is really exciting for “Grandpa Mike”.

And continuing with the ‘good news department’ – please mark your calendars for Wednesday October 20th. Yours truly will be on the Oprah Winfrey Show. This still has me in the “pinch me I’m dreaming mode”…she is doing a show on male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the whole audience will be made up of male survivors. To be a part of this is truly an honor – still unsure whether my role will be active or passive. But to be asked to be a part of this significant event is quite humbling and so special to me and for the greater good it will have upon society as a whole.

My being away the last two weeks for presentations and performances in NY and CA are the main reason why the late notice in sending out this event news for next Saturday October 16th taking place here in my home in at 38 River Ledge Drive, Goffstown, NH. Once again the Surviving Spirit will be hosting a “house concert” with the doors opening up at 6pm and music to start at 7 pm. Rumor has it that my good friend Chris Schindler may join me once again on bass guitar – very cool!!! If any of my fellow musician friends would like to sing or bring along their own instrument, please do. I also have a conga drum that is crying out to be used!!! There will be two sets of music and in between, a short break for mingling, socializing and learning what the Surviving Spirit is all about. We are trying to build a community of caring folks…so in that ‘spirit’, please do bring along a snack or drink to be shared. Alcohol is permitted at this event – thanks!! If you can attend or need directions, please let me know via e-mail or phone – 603-625-2136.

On a serious note, I am scheduled for surgery on November 8th for the removal of my left thumb joint due to severe arthritis. I am told I will be unable to use the hand for 3 – 4 months. So this will be my last performance for a while, so if you can join me for this night, it would be great to see you.

Take care, Mike

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

A diagnosis is not a destiny.

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Hand in the Cookie Jar

October 11, 2010

this was really cool and very true for many of us…LadyJ

Hand stuck in the jar?

soulstreaker | October 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Tags: hand stuck in the jar, my soul salon, rena reese, the soul salon | Categories: advice | URL: http://wp.me/pPQ7z-ip

I once heard a story of a child who had gotten his hand stuck in a jar.  His father worked upwards of an hour to remove the boys hand from the small opening with no luck. The dad began to think he would have to break the ceramic jar to free his son’s hand.

Nearly at his wit’s end, he told the boy, "Son, let’s just try really hard to open up your hand very wide and stretch your fingers out making them as long as you possibly can."

To this, the little boy answered, "No way Daddy, then I would drop the penny and that’s the whole reason I put my hand in here and got into this mess."

How often do we find ourselves in a situation– that simply releasing something small could eliminate?  How often do we hold onto something that keeps us stuck–when letting go of it will free us?  Sometimes it is something small–and sometimes these things are quite big–but the ease with which we will free ourselves is often proportionate to the "that something."

What’s your penny?  Can you let it go?

All the best!

Rena M. Reese

Founder, Soul Salon International

PS- The Soul Salon is moving to its permanent home at MySoulSalon.com and will soon stop posting to both blogs. I would love it if you’d pop over there and subscribe there as I will soon stop double posting. (They look remarkably similar) I pinky-swear this will be the last move.

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