Tuesday, June 09, 2020

A Season for Nonviolence Reflections

"Photo (above) courtesy of Photos8.com."
I wrote some weekly reflections on nonviolence back in 2011 during the Season for Nonviolence campaign.

Carry the Vision of Peace
A Season of Nonviolence, a national 64-day campaign committed to demonstrating that nonviolence works, ended recently. I believe it does not need to end. Nonviolence is not just for a season - it is a way of life. I invite you to reflect, contemplate and/or meditate on the readings below.

Friday, June 05, 2020

Seeing the Redeeming Qualities in Others

Here is an article I wrote many years ago about when Martin Luther King Jr. and his group were trying to think about anything good about Bobby Kennedy and could not. They finally found one thing and it led to an incredible partnership that led to many changes.

The story is about seeing the redeeming qualities in others. I thought I would post it as it brought me comfort to reflect on that story again today.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Links

SWAB TEST. Patient and medical
supervisor preparing for a COVID-19
 nasal swab test. Image created
 by Russell Tate. Submitted for United
Nations Global Call Out To Creatives
 - help stop the spread of COVID-19.
So much has happened since COVID-19 has brought the world to its knees. Here are some links on COVID-19. 

Stay safe. 

#thefrontstepsproject The idea is to take pictures of families on their front porches during the shelter in place in exchange for a donation to a local business. Local photographers participated in the project.

A very insightful article on grief that is related to COVID-19.

How to make a family handprint keepsake during this pandemic.

An article addressing anxiety, sleeplessness and forgetfulness during this pandemic and help with coping.

A message from former president George W. Bush on the pandemic that is heartfelt and somber.

Covid-19 Survivor story and how remdesivir might have saved him. Here is a video interview as well that was aired on News 4.

An article on why giving back matters more now than ever.

Coronavirus poem, You Clap for Me Now, on discrimination and immigration.

A very special and appropriate poem for this shelter in place time by a dear friend of mine.

How to volunteer in your pajamas during this pandemic.

A YouTube video I did on how to deal with feelings connected to COVID-19.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Crazy 8 Cycle - A Guide to Dealing with Conflict

During this time many of us are spending more time at home with loved ones and possibly getting into a bit more conflict as a result. Whether that is the case or not, we all have some encounters with others from time to time where we have conflict with others. This video will give you insight and a way to navigate conflict.

The Crazy 8 model shows us how easily we get stuck when we get triggered and how we get caught up in a cycle. It also shows us how to get out of it and how to prevent falling into the cycle in the first place. Maureen Lowell presented this many years ago in a workshop and it has been most helpful to me and many of my clients. If you like the video please consider sharing with others and liking it on YouTube.

Monday, May 25, 2020

During Coronavirus Pandemic Domestic Violence Victims are at More Risk

Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash
As many are being asked to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic to be safe, many individuals and children will be in even more danger. Self-isolation puts victims of domestic violence and their children at greater risk of violence and abuse occurring in the home.

As any person who has been on the receiving end of abuse will tell you, home is not a haven from abuse and violence. In fact, for millions of people this will be a trying time where they will find themselves in circumstances that can increase abuse and violence in the home.

Their partner may be without employment and with schools closed, children will be at home and need assistance with online learning. Routines that were counted on will be no more for many. With this will come more stress and tension in the home.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

ARTners Offers "A Walk in Your Shoes" Program to Honor All Walks of Life

Painting by Teresa Gutierrez
ARTners, a nonprofit in Sacramento, is offering "A Walk in Your Shoes" program where they will paint you or a loved one's journey or story by focusing on their feet or shoes.

The main idea is that we all have a story to tell and a journey that we have been on, a trial we have overcome, or a journey we are still working through in the present or just things that we love. The program is designed to support all walks of life and honor individual journeys.

"I am a portrait artist at heart," says Teresa Gutierrez, co-founder and president of ARTners who will be doing the paintings. "I love to paint people. However, I also discovered that I love to paint murals too."

It appears she also likes to tell peoples' stories through art. ARTners will also ask permission to display the art in an art show or on their website so it can be shared with others. They will also honor if the individual would like to keep it confidential.

To request a painting for you, a friend or a family member you can email artnerscollaborative@gmail.com. You will be asked to fill out a form telling the artist some information about your or the person who the painting will be about. ARTners will also ask for a photo of the person's feet or favorite pair of shoes. This is the photo that will be painted with creativity added (based on the information provided on the form).

They are painting 12"x 12" or 24"x 24" paintings. The smaller is $75 and the larger size goes for $125. Proceeds will support the nonprofit and many of its programs they provide for the community.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Feature Photos

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Friday, May 22, 2020

El Dorado County School Districts Feed Youth During COVID-19 Pandemic

Gina Huettl delivers food to a White Rock.
When Kim Andreason realized the schools would close in El Dorado County due to COVID-19 she immediately started setting up a grab-and-go lunch program for kids at various sites.

"I started reaching out to schools and nonprofits that I though would let us distribute food on their site. I couldn't imagine anyone not partnering with us," recalled Andreason, the director of Food and Nutrition Services for Rescue Union School District. We just need to feed kids."

One of those sites was White Rock Village, a property of Mercy Housing in El Dorado Hills that provides affordable housing to create stable and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.

"When I got Kim's voice message I knew we had to partner," Eddie Zacapa, a resident services coordinator at the property said. "Every summer Rescue Union School District provides a summer lunch program on our site, so it made sense to do this here."

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Participate in Shelter in Pace Virtual Run/Walk and Support Donate4Sacramento COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

I just did my first challenge of the Shelter in Pace virtual run/walk series. I hiked three miles this Saturday - since my knee is still recovering from an injury.

I appreciate that I can run or walk the event because it allows me to participate in an event that motivates me to stay active and gives me the chance to contribute to a good cause.

As a registrant you have the choice of completing one, two or three events of different distances. You will receive a medal for each event that you participate in.

Races are not happening right now but with this event you can choose the location and day of your event and submit your time on the website. You can use a treadmill, go to a park or trail, walk or run around your block, etc. If you want you can also submit a photo of you doing the event. You can sign up at www.raceroster.com. If your register for all three events you get a free t-shirt and three medals that connect with magnets to make one big medal.

If you are the competitive type you can enter your time and see how you do compared to all the race registrants. You can also make a team and invite friends to join your team.

If you want to join my team "Make a Difference" let me know or join online when you sign up for an event or all three. Proceeds go to Donate4Sacramento COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. Let's make a difference together!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A Vet Tech That Travels the World and Inspires Others

Amber Lynn LaRock in the clinic with a pup. 
When Amber Lynn LaRock is not in the clinic treating and saving animals she can be seen traveling the world. Having worked as a vet tech in a clinic for over five years, she decided to go from taking a vacation once a year (where she could volunteer) to building a business where she could travel more often and do what she loves to do at the same time.

She writes, "I wanted to create a life that filled me up, so I knew it was time to look at my veterinary career in a different way."

That led to her becoming a traveling vet tech while writing for clients as well. She has 12 clients that pay her to post content and she also helps others with their businesses. She typically spends 4 days a week online all day and the other days volunteering at local animal rescues or just exploring the current city she is in.

She also seems to have an affinity for kittens and fostering them when she can. You can follow her adventures on her Instagram page vettetechandtravel and also check out her website at https://www.allassistva.com/.