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The Journey

On depression as a necessary winter before the spring…

September 5, 2016 0 Comments

Imagine if we, as a culture, could embrace depression. Imagine that in any life cycle there are, as in nature, seasons. Depression does not always have to be viewed as pathology. The industrial age introduced clocks, the digital age upped 9-5 to 24/7. We are not meant to operate outside of the natural order of […]

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Forgiving and Moving on…

August 12, 2015 0 Comments

Not. Not now. For some, perhaps not ever. How much energy, creativity or progress is lost to us personally, professionally or civically, because we don’t choose to address  this? Post conflict is complicated, human nature is not. This wisdom is over 2500 years old. Clearly, our limitations haven’t eased in nearly 3 millennia.   Ironic that I was […]

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Why Write? “…it is human nature to write”

April 5, 2015 0 Comments

So says Julia Cameron in her introduction to The Right to Write. We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes us directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and mediation, connecting us both […]

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On Storytelling & Learning to Repair the World

August 7, 2014 0 Comments

A few years ago when a colleague’s grandson was only 6, he came home from school having been taught the biblical story of Joseph. “Daddy, why did his brothers throw Joseph in the pit?” “Because Joseph was his father’s favorite. Jacob didn’t treat the other brothers as nicely.” The wee one went off. A good […]

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Progress not Perfection

July 17, 2014 0 Comments

What would I do if I didn’t have to do it perfectly? A great deal more than I am. Julia Cameron  “Progress not perfection” is a mantra heard frequently in support groups. I repeat it often in my work with clients and when I am trying to be gentle in my own self -talk. It’s […]

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Welcome

July 8, 2013 0 Comments

The change I encourage is to repair and restore your own sense of self and to bring those lessons and habits into an effort to repair and restore your world. Whatever attracted you to this blog and my work, you are very welcome. I hope it serves as an inspiration or impetus on your personal […]

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Emerald Valley – One year old!

November 16, 2012 0 Comments

It has been a year to the month that we set up on Canal Street, and we are Empowering Change in Emerald Valley now! We’ve grown, we’ve pivoted and we’re better than ever! …at the Bath House: Artful First Fridays is now a regular feature. Launched in October, Peadar Jackson generously shared his work. Ten pieces are […]

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Cross Border Development Zone, Business led!

July 11, 2012 0 Comments

Brian Morgan raised the question in a Border Counties Forum on Linkedin: Can Local Authorities really lead the development of a Cross Border Development Zone?  http://goo.gl/Fu2d0 The success of BorderBizCamp proved: good things happen when 15 business folk conspire and drive the engine of government agencies. This can happen on a as wide and broad […]

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On Communities Growing Professionally…

June 17, 2012 0 Comments

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead People often ask me what BizCamp is. An unconference. What’s that? Quite simply: it’s a labour of love. Congratulations to the BorderBizCamp team; the day was brilliant, every detail was attended to and operations ran […]

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Storytelling…What it Helps to Know

June 13, 2012 0 Comments

Kevin Kling came into his own as a storyteller when while in college he realised, “Saturday night was only as good as the story you could tell about it on Sunday”. Stories are the way in which we share the full measure of our experience. The onus is on the listener to ‘take what you like […]

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