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  • My heart attack

    • Doc Warren
    Sep 22, 2014
    For years I’ve pushed myself to the limit. I’m a junkie for breaking personal records; I’ve been like that for most of my life. When my physical issues caused me to have to stop body building (I preferred what was then known as “Super High Intensity Bodybuilding” which called for pushing every muscle to the point of exhaustion plus two and picking one muscle group per month to push even harder), I traded the high of bodybuilding for pushing my personal capacity.
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  • Creativity

    • Heather Shannon
    Sep 22, 2014
    Part of me is angry I even have to write this. Shouldn't we all have the time and space to paint and write every day, frolicking in a meadow, braiding our hair with flowers we grew in the garden? Why would we need to remind ourselves to engage in this most valued human drive?
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  • Naked & Vulnerable

    • Christian Billington
    Sep 12, 2014
    Now This blog was written some two hours after the experience, raw and honest (and edited some time afterwards with the added reflections). Writing this experience was intense. This is my off load. Writing has consistently been a safe refuge for me. I have had flashes of the physical accident and that still involves an acute inhale but it feels more gentle. What remains is a busy mind processing every little step and action at the scene and of course concern for the individual that was involved in the accident. I will hope and pray that all of the other racers this day and tomorrow finish their races safely and soundly.
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  • How Does What You Eat Affect How You Feel?

    • Heather Shannon
    Sep 12, 2014
    Nutrition is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. Because food struggles have been part of my personal journey it can feel like a loaded topic at times, but I know it is also one full of healing and health and even joy, which is why I want to share it with you.
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  • Counseling milestones in convergence

    • Doc Warren
    Sep 05, 2014
    He couldn’t believe he was standing there in the lecture hall. It was Saturday in a big city out of state and early morning. Normally he’d be in bed or headed to the farm but today he was standing in a strange room, in a strange college in a big city starting the first of two lectures that day: a 2 ½ hour lecture on mandated reporting followed by a 3 hour lecture on building a clinical relationship with clients.
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  • ASEXUALITY

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 26, 2014
    Yesterday, I watched a documentary about asexuality ("(A)sexual," 2011). As I am committed to furthering my knowledge in LGBTQIA and other areas, I feel the need for more education about asexuality and its place in our society.
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  • I Love Mindfulness

    • Heather Shannon
    Aug 22, 2014
    I wanted to reach out and share a little bit with you all about mindfulness. It's a topic that has become increasingly near and dear to my heart. As I see my career moving forward, I see myself moving more towards incorporating mindfulness and instructing people in this valuable tool. Sometimes I call it a tool because we’re all comfortable with that sort of cognitive-behavioral language.
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  • The birth of Pillwillop

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 21, 2014
    Back before automobiles, before the telephone and before modern roads there was a time when the best way to get from one place to another was to either make the trek by foot or horseback or if you were financially able, to hire the services of a stage coach. Stage routes sprung up all over the growing country. One route traveled up what was to become Katering (now Catering) Road in Wolcott Connecticut. Katering trail met up with what was to become Center Street where a Tavern/ Stage Stop stood (and the building still stands though now as a private residence).
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  • SUICIDE AMONG LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS

    • Evelyn O. Pavlova
    Aug 20, 2014
    This week I would like to speak concretely about suicide rates in the U.S., particularly among LGBTQ individuals. I'm not a numbers person, but sometimes it helps me to see numbers in order to more comprehensively grasp an issue at hand. Here are the numbers for suicide that I collected from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Trevor Project, and American Association of Suicidology; the latest data is available for the year 2011):
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  • It’s not about being the best, it’s doing your best that really matters.

    • Doc Warren
    Aug 11, 2014
    I was talking with someone recently who talked about his unending desire to be the best at what he does, far better than anyone else in his field. He spoke of the power it would give him, of the fame, the riches and all the other accolades that come with it. He advised that “that is what got us where we are today…” I simply replied “that’s the problem.”
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