To say what a thing is “about”—a daunting task! I began this project with the vision of a dialogue between educators and helping professionals, regarding the many creative ways to engage with, and support the healthy development of, children and adolescents. That continues to be important to me.

Also important, however, is the time I’ve spent exploring mindfulness with inmates at the county jail. And as a graduate student of social work, I had the privilege of conducting quality-of-life interviews with senior citizens for an NIH grant study. Life’s been rich with opportunities to grow.

Reflective by nature and a longtime lover of words, I write to process and share the sorts of experiences that fill me—with hope, with inspiration, and especially with respect for those I encounter who are, themselves, actively in the process of becoming. As Roethke wrote in his most famous poem, “I learn by going where I have to go.” Learning is the “about.” Writing is the conduit.

Thank you, then, for reading.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Greetings,
    I saw your notice on an Oberlin site. I am deeply involved in the creation of music to support mindfulness and meditative brain states. Please check : http://www.mettamindfulnessmusic.com/
    The music can be found in it’s entirety on you tube< here's a link to one piece:

    I look forward to hearing back from you and especially after you experience the music.
    Rick Gold '72


    • Hi, Rick. Thank you for being in touch. It is especially helpful to have such resources freely available online, for those who wouldn’t be able to access them otherwise. My own practice (quite modest and workaday in scale) is to meditate with only the unplanned sounds of the world around me, but I’ll try sitting with music sometime and can get back to you then.

      Meditation is only a piece of what I hope to explore on this site, but it’s certainly been important in my life, and I recommend it as a particularly effective route to mindfulness for adults. The natural openness of children to new, creative, and empowering activities means that the paths to mindfulness are many and can be designed to engage their energy and enthusiasm as well as to foster a sense of stillness.


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