What if you introduced yourself as a Cynicism Eradicator?

Earlier this month, I wrote this quote, Be a Cynicism Eradicator, on the Quotable Quotes board at the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) conference here in Denver.  I first heard it an IAP2 conference several years ago in Madison for which I was...

“Yes we can” means … yes, we can

Years ago, the church I attend required a large capital investment to make space for growth. The theme of the campaign – around the time of Barak Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign – was “yes we can!” A particularly intrepid member of the congregation dressed up in a...

Words Create Worlds: One Woman’s Reflections

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” ― George Orwell, 1984 Two days ago, I read a Facebook post about a series of misogynist comments made by several American elected officials on the heels of last week’s post-inauguration Women’s...

Post-election ponderings

Do not mistake my optimism and positive approach as a dismissal of the gravity of what we are experiencing as a nation.  Rather, it is currently the place I am on my path through grief.  We all will have different paths in that process.  As a clinician, I have seen...

#PositiveChange at School

My daughter is a worry-wart.  I don’t feel guilty saying it: she would say the same herself.  But optimism is not an inherent part of her nature. Last semester (her second-to-last in college) she was having a bit of a hard time: feeling kind of blue … low motivation …...