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Monday, November 29, 2010

WORD COLLECTOR


I'm two days away from a month of word collecting.

Yep.

I'm collecting words reflecting celebration and gratitude to include in my next book. The working title is CELEBRATIONS: Discoverying the YAY in EverYdAY.

What are the things in your ordinary "everyday" that make you give a little yelp of YAY? Will you share those words with me? Will you be a word collector, too? I'd love some company on my month long journey of word collecting.

Apparently unable to wait for December, my word today was HEART. As Jonathan and I discuss in our book SIMPLY AN INSPIRED LIFE, we often see what we EXPECT to see. Look what I noticed on the way to my studio....

Friday, November 26, 2010

Three days left for early registration benefits...

HONEY IN THE HEART

Mary Anne Radmacher invites you to begin 2011 with a sweet Focus Phrase™ writing process* HONEY IN THE HEART .

Beginning January 3 mary anne will guide you through a gentle, but dramatically impacting process. The overall theme is a native Guatemalan farewell blessing, “Long life, honey in the heart, no evil, thirteen thanks you’s.” Translated in to practical terms it emphasizes: health, promises to yourself, service with compassion and gratitude.

The HONEY IN THE HEART Focus Phrase is 20 days (weekends “off”) of on– line guided and partnered writing, personal, written exchanges with mary anne and your special participant’s gift package*: $229.00 Early registration thanks-giving price! $198.00 Register before November 29 (Thanksgiving week end) for the reduced rate. Early registrants will receive their registration package the week after Thanksgiving. Regular registration packages will be mailed December 27.

This is a great way to begin 2011. The registration gift* will include a personalized copy of mary anne’s newest book, LIVE WITH INTENTION, support cards for the process, local Whidbey Island honey and a favorite pen of mary anne’s. And at least one surprise. Perhaps two. (“you can never tell with bees.” A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh). Early registrants can anticipate many surprises.

If you are new to this guided experience, you can write and ask for more details. If you are a returning participant, reserve your space early…you know how powerful this process can be! Focus Phrase has created marked change in the lives of many of its participants – will you let it work for you in 2011?

Read more about Focus Phrase™ at maryanneradmacher.net and learn about the other Phraseologists guiding the Focus Phrase™ process. There’s bound to be a good fit for you.

Contact mary anne to register at: maryanneradmacher7@gmail.com

* HOW does the Focus Phrase™ writing process work?

Mary Anne submits a phrase to you, via email, late in the afternoon and

asks you to let it be one of the last things you think about

before you commit to sleep.

First thing in the morning you renew your memory of the phrase. Write it down in your own hand or on your keyboard.

Make it is easy for it to travel with you throughout the day.

Consider the phrase a pair of glasses through which you look when considering the events, experiences and feelings of your day. Look THROUGH the phrase and allow the words to become transparent perspective through which you view your day.

The process itself heightens your observation and deepens your perspective. You finish the day by summarizing your experience in three short paragraphs and sending them to mary anne, via email.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A "By Invitation Only" Party

POETRY - By Invitation Only.

I am reminded of how much I love writing poetry. I observe on this slow-er than usual day, of how little road I give up to the passage of poetry. I really do have to move over (stand aside a little) to allow poetry the room to move forward and be written.

In all its incarnations, may poetry find its way into your thanks-full day.

I am grateful for you. This African Proverb winds its way around the world thanks,
in large part, to the folks at Quotable Cards...

I AM BECAUSE OF YOU.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The January Focus Phrase Process - Advance Reg benefits

HONEY IN THE HEART

Mary Anne Radmacher invites you to begin 2011 with a sweet Focus Phrase™ writing process* HONEY IN THE HEART .

Beginning January 3 mary anne will guide you through a gentle, but dramatically impacting process. The overall theme is a native Guatemalan farewell blessing, “Long life, honey in the heart, no evil, thirteen thanks you’s.” Translated in to practical terms it emphasizes: health, promises to yourself, service with compassion and gratitude.

The HONEY IN THE HEART Focus Phrase is 20 days (weekends “off”) of on– line guided and partnered writing, personal, written exchanges with mary anne and your special participant’s gift package*: $229.00 Early registration thanks-giving price! $198.00 Register before November 29 (Thanksgiving week end) for the reduced rate. Early registrants will receive their registration package the week after Thanksgiving. Regular registration packages will be mailed December 27.

This is a great way to begin 2011. The registration gift* will include a personalized copy of mary anne’s newest book, LIVE WITH INTENTION, support cards for the process, local Whidbey Island honey and a favorite pen of mary anne’s. And at least one surprise. Perhaps two. (“you can never tell with bees.” A.A.Milne and Winnie-the-Pooh). Early registrants can anticipate many surprises.

If you are new to this guided experience, you can write and ask for more details. If you are a returning participant, reserve your space early…you know how powerful this process can be! Focus Phrase has created marked change in the lives of many of its participants – will you let it work for you in 2011?

Read more about Focus Phrase™ at maryanneradmacher.net and learn about the other Phraseologists guiding the Focus Phrase™ process. There’s bound to be a good fit for you.

Contact mary anne to register at: maryanneradmacher7@gmail.com

* HOW does the Focus Phrase™ writing process work?

Mary Anne submits a phrase to you, via email, late in the afternoon and

asks you to let it be one of the last things you think about

before you commit to sleep.

First thing in the morning you renew your memory of the phrase. Write it down in your own hand or on your keyboard.

Make it is easy for it to travel with you throughout the day.

Consider the phrase a pair of glasses through which you look when considering the events, experiences and feelings of your day. Look THROUGH the phrase and allow the words to become transparent perspective through which you view your day.

The process itself heightens your observation and deepens your perspective. You finish the day by summarizing your experience in three short paragraphs and sending them to mary anne, via email.

Friday, November 12, 2010

I SEE You...

I remember from an entry level psychology class, decades ago, that one of the essential elements of helping build young people’s self-esteem is allowing them to feel and be SEEN. “I see you,” and “I hear you,” are important validations to offer a growing child to support and validate their person.

It’s interesting that this is particularly effective as a method in dealing with bullies. Recently at a public forum in my community an individual suggested a process for appropriate response to bullying called “Ring the Bell.” It means create a natural and safe distraction that allows for one or more OTHER people to communicate to the bully, “I see you.” You are visible. What you are doing right now is being observed by more than just the one being bullied.

It breaks the momentum. It creates a natural, non confrontation distraction. In this way the pace is stopped, the bully has moments to evaluate the consequence of being seen and the observer provides a safe mechanism to intervene. One of the difficulty with a person who bullies is that when faced with confrontation or embarrassment, they can escalate the harm they bring. With “ring the bell,” the intervention, while immediately effective, seems almost accidental. And there’s no blame or justice being levied...just an escape route. And at certain moments: that is the most essential element. I wish oh I wish that somebody had been able to “ring the bell” for Bobby Tillman.

STAND - Start Today A New Direction. Bullying must stop being considered “an acceptable” part of growing up. It is NOT acceptable.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

tolerance.org


My friend, mollyshannon, a teacher, suggested this awesome resource. Tolerance.org
I continue in my S.T.A.N.D. experience (Start Today A New Direction). I am learning so much.

I've created a gift I want to share with you. It's my screen saver right now. You are welcome to download it and use it for any non-commercial, not-for-profit application as a gift from me.

I'm increasingly convinced that the opposite of love is not hate, but rather...indifference.