Category: Blog Posts

August 2017 We were recently asked to do a presentation on “Digital Detox”.  When we researched this phenomenon, we found that there was a tacit presumption that frequent exposure to digital devices interferes with our ability to connect with others …

Deconstructing Digital Detox Read More »

July 2017 We, Gioia and Rebecca, have recently written a textbook on the way we combine art therapy and positive psychology.  Thankfully, it’s in the last stages of publication and all we have to do is go over the final …

Tortured and Joyous Read More »

June 2017 Earlier this month, Rebecca’s mother, Lee, visited Miraval, the Arizona resort where Rebecca is an art therapy specialist and wellness counselor.  After a day of rest, Lee decided to “stretch” herself by trying out some activities that were …

What Happens When You Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone? Read More »

May 2017 Rebecca’s Aunt Joan–whose blog Joan’s Stones was the topic of our newsletter in March as well as many other newsletters on creativity and aging gracefully–passed away last month.  Although it may sound odd, she died what we would …

A Good Life and a Good Death Read More »

March 2017 Rebecca’s 95 year-old aunt Joan’s tenacious creativity has inspired yet another newsletter.  A couple of years ago, we wrote about her blog,Joan’s Stones, which she started at the age of 90 to keep her creativity alive when she …

Tenacious Creativity and Connection Read More »

February 2017 When you’re single everybody and their mother tells you how to find a mate.  They’ll tell you what you should do: follow your interests and you’ll meet people with similar interests, do something different so you’ll broaden your …

How To Find Love and Other Fallacies Read More »

January 2017 Instead of making resolutions at the end of the year, we decided to do a review of what we had accomplished in 2016.  When we “interviewed” our family members (they are always the guinea pigs for the exercises …

What Did You Do? Year in Review Read More »

December 2016 We wish all of you–our family, friends, colleagues, clients, and collaborators–a peaceful transition into the new year.  For those of you who like to color, we send you a little present, a download of one of the “Miraval Mandalas” Rebecca …

A Gift for You: Coloring Download from Miraval Mandalas Read More »

November 2016 During this time of year many of us are moved to find ways to give back to our communities but, apart from donating food, money or time if we have them to give, we’re not sure how else …

Impact Art Read More »

October 2016 An old friend of Rebecca’s, David Moyer, who has been an artist for over 50 years, has just now decided he’s going to teach himself how to draw.  Even though he went to Pratt Institute (one of the …

Try and try Again: The worst it can do is suck Read More »