Our friend Ron Jones, an improv comedian, was part of a traveling show called The Black Jew Dialogues with fellow actor, Larry Tish, for many years.  Ron is the “Black” part of the troupe and Larry the “Jew”.  The show is a series of hilariously provocative skits about the dynamics of race and what they call “a comedic romp through 2 cultures” …

06/20 I Am Racist But Aren’t We All Click to Read Post »

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Gioia here. Some of you might remember that I’m a big fan of creative journaling. So this month I’ve really enjoyed being a part of our New Zealand colleague Janet McLeod’s Create Wellbeing 30 Day Challenge, and have been trying to journal every day in October. I definitely did not make it all 30 days, but I did have some …

10/19 Creative journaling for Wellbeing Click to Read Post »

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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 describe as a “good death”. The last days of Joan’s 95 years were spent overlooking the San Francisco Bay.  She …

05/17 A Good Life and a Good Death Click to Read Post »

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When Rebecca and I work with caregivers and therapists, we often find that when they bring up meaning in life as an aspect of happiness that their eyes really light up. Just last month, as we spoke to the staff of Maryland’s Child Advocacy Center, we knew we were seeing deeply committed people whose character strengths included kindness, compassion and …

07/15 Crafting a Life Full of Meaning Click to Read Post »

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This time of year always calls for lists, all kinds of lists—“Best of..”, “Worst of …”, “Things for which you’re grateful”, “What you accomplished in 2014”, “Resolutions for the upcoming year”, etc…. We’ve been thinking about lists here at CWW partly because we’re preparing for a couple of “Vision Journaling” workshops and making lists is always a great prompt for …

01/15 Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Rulin’s Click to Read Post »

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