My newest talking piece, a gift that shows some people really “get” Restorative Justice.

I got a new talking piece last night.  It came with a wonderful explanation. My newest talking piece As it was presented to me, the giver said:  “It has all kinds of colors, a variety, like people, so it shows everyone is included.  You can bring things back together with stitching.”  He ran his finger along the…

Lesson from a Restorative Justice Conference “Once you cut down a tree, you can’t put it back”

In typical Restorative Justice fashion, when Circle is going well stories emerge.  Stories that may previously only been events or experiences are tranformed into meaningful life lessons for everyone in the Circle. Yesterday we had a Grandparent in the Circle.  He spoke about raising children and having faith they would turn out ok.  Faith was…

On the Road Together: Safe Teen Driving Circles engaging law enforcement

Written for the upcoming book: On the Road Together: Safe Teen Driving Circles. At SCVRJP as part of a Driver Improvement Class, which is a diversion course for traffice violation, a Safe Teen Driving Circle is held and a River Falls Police Officer is part of the Circle process.  The only difference between this class…

The power of storytelling, using stories in community and in connecting.

Stories are the most basic tool for connecting us to one another.  Research shows that storytelling not only engages all the senses, it triggers activity on both the left and the right sides of the brain.  Because stories elicit whole brain/whole body responses, they are far move likely than other kinds of writing to evoke…