You plant a seed, you tend to the seedling, you nuture the plant, you get the fruit.

Wow, am I ever engergized by the simplist of things!  The places that make me feel like I belong, and I am part of a community. I logged on to Circlespace blog, and found YEAH after months I FINALLY have a new “busiest day”.  A busiest day is a record that the good folks here…

Helping victims, done well, is not easy. It requires your best. (part 1)

I felt a strong connection as we talked.  The information I was sharing seemed to land well.  The victim shared openly, and I knew we had built trust.  The flow was good, I appreciate a person who when we talk there is a good balance of each voice in the meeting. Part of what I…

Assigning blame and assigning innocence, labeling people not the behaviors, prevents both sides from learning.

After 29 years as a law enforcement officer, my friend said he saw 1 out of 1,000 assualts that were only caused by one person. He was explaining that as a society, we assign blame, and we assign innocence.  I see this, as victim and offender are labeled.  We assign particular services, particular responses based…

Turns out, I named my daughter after a consequential stranger!

I posted about Consequential Strangers, after hearing a story on NPR.  The book is great, and the concept has been very applicable to Restorative Justice.  Explaining the social convoy, and concept really draws out awesome stories.  I also made my list of 100 important people, you might want to consider giving that a try.  The…