Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh outlines the three steps to peace as: • First, listen to the sufferings of all sides; • Second, relate the sufferings of all sides to one another; and • Third, bring all sides together so that they may hear one another.
I was taken back this morning, my favorite blogger posted a shocking photo of a bruise and disclosed domestic violence. I was shocked on so many levels. The photo she picked to go with her blog post, the fact a successful career woman would be doubting herself and staying in a violent relationship. The link […]
A New Year – a time where we update our referral forms, prepare new schedules, touch up evaluation forms, start a new budget. For the last two years St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice has been down sizing in space and staff while sessions have been added. What we earn in fees barely covers the expense […]
Email subject line: I really need some help Email: I attended a class at the Restorative justice center about 4 years ago for underage drinking. I am 23 years old now and have been trying to enlist in the military but my non-wise adolescent decisions are holding me back. I have jumped through many hoops to […]
A good night’s rest really helps me out. I’ve got one of those monkey minds. A “monkey mind” is a Buddist term, rather than staying in the present moment, my thoughts leap from one to another as a monkey leaps from tree to tree. When I first wake up, I get a moment before the monkey jumping […]
I appreciate Sharon Bowman, she has a resource-filled website, great articles and books. If you follow her on LinkedIn, great powerpoints shared. Friend and mentor, pictured here, helped me learn how to work and train teachers. In turn I teach all I can about Circles to her. She recommended Sharon’s book, the 10 minute […]
Four generations of women in one small hospital room. I took a mental picture, and appreciated the beauty and gift; the four of us in this moment. We had even mentioned it to the nurse. As soon as the nurse left, the humor, so prevalent in our family set it. My daughter was warned by her grandmother, “don’t make […]
This blog title includes the words “measures”, “practices” and “justice” in parenthesis – because Restorative Circles, are a similar but different approach to the Restorative Justice Circles I am blogging about. Restorative Justice started in criminal justice and moved to be an effective school intervention, thus the words “measures” & “practices”. I agree and work […]