Two experiences about my diversity, here’s what I learned . . .

I’ll start with the good, share my shortcoming and then offer what I learned. In a recent conversation I was asked where and how I developed my “diversity space”.  The words “diversity space” were not used, I filled in and named what the person was describing as ‘cultural competence’ (I don’t like that phrase very…

A lesson in slowing down my thoughts and a focus on the positive.

The last few months I have been forced to focus on stress reduction.  I had a bad case of hives from January until April.  Let me stay focused on this post by saying, the allergist said they weren’t hives.  So stress reduction efforts. On thing I have been doing is reading about meditation.  I wish I…

Random thoughts on a Saturday morning, caring and sharing.

I just started being a college professor, I feel like I just started.  I’m teaching one class a semester and I am teaching my third class.  Two sections on Intro to RJ and one section of Advanced.  It began with a request to teach, and teach using Circle process.  Honestly, my initial inner motivation was…

Blog changes – less is more!

I believe we  have learning curves, learning cliffs and learning stairs.  Life is the wonderful menagarie of all three.  Sometimes we are completely aware and other times life gives us random lessons. I did a google image search for stairs and found this interesting graphic to use.  Here is how I believe learning ‘stairs’ works.…

Values are crucial to Restorative Circle process.

In this photo I am placing the ‘values’ plates in the Center.  ‘Safe Teen Driving Circle’ we are usually held in classrooms.  Getting students in a Circle and the desks have little room for students to slip out and place their paperplates in the Center. You won’t find me doing a Restorative Justice Circle without…