Stranger kindess is so powerful, because you know it’s non-judgmental.

When I teach about restorative justice, I emphasize the importance of community members by using the kindness of strangers.  I explain that when someone we don’t know stops to help us, it has deeply positive impacts.  I explain this in a blog post.  A great relevant concept Consequential Strangers, more of my blogs on consequential strangers. Let…

When managing your Restorative Justice program, manage your continuum of referrals.

I was going to be a TV news reporter.  I have always had a fascination and interest in why people do what they do.  I’ve always wanted to solve problems and I use my practical experiences to do that.  After working as a in-home family therapist, a social worker and a human services supervisor, I…

Yoga teacher wisdom: the longer it takes to learn, the longer you’ll have it.

I am back to Bikram yoga, and its a tough type of yoga.  Somewhere in the intensity of getting thru the class physically, these emotional “ah-ha’s” occur.   When the yoga teacher was encouraging us to be patient in our learning of the poses, she told us this: The longer it takes to learn it, the…

#Restorative Justice addressing the social and emotional aspects of crime.

I watch for reactions in people.  I’ve been getting a few “ah-ha” looks when I explain that restorative justice addresses the social and emotional aspects of crime.  I use the image of a railroad track, that we can work along side the legal response.  I was talking with a victim advocate, and we compared telling…

Used as guidelines, relationships values promote Restorative Circle connections.

I started saving the paper plates in 2007.  Someday, I was going to summarize all the values, written on them.  I’ve been trying to let go of my plate stack for over a year and a half.  I even started a different stack for 2010.  At each Restorative Justice Circle, I ask people to think…