Writing restoratively, and changing the world.

I didn’t know how focusing on writing was going to change me.  It’s been a huge impact to try and develop writing skills.  It’s been a process of uncovering something that’s been there all along.  Kind of a paradox, something new and something old at the same time.  It’s reinforced and shaped who I am. …

Why read this blog, what’s in it for you?

Who I think could or should read this blog: Restorative Justice Practitioners Criminal Justice Professionals Non-profit leaders Teachers – using Classroom Circles Anyone interested in Restorative Justice (community or school-based) My Aunt Toni and Uncle Eddie Other bloggers Volunteers – Restorative Justice or otherwise Other single Moms, with teens Anyone interested in me, how I…

Helping with letters of apology, thoughts and tips.

When was the last time you opened a handwritten note?  Just a letter from someone.  A few years ago in a waiting area, I was paging thru a magazine, Goodhousekeeping or Woman’s Day.  I ran across an article on writing a letter of apology.  It struck me that we expect our young people to do…

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.…