Dr. Jane Bluestein
Gratitude: More than Just an Attitude
In the United States, the end of November brings a Thanksgiving celebration— one of my favorite holidays. The introduction to this post will remain on my home page through much of the holiday season, although any time is a great time to sit back and take stock of the good in our lives.
As another Thanksgiving approaches, I am working on to convert the hard copy of our book, Magic, Miracles and Synchronicity: A Journal of Gratitude and Awareness, to an eBook and PDF version. Yes, it would have been nice to have had the new versions available in time for the 2013 holidays, but you know how life goes sometimes. And sometimes, even the delays are, well… just perfect in the grand scheme of things.
Going back over all the quotes, stories, exercises, and chapter introductions— which we first wrote fifteen years ago— has provided a wonderful, grounding, and much-needed reminder of exactly the kind of things I needed to hear right now.
So I’m going to share a few of the thoughts and activities from this book— just in time to add to your own personal practice or family holiday traditions, or perhaps as a way to start the new year. (Read more…)
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I’ve had a continually growing Web site since 1997. This is the 4th version of the site, launched at the beginning of December 2012 with a new look and a lot of new features. I have since added a good bit of content as well— material that was on the old site as well as some brand new stuff. Although the appearance and structure of the site has changed over the years, my intentions have not. The point of my work has always been to inspire positive and practical ways to connect with one another in caring, emotionally safe environments. With an emphasis on adult-child relationships, nearly all of the material on culture and community, learning, teaching and parenting, motivation and behavior, and self-care can be applied to adult relationships as well. (Read more…)
• We now have 23 free podcasts on various topics relevant to educators and parents and have three more in the can, which I hope to post in the next few weeks. Click here for the full listing by topic of the podcasts on the site so far. Be sure to click on the Program Notes above the photo. They’ve all been updated with new graphics and new links. (Note: We’ve had some reports of the podcasts not playing on Firefox on some Macs. You can still download the files to your hard drive and listen from there.)
• Click here for information “The ‘Core’ of the Matter: Creating a Community for Making Common Core State Standards Work,” this month’s featured presentation.
• Click here for free downloads of our “Pads” on the Back™ Templates with 8 different ways to acknowledge the people you value and appreciate in your life. We now have 43 templates available in 41 different languages!
• New book excerpt featured this month: “Why Teacher Quit,” a 6-part excerpt from Becoming a Win-Win Teacher: A Guide for First-Year Teachers, chapter three, “Climate Advisory: Entering Win-Lose Territory.” Click here to start.
Or just click on one of the links in the navigation bar and find an article, handout, blog, podcast, presentation, or product you can use. There is plenty more to come in the coming weeks, as I look forward to continuing to convert pages from the old site and add new content here as well.
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