Active Listening

Join this one-session engaging and interactive webinar on Active Listening! Active listening is essential in both community life and our …

EManifold Community

After months of behind-the-scenes work, I’ve opened the EManifold Community, a place for learning and connection. My hope is that …

Empathy Connection

Want to practice empathy? Have an opportunity to give and receive empathy? Create some connection with others, while building your …

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Islands in a Troubled Sea

Humanist and progressive religious communities may have conscious or unconscious visions behind why they exist.  Each individual coming to such …

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Setting Effective Goals

Does your community have a lot of plans but ends up not accomplishing much of them? This article describes two effective, yet not complicated, methods for setting goals. Each has strengths. You’ve heard of SMART goals but have you heard of FAST goals?

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Embodied Living

I found this very new book I can recommend. Practices for Embodied Living: Experiencing the Wisdom of Your Body, by Hillary L. McBride.

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Laozi Quotations

I’ve found the (translated) works of the Chinese sage Laozi to be inspiring. He is usually said to have been the contemporary of Confucius and a founder of Daoism. (Laozi is sometimes called Lao Tzu and Daoism called Taoism.) So I created a collection of some of my favorites quotations.

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My Jane Fonda Saga

The story of the targeted harassment campaign against me. For what? Writing a book authored by Barbara Walters?!?!

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Fear and Guilt Quotes

These are not fun emotions to have, but sometimes we do, and these quotations may help in pondering where you are and how to get beyond that.