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Every 2nd Sunday of the month, MIA has a family day with various activities for the kids.  Every month they have a different theme.  I took kids to the three previous days and can't wait to go there in September.  What a wonderful place to spend time with kids, find interesting art pieces, make art and hangout together.

In August, the theme of the day was insects and outdoors.  Kids made bugs out of clay, they made origami bug with real neon light and we were doing a scavenger hunt all over the museum.  After finding all paintings, kids got plastic toy bugs of their choice.
One of the pictures that we had to find was this one:

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End of 2011!  What a year?!

So much happened, life was boiling and at times I couldn’t catch up and needed a tune up.  There were few weddings and a lot of funerals; financial and relationship ups and downs in my family; wonderful friends;teaching ballet; acting in a play; amazing vacations, with family to CA and Mexico and my amazing trip to Israel; year of learning Torah with Rabbi Goldberger; year of learning Hebrew; year of learning to draw!!! 

Kids are growing and bring so much joy into our lives!  I am so lucky to have such wonderful family!!! 

I am truly blessed, I have everything!!!

I am so thankful to my parents, my husband, his parents for care and support!!!

Let the 2012 be as rich as 2011 but without the funerals and with good health for everyone!

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End of 2011!  What a year?!

So much happened, life was boiling and at times I couldn’t catch up and needed a tune up.  There were few weddings and a lot of funerals; financial and relationship ups and downs in my family; wonderful friends;teaching ballet; acting in a play; amazing vacations, with family to CA and Mexico and my amazing trip to Israel; year of learning Torah with Rabbi Goldberger; year of learning Hebrew; year of learning to draw!!! 

Kids are growing and bring so much joy into our lives!  I am so lucky to have such wonderful family!!! 

I am truly blessed, I have everything!!!

I am so thankful to my parents, my husband, his parents for care and support!!!

Let the 2012 be as rich as 2011 but without the funerals and with good health for everyone!

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Over the weekend, Michelle was sick and I stayed home with her.  She was throwing up and had high fever.  It lasted about 2 days.  Last night I started feeling miserably and sick to my stomach.  I think I picked up her virus.  I hope it is not going to spread further.

So, today out of my plan I spent day at home trying to rest and let my body get back to normal.  I got to watch last episode of 1st season Dexter and movie In Time.  Dexter is an interesting show but very sick!  I should not have watched it because I couldn't sleep after watching it.  A killer becomes a hero! There is something disturbing in that...don't you think?

In Time is very existential movie.  A lot to think about.  It was funny, that last night at work I had some time to waste and in the movie, people lived hour by hour, day by day and had to pay with "time" for goods, bills and services.  Once the time was up, people died.   
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Over the weekend, Michelle was sick and I stayed home with her.  She was throwing up and had high fever.  It lasted about 2 days.  Last night I started feeling miserably and sick to my stomach.  I think I picked up her virus.  I hope it is not going to spread further.

So, today out of my plan I spent day at home trying to rest and let my body get back to normal.  I got to watch last episode of Dexter and move In Time.  Dexter is an interesting show but very sick!  I should not have watched it because I couldn't sleep after watching it.  A killer becomes a hero! There is something disturbing in that...don't you think?

In Time is very existential movie.  A lot to think about.  It was funny, that last night at work I had some time to waste and in the movie, people lived hour by hour, day by day and had to pay with "time" for goods, bills and services.  Once the time was up, people died.   
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Подруга прислала и мне очень понравилось:

Дорогое Мироздание!
Пишет тебе Маша Ц. из г. Москва.
Я очень-очень хочу быть счастливой!
Дай
мне, пожалуйста, мужа любимого и любящего, и ребенка от него, мальчика,
а я, так уж и быть, тогда не перейду на новую работу, где больше платят
и удобнее ездить.
с ув., Маша.

Дорогая Маша!
Честно
говоря, я почесало в затылке, когда увидело строчки про работу. Даже не

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Подруга прислала и мне очень понравилось:

Дорогое Мироздание!
Пишет тебе Маша Ц. из г. Москва.
Я очень-очень хочу быть счастливой!
Дай
мне, пожалуйста, мужа любимого и любящего, и ребенка от него, мальчика,
а я, так уж и быть, тогда не перейду на новую работу, где больше платят
и удобнее ездить.
с ув., Маша.

Дорогая Маша!
Честно
говоря, я почесало в затылке, когда увидело строчки про работу. Даже не

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Just came back today from a conference of Mid American Association of Educational Opportunity Professionals and Personnel in Indiana.  It was an overwhelming experience with very little time to ourselves. My presentation was Motivating clients/students pursue higher education and other life goals using existential approach. The title of this session was "To be a tree or not to be?"  

It was again scheduled for the last day and the last time.  All of the time I was worried about this presentation and was constantly rehearsing it when I had time in my hotel room.  My biggest fear was that I wouldn't be able to articulate in words what I want to say.  Sometimes words just leave my mind or I would have a word but only in Russian.  I had to call Boris a few times asking him how to say something in English.  

I was well prepared and I was calm during my presentation.  I made audience participate and we had a great conversation.  I presented together with my co-worker.  We both are chicken to present individually, so we teamed up.  We took turns to present our stuff.  I was covering the philosophy and how I apply it in the everyday life and she was presenting coaching techniques that would help clients/students make important steps towards their goals and see that they are not powerless and not victims of their lives.  It worked out well.  We got good reviews.  Some people at the conference remembered me from my first presentation in Wisconsin in the Spring.

I spent a lot of time with my co-worker that I presented with and really enjoyed her company. 
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Just came back today from a conference of Mid American Association of Educational Opportunity Professionals and Personnel in Indiana.  It was an overwhelming experience with very little time to ourselves. My presentation was Motivating clients/students pursue higher education and other life goals using existential approach. The title of this session was "To be a tree or not to be?"  

It was again scheduled for the last day and the last time.  All of the time I was worried about this presentation and was constantly rehearsing it when I had time in my hotel room.  My biggest fear was that I wouldn't be able to articulate in words what I want to say.  Sometimes words just leave my mind or I would have a word but only in Russian.  I had to call Boris a few times asking him how to say something in English.  

I was well prepared and I was calm during my presentation.  I made audience participate and we had a great conversation.  I presented together with my co-worker.  We both are chicken to present individually, so we teamed up.  We took turns to present our stuff.  I was covering the philosophy and how I apply it in the everyday life and she was presenting coaching techniques that would help clients/students make important steps towards their goals and see that they are not powerless and not victims of their lives.  It worked out well.  We got good reviews.  Some people at the conference remembered me from my first presentation in Wisconsin in the Spring.

I spent a lot of time with my co-worker that I presented with and really enjoyed her company. 

Choices

Aug. 21st, 2010 09:11 pm
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Something to think about.  Choices in USA have gone too far and in wrong direction.  I will write later about what I mean.

Choices

Aug. 21st, 2010 09:11 pm
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Something to think about.  Choices in USA have gone too far and in wrong direction.  I will write later about what I mean.
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Since I absolutely can not draw, I put together several clips to create this cartoon.  I created it a few weeks ago as part of my preparation for my presentation and put it on my wall in the office.  I already had clients who noticed it and made some interesting comments.


Update3/30/10:  since I posted this cartoon, I had more people commenting on it and even asking me to give them a copy.  I am wondering, should I get copyright for it?! :)
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Since I absolutely can not draw, I put together several clips to create this cartoon.  I created it a few weeks ago as part of my preparation for my presentation and put it on my wall in the office.  I already had clients who noticed it and made some interesting comments.


Update3/30/10:  since I posted this cartoon, I had more people commenting on it and even asking me to give them a copy.  I am wondering, should I get copyright for it?! :)
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Stop for a moment. 

Put your hand on your heart.  (I am not kidding.  Do it.  Now!)

Feel your heart beating.  Feel it pumping through your chest.  Duh-dum.  Duh-dum. Duh-dum.  About once every second, 60 times every minute, 360 times every hour it beats without your awareness.  Feel it beating right now, pumping away as if you don’t have a care in the world.

Your heart is a muscle, squeezing blood in and out, circulating it throughout your body and brain.  It is also a muscle that is wearing out.  Each of us is allocated only a certain number of heartbeats before the heart just stops beating altogether.

Now think about all the heartbeats that you waste every minute, every hour, every day.  Think about all theheartbeats you give away when you’re bored and wile away time as if you have all the heartbeats in the world.  But you don’t.  Maybe a hundred left.  Or a thousand.  Or even a million.  But the number left is finite.

So the question remains:  What do you intend to do with the precious few heartbeats you have left?

If you actually followed this process, if you really paid attention to its implications, your heart is probably beating a little quicker right now.  Thinking about death and our eventual demise is terrifying.  Yet according to the existentialist, it is actually death that saves us, that motivates us to live life more intensely and passionately.  If every heartbeat is a gift, if at any moment your heart could stop beating or a piano could fall on your head, what choices are you making to become more intensely involved in living and to accept responsibility for your decisions?

If that doesn’t get your attention, you weren’t listening.

From Kottler, J.A. & Brown, R.W. (2000) Introduction to Therapeutic Counseling: Voices from the field.  4th ed.  Wadsworth. (p.120).

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Stop for a moment. 

Put your hand on your heart.  (I am not kidding.  Do it.  Now!)

Feel your heart beating.  Feel it pumping through your chest.  Duh-dum.  Duh-dum. Duh-dum.  About once every second, 60 times every minute, 360 times every hour it beats without your awareness.  Feel it beating right now, pumping away as if you don’t have a care in the world.

Your heart is a muscle, squeezing blood in and out, circulating it throughout your body and brain.  It is also a muscle that is wearing out.  Each of us is allocated only a certain number of heartbeats before the heart just stops beating altogether.

Now think about all the heartbeats that you waste every minute, every hour, every day.  Think about all theheartbeats you give away when you’re bored and wile away time as if you have all the heartbeats in the world.  But you don’t.  Maybe a hundred left.  Or a thousand.  Or even a million.  But the number left is finite.

So the question remains:  What do you intend to do with the precious few heartbeats you have left?

If you actually followed this process, if you really paid attention to its implications, your heart is probably beating a little quicker right now.  Thinking about death and our eventual demise is terrifying.  Yet according to the existentialist, it is actually death that saves us, that motivates us to live life more intensely and passionately.  If every heartbeat is a gift, if at any moment your heart could stop beating or a piano could fall on your head, what choices are you making to become more intensely involved in living and to accept responsibility for your decisions?

If that doesn’t get your attention, you weren’t listening.

From Kottler, J.A. & Brown, R.W. (2000) Introduction to Therapeutic Counseling: Voices from the field.  4th ed.  Wadsworth. (p.120).

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I finished reading When Nietzsche Wept by Yalom in January and had no time to write about this book. 

 

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I finished reading When Nietzsche Wept by Yalom in January and had no time to write about this book. 

 

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Finally finished reading Momma and the Meaning of Life: Tales of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom.  This book was very similar in format as Love’s Executioner.  It included several stories about psychotherapist ala Irvin Yalom and his experience with his various clients.  I love that stuff!!! 

The stories were fiction with some parts of the truth in them. 

The first story was about relationship between Irving and his mother.  In this story, he is trying to understand what was wrong between them after she was gone.  The point of the story was as I understood that we tend to accuse others and do not take time to understand each other and see OUR role in the broken relationship. 

Throughout Irvin’s life, his relationship with his mother was rocky and they did not communicate a lot.  In fact he tried to avoid her because he felt she was too critical of him when he was younger.  Now, that she was gone, she kept coming in his dreams and he missed her.  He realized that he was taking mom for granted.  She loved him very much and was ready to do anything for her very smart educated son! 

She was afraid to talk to him too, because he was too smart and because he “knew everything” people were afraid of him she thought.

The paradox was that he wrote books about existential issues including meaning of life, freedom, isolation, choices, etc.  His mom could not read the books because she was illiterate, but she carried his books with her and showed it off proudly to people in her community.  Irvin hated that!

Only later he realized that for his mom, He, Irvin, was meaning of her life!  However, he wanted her to have her own personal meaning that would not involve him. 

This point was somewhat controversial when I read this book.  Individualistic vs Collectivistic view.  I understand that in both we are born alone and die alone but throughout our life we are aiming at developing relationships with others.  The more successful relationships we build the more satisfying and meaningful our lives are!

From our Torah study on Monday, the ideal union between people is when they become one whole rather than being separate business partners with individualistic and egoistic interests!  Yes, both are unique pieces that by connecting together become one clear picture.

Irvin’s mother thought that He and His success, his books were meaning of her life because she worked all her life to support her son and other people in the family.  She did not have time to get education and think about her own personal individual meaning that was separate from her relatives.  People she took care of -- were her life!!!

Ok, I will talk about other parts of the book later.  Each part had something that I made a note about.

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