Archive for March, 2006

Forgiveness – Emotional Pro

March 29th, 2006

Today is an auspicious day, marked especially by a solar eclipse. I was listening to a tape distributed by my friend, Jon Fox, in which it was emphasized that this is a time for us to move ourselves toward forgiveness–all of us. Now, forgiveness was a very difficult thing for me for many years. Like […]

What Do People Talk About? – Emotional Pro

March 26th, 2006

This week, I’ve had some deep conversations with people, outside of my therapy office. My friend, Deki, and I talked about ideas for “Born to Learn.” She’s helping me to formulate part of the material. I always count on her to “explore” with me. She is one of the most supportive people I know. Ask […]

Experts Who Write – Emotional Pro

March 20th, 2006

My friend and “Rejection Expert” Dr. Elayne Savage has positioned herself as an “expert.” I noticed she was consulted by a reporter to offer an opinion about road rage that was published this past weekend. There is a certain antipathy I have to positioning myself as an “expert,” perhaps because of what another friend, Kay […]

Laughter – Emotional Pro

March 18th, 2006

My friend, Allen Klein, has made his living for several years teaching people about laughter! He appeared on my radio program more than a year ago to talk about his book, “The Healing Power of Laughter.” I was most grateful to have scheduled him, because I had traveled to Germany not long before his appearance, […]

In Remembrance of Keriac – Emotional Pro

March 17th, 2006

“Keriac” was a name that came to my sister in a dream. In the dream, someone asked her for her name, and she responded clearly, “My name is Keriac.” When she awoke, she decided to replace “Frances” that had been her name for 35 years, with Keriac. She loved the name so much she used […]

How Rewarding is Your Job? – Emotional Pro

March 17th, 2006

I’ve felt tired this morning. For the past two evenings, I have worked late and not returned home until 10:30 at night. Considering I am an early riser (6 a.m.), this made for long days. Yet, in my tiredness this morning, I am most aware that it is a happy tiredness. I LOVE my work! […]

What Role the Past? – Emotional Pro

March 16th, 2006

I remember my father preaching to me, “People are creatures of habit.” He was pushing me to change some of mine; and because of the way he pushed I clung to them like a person on driftwood, stranded in the ocean. Since I have been focusing on writing “Born to Learn,” I have really been […]

The Excitement of Creation – Emotional Pro

March 14th, 2006

I’ve been writing for a few weeks, now. I started with an outline, which I then turned into a series of questions. Finally, I attached key words and concepts to each question and inserted story ideas for illustration. Each day, I aimed to write 10 pages. Some days I have written 20 or more. Today […]

Precious, Ephemeral Life – Emotional Pro

March 12th, 2006

Consuelo Garcia’s two children will never know their mother’s comforting arms again. Adele Guerrero’s husband has lost his life’s companion. Today’s headline is “Rare snow causes fatal crash.” The article states: “Snow, sleet and hail made a rare appearance in the Bay Area this weekend, closing roads and causing a 28-car pileup that killed two […]

Aikido Saves the Day by Ilene L. Dillon, M.S.W. – Emotional Pro

March 11th, 2006

During the hectic days of 1971 that followed my separation from my husband, re-enrollment in the graduate social work program and the beginning of my single-parenting years with a one-year old, I studied Aikido with Robert Nadeau at the Unitarian Church in San Francisco. This one-year study helped me to stay centered, exercise my body, […]