Standing Together

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I’d like to share a powerful story of those who stood for equality that I just was made aware of. I loved this story for a few reasons. First of all, it took place in Mexico City, Mexico, a place that is…

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The Wolf Within

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I’ve heard a story a few times now that has been attributed to several sources, from Billy Graham to Native American Folklore. While I don’t know the origin of the story, I really love the message. A version of the story is here: An old man speaks with his grandson….

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A Good Day

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So I teach at risk girls math at a residential treatment center. Tonight was parent conference night. Six hours of talking to parents. The parents of girls who had made bad choices, wreaked havoc in the home, betrayed trust, put themselves and perhaps their families at risk……..and made their parents…

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The Power of Love

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This past week, I thought a lot about love. When I made the decision to go into teaching about 5 years ago, I never could have imagined where that choice would lead me. An all-girls boarding school was certainly not on my radar. Erda, I had never heard of. I…

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Quilted Love

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A few weeks ago I found a treasure I thought I lost. I was going through some old boxes that my mother found in her storage closet. I asked her to store these a long time ago and completely forgot about them. She found them behind a cluttered mess in…

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Therapeutic Diversity and Equine Therapy

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I believe the girls we work with at Alpine are diverse, unique individuals. Although certain diagnostic labels may apply, this often doesn’t do justice to their complicated struggles. In treating them as individuals, I also feel there is seldom a “one size fits all” therapeutic approach. Plus, we know teenagers…

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Finding space for your spirit

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Sometimes it happens in bits and pieces. Other times all at once.  A feeling of contentment that takes you by surprise.  The realization that this place, this space, is where you feel like you breathe the easiest.  Where you are most mindful of your own presence.  Where you are your…

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