It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

In honor of the 74th anniversary of the American bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, here’s a podcast about what happened and how the people in Hiroshima are living with the aftermath of this cataclysmic event. From the podcast introduction, “The word “Hiroshima” may bring to mind a black-and-white image of a mushroom cloud. It’s easy to forget that it’s an actual city with a million people and a popular baseball team. How did the cataclysm of 1945 reverberate in the place where it happened?

Reading:

Viola Spolin was the master of theater games and bringing people into the present moment. To quote her,

Do not think of present time as clock time but rather as a timeless moment, when all are mutually engaged in experiencing and experience, the outcome of which is as yet unknown. You’re right there; you’re connected and you don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s where the spontaneity is, and that’s where the joy is, and that’s where the happiness is, and that’s the everlasting, the never-ending spiral.

This book is chock full of exercises to do on your own that will allow you to experience for yourself this magic that is always available yet often thought to be so far away.

Watching:

Ursula LeGuin practiced wizardry with her words. Whether she wrote speculative fiction, non-fiction articles, or novels she consistently challenged readers to imagine alternative worlds and ideas. Gender and sexuality were important themes in her work. She wrote about characters naturally shifting their genders and sexuality long before gender and sexuality were topics for our current culture wars. Feminism, moral development and healthy cultures were also themes that she approached through her writing. A prominent thinker and intellectual, she made her thoughts accessible to the masses through her creative use of fiction and genre bending styles. This episode of the PBS series, American Masters shines a light on the arc of her entire creative life. The link will work until 8/30/19. I assume after that you’ll have to pay to view it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy