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Clear Boundaries. No...

Clear Boundaries. No Limits

Clear boundaries; no limits. This is a good mantra for teaching art to kids living in challenging circumstances. For kids living...

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Color Me Calm

Color Me Calm

Last week I sat in a meeting and listened to a group of adults talk about how much they hate the holidays. It made me a little...

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Fight Poverty

Fight Poverty

The Community Action Poverty Simulation Kit from Missouri Association for Community Action provides a glimpse into the challenges...

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Strengthen Relationships

Strengthen Relationships

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Whether online, at work or at home, I measure the quality of my life by the health of my relationships. How am I feeling about the people and organizations I connect with? What am I […]

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Meet Cyndy

Meet Cyndy

Posted on Sunday, November 8th, 2015

One of my dearest friends Cyndy Erickson is starting her own consulting practice–CE Consulting. She’s collaborating with us on some projects, and co-presenting tomorrow at the Iowa Non-Profit Summit. The topic is “Strengthening Relationships to […]

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Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015

Have you ever seen a hydrophone? Neither had I until I visited the Scripps Research Institute to learn about ocean studies. That’s the thing I’m holding in the picture at the top of this post. […]

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Clear Boundaries. No Limits

Clear Boundaries. No Limits

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Clear boundaries; no limits. This is a good mantra for teaching art to kids living in challenging circumstances. For kids living in shelters, subsidized housing, group homes or foster care the Des Moines Art Center […]

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Keep Fighting Poverty

Keep Fighting Poverty

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

As I reenter the US after two weeks in India, one of the first things to strike me is the comfort, the plenty. The homogeneity of the people I see. Well dressed and fed. Driving […]

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Color Me Calm

Color Me Calm

Posted on Friday, November 28th, 2014

Last week I sat in a meeting and listened to a group of adults talk about how much they hate the holidays. It made me a little angry. I believe we have choices about how […]

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Tell Me Something Good

Tell Me Something Good

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I’ve worked with Des Moines kids since 1980. Sometimes it’s hard to be optimistic when the challenges seem to multiply each year. But this article and the statistics it uses to illustrate its points provides […]

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Make Space

Make Space

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

While I was in Akumal I dreamed I gave birth. Don’t worry; someone whisked the baby off before I could do any damage. But dreams of giving birth are really about transformation and creation.
Vacations are […]

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Retreat to Akumal

Retreat to Akumal

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014

Akumal is a sleepy little resort just about an hour south of Cancun, Mexico. It’s the perfect place to relax, do some yoga, go snorkeling and explore the underground–the cenotes.
I fell in love with Akumal […]

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Get Happy!

Get Happy!

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014

“We’re happy!” declared the Burmese refugee group as they finished their Des Moines Art Center tour on May 8, 2014. This was the culminating activity of their four-week art class. According to the ELL teacher […]

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