I wanted to let everybody know who might be interested that, after a lot of discussion, we're finally pulling together an Orange County Postmodern Salon. It will take place at my house and is open to all. So if you are a counselor/therapist who might be interested in learning more about postmodern therapies (narrative therapy, solution focused, collaborative language, etc.) or someone interested in postmodern theory, or most importantly, how these ideas can be applied to your work/life in a meaningful way, please come join us. We hope, with your help, to make this a regular occurrence.
We are very excited about our first event. Info follows:
us for our first Orange County Postmodern Salon Featuring Dove Presnall, MA,
LMFT & Executive Director of Survivors' Truths
On August 1st we will be meeting at Chris Hoff's home. Schedule follows:
2pm: Presentation by Dove
3pm til ??: Socializing/BBQ/Poolside
For our first event we are excited to feature Dove Presnall, MA, LMFT. Dove
currently provides counseling services in Los Angeles (www.talkwithdove.com)
and serves as Executive Director of Survivors' Truths (www.survivorstruths.org)
a not for profit organization born out of Dove's experience as a trainer and
field supervisor of Liberian counselors and social workers, where she worked
directly with war survivors including women survivors of targeted sexual
violence, male and female torture survivors of all ages, and conscripted child
soldiers. Survivors Truths works with survivors of all sorts, to document their
voices, give faces to their stories, and celebrates the spirit of survival and
hope. Survivors' Truths seeks to draw out and emphasize the part of each
person's story where they were able to find a way through difficult
Dove will share with us how postmodern ideas have informed her journey and how
others might benefit from these ideas in their counseling work or in their
Contact me for directions info. Following is a video made by Survivors' Truths
I just registered for my final classes at Pepperdine University. I think I got that second wind as soon as I hit send. Come December I will officially have my M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Then the next stage of the journey begins. There are many ideas floating around, where that next stage might be, but as I was reminded by my friend Laurie last night, it's in the process. It's in the process, Chris.
I did it. Once again another thing I've been talking about for a while, but could just never commit. Today I registered for Ironman California taking place on April 2nd, 2011. On that day I will be forced to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles. The clock has officially started. Fortunately for me, I have a few people in my corner that will keep me on track. I look forward to the journey to get there. Wish me luck. I'm scared..
It looks like OC is going to get its own independently produced TED event
taking place on Sept 10th at Fullerton college. I'm hopeful and excited
about the creative/arts direction they're taking. I got an invite, and can't wait to see the program. More info:
TEDxFullerton is being produced by ArtspaceOC, “a playful collision
of spaces + a serious think tank”. ArtspaceOC is the brainchild of
Susan L. Petrella and Pamela Hughes Tice, lifelong artists, arts
patrons and advocates whose vision is to “inspire Orange County to be a
“creative” community. TEDxFullerton begins the conversation about what
is means to be a “creative” community. What are the “ideas worth
spreading in Orange County” which will achieve this goal?
TEDxFullerton is hosted by Fullerton College’s Fine Arts Division.
It will be held Friday, September 10, 2010 at the Campus Theater,
Fullerton College. We have a truly fantastic program for Orange County:
LIVE Speakers from the corporate, academic, government, arts/culture
spaces, TED Talks and music/art/film/video/game art performances.
There’s just no accounting for happiness, or the way it turns up like a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squandered a fortune far away.
And how can you not forgive? You make a feast in honor of what was lost, and take from its place the finest garment, which you saved for an occasion you could not imagine, and you weep night and day to know that you were not abandoned, that happiness saved its most extreme form for you alone.
No, happiness is the uncle you never knew about, who flies a single-engine plane onto the grassy landing strip, hitchhikes into town, and inquires at every door until he finds you asleep midafternoon as you so often are during the unmerciful hours of your despair.
It comes to the monk in his cell. It comes to the woman sweeping the street with a birch broom, to the child whose mother has passed out from drink. It comes to the lover, to the dog chewing a sock, to the pusher, to the basket maker, and to the clerk stacking cans of carrots in the night. It even comes to the boulder in the perpetual shade of pine barrens, to rain falling on the open sea, to the wineglass, weary of holding wine.
A couple of nights ago I had a dream where I was driving in the back of a cab to a certain location and then the driver decided to go a different route. As we began to get more and more distance from where I thought I was supposed to be going I began to ask him, "where are you going?" As he continued to ignore me I became increasingly anxious and I started to shout at him "WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!" by the end of the dream I was screaming it.
If I were to put on my Jungian dream interpretation hat. *
Cab Driver = God archetype
Me = My current state..
* (please don't tell my PoMo friends I put on a Jungian hat)