First Night: Chapters 27-35 Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues

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“First Night cleverly addresses the big questions of our time about how we deal with technology of today and the looming technological breakthroughs that are coming without destroying ourselves or losing our humanity. And does it in a personal, suspenseful and entertaining way.

~ James Weaver, clinical psychologist and playwright

Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration

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Communities must work together to become resilient. Please enjoy this piece from our Guest Blogger: Richard C. Lumb, Ph. D.

As loud voices erupt to demand their particular agenda, the focus of disruption is often against police.  Remove the effectiveness of police and social chaos emerges.  Dampen the courage of leaders in support of order and chaos occurs.  Active or tacit refusal to demand social order for the substantial majority of citizens has the effect of emboldening the aberrant behaviors.  Peaceful protest, making a convincing argument and seeking collaborative change disappears to be replaced with chaos, and the effect on many is an unnecessary fear. Continue reading “Common Ground: Bridging Police and Community Collaboration”

How To Make Your Willpower Stronger And More Effective

How To Make Your Willpower Stronger And More Effective  by JOE ELLISON

“Ever wondered what life would be like if you had 50% more drive? Scrap that – how about 10%? With just a smidgen more purpose in your gut, you could be the go-getter you always wanted to be, finally mastering that guitar solo, winning that big promotion and getting that novel finished. It’s not out of reach. According to many experts, this drive to succeed is a finite source we create within ourselves, rather than a natural one: ‘Willpower isn’t something you’re born with,’ weighs in Dr Ron Breazeale, a US clinical psychologist specialising in resilience training, ‘It’s something you develop, create and move forward with.’ With the help of Breazeale, RISING reveals how to carpe the hell out of that diem.”

 

First Night-Chapters 20-22 Now Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism continues.

First Night had me hooked. The dialogue of characters is sharp and adds to the development of the story. Like most authors Ron reveals many of his high integrity and values through his main character but also in others. You’ll find humor, spies, psychology, disability, skepticism, and compassion for humanity mixed into First Night.”  ~ Dennis Fitzgibbons

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PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

 

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Building Resilience…Survival Skills for the 21st. Century was conceived by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D., in order to promote and facilitate the acquisition of resilience skills and attitudes among individuals and groups of diverse origin and a wide array of vocations, with a need to survive the tragedy and adversity that befalls each of us at one time or another. To that end, he gathered a team of professional colleagues, interns, friends and volunteers willing to help pursue the goal. Building Resilience is an outgrowth of Maine Resilience and its ambitions.  Maine Resilience is a non-profit agency started in January of 2007.  Building and sustaining the resilience of all Maine citizens its goal. Dr. Ron Breazeale and Alpha One worked together to form Maine Resilience and to create materials used to teach resilience through storytelling. Building Resilience has partnered with others over the years in order to facilitate an increase in resilience skills. We have provided more than sixty workshops with diverse groups including individuals with disabilities, first responders and educators since 2007.

One of our newest partners is PocketConfidant AI. PocketConfidant AI is developing the first virtual coach powered by Artificial Intelligence.

“Our goal is to be a preventive tool, supporting individuals going through personal, professional or academic transitions, helping them develop the competencies they need to enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills, become more resilient and self-confidant.”

PocketConfidant virtual coach will learn through interaction with users. Think of this as the development of a huge library of knowledge from which to draw the right question at the right time. Would you like to help build the library that enables PocketConfidant to be the best tool possible?

PocketConfidant AI seeks to engage organizations, institutions and/or businesses whose patrons might benefit from this unique coaching tool; the purpose of which is to empower people and develop resilience through technology. We encourage you to participate. Contact us or contact PocketConfidant AI to be a part of this innovative coaching experience.

This is an exciting opportunity and we hope that you’ll take advantage of it. If you have questions please address them to us or to PocketConfidant directly.

Thanks for you support.

Charlene Fernald Moynihan

New Chapters Posted!

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.

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First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism’ resumes the story of Lee Brazil whose reemergence encounters a future world assimilating change, mystery and a cascade of new characters, encountered from the past, that lead the reader into a story that cannot be put down. Walk with Lee as he encounters a world changing in ways not earlier conceived, a kaleidoscope of sensation, trepidation, hope, and adrenalin rush. ~ Richard Lumb, criminologist and contributing author of The Police Journal “First Night”

Radicalization

Isolation of one individual.

Most acts of terrorism in this country in the last ten years have been committed by persons radicalized in this country, not newly arriving immigrants or terrorists who have come across our borders.  These are people who have grown up in this country.  Some are first generation Americans, but many are fifth or tenth generation Americans.  But all have one thing in common.  They have not been integrated into our society.  They have not been integrated into our society not because they rejected us and our values, but unfortunately because in many ways we have rejected them. Continue reading “Radicalization”

Hope: Optimism With a Plan

A Look at the Key Components of Hope

Recently I have noticed a commercial that plays frequently on television. It has to do with a couple, a young couple, who is trying to stay within their grocery budget. In the commercial they are known as “The Hopefuls.” They are hopeful in that they may be able to stay within budget the next time they visit their grocery. But, alas, they fail. Consistently they go over budget until the cashier at their market comes to their rescue. She introduces them to a new app that will help them stay within budget. They make a plan to use the new app in making their grocery list and to their amazement, they accomplish their goal of not overspending. The end. Continue reading “Hope: Optimism With a Plan”

The Process of Change: A Continued Discussion of James Prochaska’s Theory

In the previous three posts we have talked about the processes that can help people move through the change process. In the last post we identified five of the processes of change, the first being a willingness to find out new information and facts and to explore community resources that could support you in being able to make the change that you are contemplating. Continue reading “The Process of Change: A Continued Discussion of James Prochaska’s Theory”