New Chapters Posted!

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues.

Use this link to read the new chapters of “First Night.”

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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”

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“Suspenseful, bold, and provocative, First Night takes the reader on a journey — ahead in time and across the globe, deep into some essential questions about what it means to live in an age of technological strides without losing the human heart.” ~ Rev Allen Ewing-Merrill, United Methodist Pastor

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”

The Processes of Change: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change

In the last two posts, we have talked specifically about the change process and about the stages of change identified by James Prochaska and his colleagues through their research. In this post and the next, I will briefly summarize some of the processes of change that can help an individual move through the stages of change. Continue reading “The Processes of Change: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”

Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change

In the last post we discussed the change process and what we know about it.  Specifically, we talked about the research of James Prochaska and his colleagues and the Stages of Change model that he has developed. His Transtheoretical Model of Change explains in part why people stay in bad situations and in toxic relationships either with another person or with a drug. Continue reading “Making Changes in Our Lives: Exploring the Transtheoretical Model of Change”

Change-Exploring Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model

For most of us making a change is a difficult process, even good ones. Change requires that we do something different and quite often demands that the people around us do something different. Many would argue that we are creatures who like routine and sameness. We get comfortable with the groove that we are in, even if it becomes a rut. So, as the research suggests, many of us feel stressed that we have to make changes in our life, even positive ones. Continue reading “Change-Exploring Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model”

“First Night”

First Night - book coverFor many years we have been using storytelling as a tool for teaching the skills and the attitudes of resilience. Storytelling has been around since the first human beings sat down around a fire and talked about their lives. These first training sessions on resilience occurred thousands of years ago. From campfires to fireplaces to potbellied stoves to water coolers, we continue to tell stories about resilience.

In more recent times, we’ve written these down in the form of novels and biographies. Even more recently we’ve recorded them on tape and film, and, most recently on the internet. We have used Reaching Home and other novels as a primary tool in teaching these skills and attitudes. We feel this is an appropriate time to release the sequel to Reaching Home, First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism, here on the internet. We will be releasing a chapter per week, for the next fifty-one weeks, beginning 01/01/2017. For those of you who do not wish to wait for the next weekly chapter, you can order a hard copy or a download from the publisher Reed Edwards Company.

Please follow this link to read excerpts from the book “First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism”

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Personal Safety

Will guns make us safer?

At a time when fear seems to be driving our society, safety is a major issue. Many people don’t feel safe. Many believe that the crime rate has increased over the past few years. The reality is that it has decreased significantly since the 1970s and that the ‘70s in many ways were the most dangerous times  for personal safety for people in this society. Continue reading “Personal Safety”