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Josie Herndon

Letter From The Editor

We’re in the middle of winter in the desert and it’s been cold… 47 degrees cold. But, on the bright side, we have had some wonderful rain and California is no longer in a drought. What a blessing! The desert floor has gone from dry brown to lush green. Icing on the cake is that the desert flowers that usually bloom a bit later are already beginning to rise up from the ground...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 Josie Herndon Letters From The Editor

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Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF. CIP

The 4 Minute Kindness Challenge

Choosing Kindness: Have you tried the 4 Minute Random Act of Kindness Challenge?

Much like many awareness days, World Kindness Day (November 13th) and National Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th) were designed to bring focus to an issue that often is neglected in day-to-day life. However, unlike national and world awareness days, it is baffling to consider there is such a lack of kindness that we need to mark a day to celebrate something that is genetically encoded in each of us. Since we think National Random Acts of Kindness Day might be EVERY DAY,  we wanted to take the opportunity to explore why kindness is such an integral part of the human experience and challenge people to spread awareness and engage in the kindness challenge…..more on that toward the end.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF. CIP Emotional Health, Spotlight Article

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