Joansdatter's ethical guide is the NASW Code of Ethics, to which she has sworn an oath to uphold. Here are a few notable excerpts: The Preamble The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs … Continue reading Joansdatter’s Code of Ethics
How often do you meet someone who hears you? Who listens and focuses on you long enough to grasp what it is that you are going through or trying to say? And isn't it a shock when you actually meet someone who stops and listens to what you have to say. Who makes an effort … Continue reading How to Listen to People
The really great thing about being single on a cold night is that you can revel in your winter Bedhead pajamas, curl up with all the pillows, and completely take over the bed.
Roxane Robitaille, a wise couples therapist, has the following advice for those who are going through a hard time after a breakup. I found the following very helpful: Some years ago, I went through a difficult break-up. When my relationship came to an end, one of the most difficult things for me was deciding … Continue reading 10 good reasons not to call your ex
Gamble everything for love, if you're a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty. You set out to find God, but then you keep stopping for long periods at mean-spirited roadhouses.
My amazing cat, Peer Gynt, died last week. I called him my boyfriend because he was the first being who came here and stayed, and only after much upset and dissatisfaction on both sides. He was big and orange and stripy, like a mini-tiger, and fat, and lazy, and lazier and fatter every year. He complained … Continue reading Peer Gynt (2006-2013) Greatest Cat in the World
When I was six or seven, my parents went on vacation and left my brother and me with the German ironing lady and her husband, neither of whom spoke English. We lived in Augsburg then, on an army base, and employed a local woman to wash, fold, and iron our clothes. She also served as … Continue reading The Beauty of Being Very Quiet
All experience is preceded by mind, Led by mind, Made by mind. Speak or act with a corrupted mind, And suffering follows As the wagon wheel follows the hoof of the ox. All experience is preceded by mind, Led my mind, Made by mind Speak or act with a peaceful mind, And happiness follows Like … Continue reading Dhammapada, 1:1-2
I have always loved and respected President Carter. My admiration for him increases every year. If Protestants had saints, he'd be a good candidate. Losing my religion for equality…by Jimmy Carter 25 JANUARY 2013 Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I HAVE … Continue reading Jimmy Carter is My Hero
I really do love my body. There is a lot more of it than there used to be, but what is here is strong, and muscular, and sensuous, and good. This blogpost is my contribution to NOW's "Love Your Body Day" Blog Carnival In our masculinist culture men and women, boys and girls, learn three … Continue reading NOW: I LOVE MY BODY AND MY MIND