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How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017 Reviewed by Wayne Dodge This is a very important book that has been getting widespread press attention. Professor Barrett is a researcher in the area of emotions, with a background in...Read more
Here are some articles Wayne Dodge has found interesting recently. Enjoy! The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren't By Katie Herzog The Stranger , June 2017 This is an important article published in the local Seattle weekly called The Stranger (well known for their sex...Read more
The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief. By Francis Weller, North Atlantic Books, 2015 Review by Wayne Dodge Although short on actual description of rituals, this is an in-depth discussion of the place of grief in human life – with a particular bent towards Jungian...Read more
I recently spent some rich time with colleagues, who are also dear friends, leaning into some work about ‘what the Haven does.’ Along the way the fact that we (as an organization) value ‘living in uncertainty’ came up. Today I am reflecting that this is exactly where I am right now: living in...Read more
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Warren Fraleigh. The following letter is from The Board of Directors. The Board of Directors of the Haven Foundation is pleased to announce that we have completed the hiring process and have selected Warren Fraleigh to...Read more
By Toby Macklin Living Alive Phase I (October 1–26, 2018) focuses on self-awareness, but very much in the context of relating with others. It’s an intensive course in what we describe as “self-responsible relational living.” One way of thinking about the kind of process people can go through in the...Read more
I am sure you know the feeling when at times your thoughts get too loud and overwhelming and your head is spinning. For me that often happens when a person or a situation triggers me. My reaction and related thoughts take over the present moment and send me for a spin. I have done years of sitting...Read more
Cathy McNally, reporting on the 2017 Surrey Teachers Convention On Friday May 5, I had the privilege of joining a remarkable teacher and three of her students (past and present) to present our combined explorations of the gift of using the communication model in our lives. Wow! Teacher Lizanne...Read more
We are making progress! The search for a new Executive Director of The Haven as been proceeding according to the original plan of being thorough and inclusive and also being on schedule. The past months have been very busy and intense for the Search Committee as we attend to the many details of the...Read more
Depression and the journal By Ellery Littleton. I’m reluctant to write about my ongoing experience with depression. It feels hard and heavy. And I have already written about it at great length, ad nauseam, it sometimes feels like, in my journal, where I first named it “my ugly old friend.” But I...Read more