by David G. Blumenkrantz
Wrapped in a synthesis of ancient stories from antiquity, youth & community development through rites of passage can be the RITE story for modernity. When you come right down to it we have central “stories” in the form of theories that inform policies (another form of story) that result in programs, which are the manifestation of the theoretical story in action. All of these stories—theories, policies, programs—are “delivery systems for the teller’s agenda.” Read Part I here.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: David Blumenkrantz, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Youth and Community and the co-designer of the Rite of Passage Experience, continues to explore the importance of raising our young people on healthy stories that respect their inner creative and spiritual lives and help them bridge the divide between youth and adulthood.
by Dr. David Stewart
Aromatic science is a new field of research that is rediscovering the many health benefits of aromatherapy once lost in antiquity but are now being verified and refined by modern studies...
Editor's Note: Doctors and scientific experts alike promote the medical benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Essential oils are a powerful adjunct for supporting health and vitality, and are a pleasurable, practical addition to every lifestyle.
by Juhani Ihanus, PhD
Already in the symposia of the Greek Antiquity, as described by Plato, poetry was central in reaching toward the Socratic aim: “know thyself!” Although this task is imbued with a paradox (actually, you will never totally know yourself), the quest for truthful, non-deceitful, and non-exploitative words and identities is connected with poiesis, “making” the self and the world...
Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: Very good article of a prominent Finnish Bibliotherapist, emphasizing a special role of metaphor in biblio/poetry therapy: "Metaphor is not only a mode of language and cognition, not only a figure of speech, like in the Aristotelian tradition, but, (...) can be described as the 'currency of the (emotional) mind,' open-ended, and with enormous potential of (self-)transformation, evoking creative fantasies."
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by Patricia Lantz
"This mesa plain had an appearance of great antiquity, and of incompleteness; as if, with all the materials for world-making assembled, the Creator had desisted, gone away and left everything on the point of being brought together, on the eve of being arranged into mountain, plain, plateau. The country was still waiting to be made into a landscape." ~ Willa Cather
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