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Peace Kits for Paradise: When Giving Is Receiving It Lights the Spark in All of Us

It was a bluebird day: clear skies, faint hint of fading clouds, brilliant sun. Green blanketed fields, gardens and any spare ground thanks to the recent rain. You could say it was just another beautiful day in Durham, California at Ponderosa Elementary, the new site for the hundreds of students who lost their school – and many their homes – in the Paradise Camp Fire last November. And it was – but side-by-side with the ordinary was the extraordinary. 

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Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Ahhh Summer

Summer is coming and I think we all want to get our kids outside as much as possible and let them breathe, explore and wonder. I know many kids participate in summer sports or attend summer camps but there are always times when you need an activity and don’t have the time or bandwidth to do the research. That is where this list will come in handy. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Ahhh Summer”

Mindful Family Spotlight: A Mother & Daughter Story of Resilience and Gratitude

It is almost impossible to imagine going through what the Brown family has endured in the past four years — two family members battling cancer, daughter Finley and mom A.J. Not only have they survived, but Finley’s fighting spirit and A.J.’s unwavering gratefulness are nothing short of astounding.

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Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Mindfully Welcoming Spring

Yes, we’re still experiencing quite a bit of rain (or snow in some places), but temperatures are rising, bright blue sky is peeking through and new life is springing up all around us. Spring encourages us to slow down, breathe deeply,  listen to the sounds of life, savor the sunshine on our skin, and notice the new blooms and sprouts of the season. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Mindfully Welcoming Spring”

Delivering Peace to Paradise Fire Elementary School Children

In the hours after the devastating Camp Fire began in November 2018, smoke laced the skies several hundred miles away. The deadliest wildfire in California’s history kept us inside and our kids out of school while we waited out the poor air conditions. In a few days, our lives returned to normal. For the people of Paradise, however, there was no normal to return to. 

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Mindful Big Spotlight: Lifelong Humanitarian Lisa Rueff

Thousands of people look forward to Lisa Rueff’s daily social media posts spreading love and light into the world. A Sausalito-based humanitarian who’s endearingly nicknamed “Chief Love Warrior,” Lisa has been waking people up to the power of love in her community and around the globe for more than 22 years.

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