The Sweetness of a Long Bath

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        The Sweetness of a Long Bath   By Charles Clifford Brooks III       Let me admit upfront that our imbalance is a byproduct of my bent cerebellum left too long to itself.   So, I stayed awake all day and had our inhibitions darned like an old sweater. The good sheets and I (and you) are now spotless.   Maybe you’ll cook Thai tonight. Later we’ll rest well, ready to take any new strife in stride tomorrow.   This evening, I will clean the countertops, then draw your bath, and these hands will heal your sore muscles. When the lights wink out, we can pray for whatever you want.   The world stays starched and fresh because of our equal faith in spirit and flesh.            

February 22, 2015

Resilience in the Face of Natural Disaster: A Watch Me Bounce Story Contest

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      Whether you have faced a hurricane, earthquake, flood, disease outbreak, blizzard, drought, or other natural disaster, if you have a story you would like to share, we are here to read it. We are interested in original short stories, poetry, pictures and memes that depict resilience in the face of a natural disaster. If you have not faced a natural disaster personally but know someone who has, or if you have been involved in disaster response or post-disaster recovery (as an emergency, medical, or aid worker/volunteer, then we are interested in your story as well.         How to Submit: E-mail your submissions to ...

December 30, 2014

Results for the Watch Me Bounce “Meme” Contest

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      The Watch Me Bounce editorial staff thanks and appreciates the work of every author who submitted an entry to our first-ever "Resilience" Meme Contest. Unfortunately, we were only able to choose three winning memes, all of who will receive featured publication here on Watch Me Bounce. In addition, the cash award of $20.00 is given to the first place entrant. Entries were judged on multiple factors, included their relevance and ability to inspire resilience against adversity, correct or incorrect grammar, and their overall creativity. Below, please find the winning Memes. Congratulations to the winners!         First Place: First Place Meme: "Life Waves" by Cathy Bryant   Second Place: Second Place Meme: "The ...

December 24, 2014

Third Place Meme: “Live in the Colors of Your Dreams” by Karin Filzen

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[caption id="attachment_3132" align="aligncenter" width="833"] Live in the Colors of Your Dreams[/caption]

December 24, 2014

First Place Meme: “Life Waves” by Cathy Bryant

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[caption id="attachment_3133" align="aligncenter" width="477"] By Cathy Bryant[/caption]

December 24, 2014

Letter to the Editor

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    By Charles Brooks III         A man said to the universe: “Sir, I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.”   “A Man Said to the Universe” -Stephen Crane     …   Hear my problem, Old Man: I wear the world, anguished by its lacking.   I write. I write so others might wail as well.   They don’t. I do.   That’s the problem.

December 11, 2014

Resilience Spotlight: Ronald Cohen, MD, Family Psychotherapist, Part 2

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        WMB (Watch Me Bounce): How do you train people in resilience?     RC (Ronald Cohen): Unlike traditional therapy and psychiatry, I work with the entire family so that it comes out whole in a manner that is less costly, more focused and results in greater efficacy, in a shorter period of time. A family-resilience approach is positive, competency and strength based, health oriented, and non-pathologizing. Bowen Systemic Family coaching promotes optimal resilience by supporting family strengths and resources, and promoting healthy adaptation to adversity. The goals of resilience-based training include:   · Help individuals address the unmet psychosocial needs of chronic and fatal illnesses and disability within their family. · Help families pay attention to the biological, ...

July 25, 2013

Resilience Spotlight: Ronald Cohen, MD, Family Psychotherapist, Part 1

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        Questions for Ronald Cohen, MD, Family Psychotherapist       WMB (Watch Me Bounce): Please tell us a little about what you do.   RC (Ronald Cohen): I am an Board Certified Psychiatrist turned Systemic Family Therapist  trained at Family Institute of Westchester in the multicultural, multicontextual extension of Bowen Theory, who specializes in helping families adapt and heal from unexpected crises and stressful life-cycle challenges, especially those caused by severe and chronic medical and psychiatric illness, trauma, and disability. I provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services to help families resolve relationship difficulties and live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. As a consultant specialist I provide clinical supervision and help other health care ...

June 27, 2013

An Unexpected Therapy

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    By Betty Lane     Almost every morning that I stand in front of a mirror to cleanse and moisturize my face, then apply some kind of make up, I cannot help smiling, as I think, however fleetingly, about my unorthodox start as an independent beauty consultant and what that business decision has meant for me and my family through the past many years, despite the fact that ultimately working towards realizing my potential and achieving my dreams led me in an almost altogether different direction.     Until 1998, I was known for my remarkable ability to bounce back from suffering, big obstacles, and tragedy. I had survived childhood neglect and abuse, having grown up with ...

April 10, 2013