Letter to the Editor


    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

Watch Me Bounce 2014 Short Story Contest: Enter Here


Watch Me Bounce 2014 Short Story Contest: Enter Here         Have you faced adversity and bounced back?  Do you have a story that could inspire others?   Then you’re eligible to enter the 2014 Watch Me Bounce Short Story Contest!   We‘re accepting original stories of up to 500 words from any genre, and will consider fiction and nonfiction equally.  Just keep in mind we’ll be watching for stories that highlight the concept of ‘resiliency’  -- finding strength, or bouncing back, from adversity.   Deadline to enter is midnight December 17, 2014.  Be sure to read all of the following guidelines before you submit.   Contest Guidelines:     Send a story that will inspire someone facing difficult times to be strong and ...

August 26, 2014

Watch Me Bounce 2014 “Meme” Contest: Enter Here


Stories connect people. In our daily lives we use words, pictures and videos to relate special moments. At Watch Me Bounce, we’d like to suggest that stories might even be expressed through memes, which are pictures with captions. Memes can be a simple, yet powerful way to illustrate a point. Why not consider using them to Inspire Resilience? Here’s your challenge: Create a photo + caption combination (a "meme") to tell a story that will inspire people and encourage them to bounce back from stress and adversity. Your submission can be as simple as a photo with an inspirational quotation or as complex as an original comic strip. This contest has an open ...

August 26, 2014

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


        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


        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


    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

My Grandmother’s Eyes


     By Beth IIiff      My grandmother’s eyes were a deep shade of mossy green. Like the ivy climbing up her back gate. Green as the pine trees that covered the mountain where she lived. Or as green as the jade turtle she always carried in her purse.       My mother’s eyes are just like my grandmother’s. And mine are just like my mother’s. I would sit between them in Grandma’s old pick-up truck. Three pairs of green eyes sparkling as we laughed and bounced down the mountain road into town.       “You hold this fella for me,” Grandma would whisper in my ear. She would slip the turtle from her purse into my lap, “We’ll be ...

April 1, 2013

The Gilded Cage


    By Seema Chatterjee     The pigeon waited impatiently in her gilded cage. She paced up and down, squinting in the sunlight, as the gold bars of her nest, alchemized to a burnished bronze. Glancing at her watch she sighed. Where was the baron her beloved crow? Where was her loved one? Orchards of mandarins, oranges, grapefruit and lemon, loomed before her. Listlessly, she sipped on some water, longing for a piece of orange to suck on.     Her eyes scanned over bushes of hawthorns and hickories, high bush blueberry, wild grape and honeysuckle and her mouth watered uncontrollably. Did she dare to step out just for a bit? She could ...

March 15, 2013

Resilience Spotlight: Celia Tomlinson, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Author,and Motivational Speaker


      Watch Me Bounce Interview with Celia Tomlinson, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Author, and Motivational Speaker     WMB (Watch Me Bounce): Please tell us a little about what you do.   CT (Celia Tomlinson): In 2008, I retired as President & CEO of RHOMBUS P.A. Inc., a company that I founded in 1983. RHOMBUS, a full-service engineering and environmental firm, provided services in states including NM, AZ, NY, LA, AR, TX, WY, OR, WA. Since 2002, when my autobiographical book Don't Ever Tell Me YOU CAN'T was published, I have been a professional motivational speaker. Perhaps to fully appreciate my situation, I must mention that I came to the United States alone in 1968, confident that ...

February 15, 2013

The Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics by Clifford Brooks: Review


        Clifford Brooks, a veteran poet, has injected a new collection of verse into the greater scope of Southern literature. His work stands out, however, in that it is not only beautiful, but tells a beautiful story as well.     His poems burst with examples of the need for-and illustration-of the concept of psychological resilience. Clifford writes from the heart, yet still pays clear attention to detail. His work can at times appear simplistic, while impregnated throughout with terms\ideas that are advanced in both intellectual and cultural fashions. He reveals human existence from a new light.     One example that caught this reviewer's attention occurred at the book's end in his epic entitle The Gateman's ...

February 7, 2013