In praise of rest…

“I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.”

- May Sarton (A Journal of Solitude)

More on rest and the creative process here.

  1. Camera: Panasonic DMC-LX5
  2. Aperture: f/2
  3. Exposure: 1/2000th
  4. Focal Length: 5mm
"We help one another by understanding one another: that is the only help there is. And the only hope as well."
The Other, Thomas Tryon (via haunted-palace)

Deserves reblogging. Striving for this every day.

When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting With RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder

When Love Is Not Enough: A Guide to Parenting With RAD-Reactive Attachment Disorder by Nancy L. Thomas
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Life is too short to be this irritated by a professional book on a serious, life-altering topic.

It presents as a self-published book in the worst possible way: the cover looks unprofessional, and the chapter and section headings are outlined font. Many sentences have at least two exclamation points.

Plus, I am offended as a professional, and for the parents who are seeking help for this difficult, difficult children; in order to lighten the mood (!), she sarcastically and repeatedly refers to the RAD child as “Sweetums”. As in “If Sweetums wants to tear up the house, then you…” Not appropriate, at all.

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"Faulkner really gave me a kind of humanity that I might not have had. In that sense, literature is Eucharistic. You take somebody else’s suffering into your body and you’re changed by it, you’re made larger by their pain. You come to understand pain in a way that maybe otherwise you wouldn’t."

My Career Counseling textbook for Spring Semester is wicked expensive everywhere, and chegg.com has the ebook version for rent for 180 days (until July!) for 61.70. Should I go for it? Good or bad things to say about Chegg?

"Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways."
— Sigmund Freud (via hellanne)
"If we can forgive what’s been done to us…If we can forgive what we’ve done to others…If we can leave all of our stories behind. Our being villains or victims. Only then can we maybe rescue the world."
— Chuck Palahniuk
Haunted  (via theworldismadeofwords)

This image comes from an amazing book that I use often with clients: Michael Rosen’s Sad Book. Rosen wrote it about the death of his son. It’s illustrated by Quentin Blake.

(Source: butterflyhouseblog)

"She’d expected it to be like the moment when a drowning victim can no longer hold their breath and gives herself to the water. But it was not. As she gave herself to her grief, it ceased to be an infinite thing, ceased to be the vast and life-smothering blackness she’d feared, and became instead something finite, already lightening at its borders. Something that could be endured. Something that could be survived."


Irvin Yalom: The Art of Psychotherapy (excerpt)

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Given to me by a crisis line worker when I was in undergrad. Thank you, Carolyn, wherever you are.

rickscheibner replied to your photo: Still working on my Delicious Library catalog….

I have that one on the lower right. :-) Are you studying to work in the mental health field?

I’m a post-graduate student at Lynchburg College; I already have my M.Ed. in counseling, from Boston University. Working on my LPC right now.

Did you like that book? I did, but felt like it was lacking something. What are your thoughts?

Still working on my Delicious Library catalog. (Currently at 495 books, 10 movies.) Enjoying the process—and the amusing things that occur when all items are simply alphabetized. Exhibit A!