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Chapter Four: Pierced ears

Gloria Feldt with Carol Trickett Jennings University of North Texas Press PDF

difference between parental authority in theory—where the rules are made—and in the real world. Yes, they needed my consent to have their ears professionally pierced. But just as my daughter and her friend went on to do it themselves, today, without our permission, our adultsin-training are making adult-type decisions about sex.

Because they can, and do, have sex without our consent or knowledge, the issue of their access to the related health care is an important one. This issue was on the agenda at the very first board meeting I attended at Permian Basin Planned Parenthood in 1971 in Odessa,

Texas. The board members argued long and loudly about whether to require parental consent for a minor to get birth control. They reached a very foolish compromise to dispense birth control to teenagers who already had what they called an “illegitimate” child. Whereupon the wise county judge, a board member on the losing side of the vote, exclaimed, “Now if that ain’t shuttin’ the barn door after the cow’s got out!”

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What People Are Doing to Catalyze an Inclusive Society

Abdullah, Sharif M. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

It’s not by anything we think, not by something we figure out in our heads. We’re transformed by what we do.

—CHARLOTTE JOKO BECK 47

MENDERS ARE ALREADY active in the world, creating the consciousness, cultures, and institutions of a new society. The actions of Menders are not generally visible to mainstream media. We are “flying below the radar” of Breaker culture. In a society obsessed with overconsumption and the lifestyles of the rich and famous, Menders are plain boring. The goal of Menders is not to appear on a talk show or to have a thirty-second sound bite on a television news program. Their goal is to transform themselves and to contribute to the transformation of their society.

The Mender society will be built on the ordinary actions of ordinary people. It will consist of people eating, sleeping, working, washing clothes, finding each other, celebrating victories, and grieving together. The Mender society will parallel the world of the Breakers.186

Not all of us are going to walk on the Moon or expand our consciousness or become one with the Divine or find true community (or even true love). And even if we do, we will still find that we have to “chop wood, carry water.” Not all of us are going to commune with extraterrestrials or climb Mount Everest, but we will all, in the words of Buddhist scholar Charlotte Joko Beck, “make love, drive freeway.”48 In our focus on the peak, sublime experiences, we tend to ignore or take for granted the mundane experiences that make up most of our lives.

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Lake Shore Drive

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Amy Walsh, 57″ × 72″

FINISHED BLOCK: 5″ × 9″

FINISHED QUILT: 57″ × 72″

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love, love, love Chicago. One of my favorite drives to take in the city is down Lake Shore Drive, especially on a sunny day. Lake Michigan is on one side and the beautiful skyline is on the other. This particular color palette is my picture of Lake Shore Drive on a clear winter day. The different shades of blue suggest the sky and frozen water, as does the addition of white.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the Lake Shore Drive chart (page 32) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted coordinating small-scale prints: 20 strips 3″ × 42″ or 1¾ yards total for pieced 4-patch blocks

Large-scale print: 2¼ yards for the alternate 8½″ strips

Binding: ½ yard

Backing: 3¾ yards

Batting: 67″ × 82″

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This quilt is perfect for any of the larger prints you want to work with—especially those that you love too much to cut up. Choose prints for the pieced blocks that match the colors in your alternate print. And, as always, the more prints the better. We used about 30 for the pictured quilt.

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3 Collaborate to Achieve Lean and Green Goals

Gordon, Pamela J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The dream and the beliefs are at the corporate level and they trickle down to us. Nothing could be effective if we didn’t all believe in the same thing.

—Barney Little, general manager, Horizon Organic Dairy

ACHIEVING Lean and Green goals is not a lonely process. In this chapter, get an overview of the third Lean and Green step: Collaborate throughout the organization to meet Lean and Green goals. If you can, first get your organization’s senior leaders to support the Lean and Green way of improving the company’s profitability while helping to restore natural resources for the coming generations. Then motivate people throughout your organization to create and implement Lean and Green solutions.

Your organization will move faster toward becoming Lean and Green if you first obtain buy-in at the top. Water flows most easily downhill, and so do organization-wide directives. Once your leaders endorse the goal of using fewer resources, which will reduce costs and preserve the health of the planet, employees will follow suit—not only because they hold the planet dear, but also because they want to do well in their jobs.

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CHAPTER FOUR. Managing discourse about prejudices: the heart of therapy

Karnac Books ePub

As we described earlier, the process of the therapist coming to terms with his own prejudices is essential before launching into intervening into the lives of clients. One difficulty, however, is that often the therapist is not aware of the deeply ingrained prejudices he or she holds which inform the therapy he or she does.

In the cases we are about to describe we are not interested in providing elaborate examples of how each of the authors structures therapy or in providing stories about the techniques we use. The reader can find mountains of books (some written by us) describing what to do and what not to do in therapy. Rather, we will discuss our beginning attempts to move into a post-ideological process of questioning our own prejudices, and how our prejudices interact and affect each other within our own heads, how our own prejudices affect and are affected by and among our team members. We will then move to a discussion of the interaction between the therapist’s and client’s prejudices. While we will be addressing techniques per se, one suspicion we have, however, is that the very process of questioning our own prejudices and those of the client can be very therapeutic in and of itself. When the process of questioning our own prejudices is entered into, we often find ourselves not moving into the more traditional phases of therapeutic interventions that are the hallmarks of all models of therapy.

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