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Sage words for scary times…

When Nemo got lost, he cried to Dory– “I promised I’d never let anything happen to him!” And Dory’s genius self said – “Well that’s silly. You can’t let nothing happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”


I give you this to ponder in the wake of the latest round of scary news…via my favorite blogger/author, Glennon Melton of and the book Carry On Warrior: Thoughts On Live Unarmed (which I highly recommend).

How To Keep Our Babies Safe


“A leaf man’s got to go where the wind blows…”

Truer words were never spoken here on the east coast today, as we brace for the worst of Hurricane Sandy, yet to come.  The rain has been coming down steadily, the wind is picking up, and all the schools and government offices are closed.  So much for our autumn project planned for the first half of this week, collages made from real leaves, inspired by Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man.

Since I may not have the opportunity to blog about this project after all (the leaf piles and the leaf men hidden therein may all have blown away by the time all is said and done), I’m going to link you to an interview I did with one of my favorite bloggers, Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent, so you can get to know a bit more about my background, the origins and philosophy of the ART IN HAND program, and art therapy in general.  Here’s hoping we all get to keep our power on!  (realistically speaking, that’s fairly unlikely in these parts in the next day or so…)

Happy reading!

Julie Liddle:  An Art Therapist’s Perspective