Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You Are A RCVR By Jason Silva


Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
-Khalil Gibran

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Remembering Edward Roy Dickson

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Little "Happy Tool" from the Parent Forum

Today at the Parent Forum I learned one, small tip that I immediately implemented this evening.  What I experienced was something rather profound.

This one tip ended up giving us an interactive dinner conversation, some laughs, and a tool we'll implement probably every day.

During our discussion at the parent forum, a mom brought up the question of what to do when her daughter gets angry, sad, etc. and can't be comforted.

The solution was to implement "Happy Tools."  

We gather our 'Happy Tools' by asking our children, "What could I give you or do for you when you are sad or angry?"

Their answers become our 'tools' for future freak out sessions.

So, at dinner, I asked my boys the question above.  The conversation and laughter we experienced as a family was a memory in and of itself as they thought of their 'tools.' We heard, 'give me a train,' '...a hug,' '...quite time,' etc.

The quiet time surprised me...you mean, it's not just moms that want quiet time?!?!

But even more invaluable is we have something to pull out when soothing a temper tantrum doesn't work.  We have a new, exciting tool to use and for that, my time at the parent forum is certainly worth it!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Larger Life

Your greater potential?  Godward!
     What does it hold?  The greatest
good you can conceive that harms no
     How do you come to possess it?
Thought by thought.
     Why is it possible for us to create a
new life for ourselves?  Because we are
part of Life, not separate from It or Its

Monday, April 2, 2012

Edward Roy Dickson 1923-2012

Dear Friends:

Edward Roy Dickson passed away at his home in San Clemente, California on March 29, 2012 surrounded by his wife, June, son, Greg, daughter, Judee and granddaughters, Julie and Cari at his side. Roy was born May 2, 1923 in Pasadena, California.

From early childhood, he was an avid snake hunter and fisherman. He loved to cook in his home for all his family and friends, a true 'foodie.' He married his high school sweetheart, June, in 1943 and on their 1st anniversary he went into the Navy and served in the Marshall Islands during WWII. He returned in 1946 and met his son for the first time. Later, their daughter Judee joined the family. He started his first optics business in 1953 and continued to work in optics, never officially retiring. Two of his companies, Pacific Quartz and Mark Optics continue to thrive.

He is survived by his wife June, his sister-in-law Liz Rautert, son Greg and his partner, Julie Austin; daughter Judee Chapman; his grandchildren Julie Houser and her partner, Marlene Larsen, Cari Schehr and her husband Brian, and Eric Dickson; his great-grandchildren, Jade, Dillon, Gage and Xander, and many more nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Roy to The Boys and Girls Club of the South Coast Area (949) 492-0376, or to The Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley (949) 240-6463 email: diane@cslcv.org.

Please join us for a celebration of his life on Saturday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the Cyprus Shore Park, 3922 Calle Ariana, San Clemente, California. Bring your surfboard and wetsuit if you would like to join Cari and Brian in the paddle-out after the service.

Please let us know if you plan to join us by responding to Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley, contact information above.

Edward Roy Dickson 1923-2012