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I learned the term "Complicated Grief" in listening to Brene Brown's Rising Strong. And she mentioned the Columbia University School of Social Work Center for Complicated Grief. I'm quoting from its home page for the public: "CG is a form of grief that takes hold of a person’s mind and won’t let ...
07/29/2021
The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Services Professionals, 2011, Oxford University Press, by Christiana Bratiotis, Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch and Gail Steketee is an invaluable guide to the project-management complexities of providing care to people with hoarding disorder. The authors h...
07/22/2021
Um hmm, another imperfection post. Because I can't proclaim "Perfect!" with any satisfaction just yet. I made this trifle for the sole purpose of holding my reusable shopping bags. The top to drop full bags onto is just whipped cream. Found the topless wire cart in a Redmond thrift store, went te...
07/21/2021
I was delighted to discover The National Association of Black Professional Organizers exists. I think it's always fantastic when colleagues with potentially similar experiences, who may share common needs, are able to connect to support each other. And equally wonderful, their association may als...
07/20/2021
I belong to numerous behind-the-scenes chat rooms for Organizers. Some are hosted by my professional societies, some are convened for common interests around issues like hoarding, others are hosted by people selling courses they claim are sufficient for getting trained for the profession. I'm goi...
07/18/2021
As of 7/1/2021, Washington State requires me to charge sales tax on my services and any goods or services, for example the assistance of subcontractors, I add to my services on behalf of a Washington client. The charge will depend on a client's location: current rates vary from 8.4 to 10.4% of my...
07/04/2021
Michael Dargie, Creative Zealot, in his 2021 Creative Playful Summit Playing Within The Guardrails conversation with David Chislett, touched on so many ideas about creativity I wish I could just open up the YouTube video to the world. I need to start this summary by making it EXTREMELY clear that...
06/26/2021
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I had a minor medical procedure recently. Very very very minor, but the aftermath wasn't what I expected and, in recovery, I cancelled an appointment with a client with only 24-hours notice to her. That was discouragingly hard! Not because of the client - the client was so gracious, so enrichingl...
06/24/2021
Competition ain't playful - it can be healthy, if it's goal-oriented. BUT... don't confuse competition with play, actively engaging in relaxing, mindless, unstructured, "timeless" and/or energizing pastimes without any purpose other than having fun. Which, by the way, seriously promotes creativit...
06/23/2021
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I teach what I call "thoughtful release" when I guide people in making their keep/let go decisions about their stuff. One of my mentors pointed out that "thoughtful" has several definitions, all appropriate in regard to organizing (Oxford English Dictionary, via Google): "absorbed in or involving...
06/22/2021
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