Sunday, April 18, 2010

Stories of self-transformation

This morning I was reading "A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian," a novel by Marina Lewycka, when Phil joined me. I giggled and read aloud to him:

But this is all in the past, Nadia. Why you have such bourgeois preoccupation with all personal history?

A few minutes later, Phil said, "When you're ready to take a break let's watch a few videos."
As he prepares to teach a course in conflict resolution, Phil is searching the web for interesting material to show in class.

The website we went to is Communication and Conflict where you will have the opportunity to view a multitude of videos on understanding conflict in communication. The purpose of these videos is to unveil a process by which the person who perceives a conflict is step-by-step led to understand it from the viewpoint of his/her own ultimate needs.

Seeing these videos while reading my book, living my life, with multiple daily opportunities to manage conflict and perhaps even understand my role in it, I found the interactions in these videos entertaining and affirming.

Conflict is socially constructed and it is driven by interpretations we choose to privilege. However, ultimately, to pursue our desire to liberate the self and experience peace and fulfillment, we must be responsible for our language use and what it accomplishes.

All this has me thinking...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Do come by the Fountain Street Open Art Studios this week-end.

14Th Fountain Street Open Studios Weekend

April 9 - 11, 2010
Friday 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 11am - 5 pm

Do come by and say hello.
The plethora of art and inspiration, the wonderful conversations and laughter - I've witnessed it all every year I've gone to visit or participate at Fountain Street Studios.

This time I will be there with my pieces together in Marie's Craig and Gesa's Lenhert studio on the fifth floor. The best way is to come all the way up, spend some time with us and then stroll down and visit the studios on the floors below. We guarantee a great start to your visit of the Open Studios :)

Click here to download the brochure.

I'm looking forward to seeing you this week-end.
Please note that I will not be at my showroom this Saturday.