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Beyond words | Healing communication

The Intouchables is a 2011 French film that is one of my favorite movies of all time. It tells the true story of Philippe, a lonely, staid, quadriplegic millionaire who needs a new caregiver. He hires Driss, a boisterous young African immigrant, who applies for the job, not because he’s qualified, but because he must prove that he is seeking work to receive his unemployment check. During Driss’s one-month probationary […]

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Israela Margalit | The other side of the moon

I called the cultural ministry in Jerusalem and begged them to pay for my flight to Montreal. There was a piano competition over there. A springboard to stardom. “I promise to make you proud.” The money arrived just in time to beat the admission deadline. I was instructed to board a charter plane from Paris that was filled with young French contestants. They exercised on the plastic tray tables, their […]

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Judith Simon Prager | What the dolphin said

Judith Simon Prager, PhD, is a therapist, author, and teacher who trains first responders and medical personnel around the world in Verbal First Aid, the protocol she and colleague Judith Acosta, LISW, developed to create calm, relieve pain, promote healing, and even save lives in emergency situations. She has co-authored several Verbal First Aid books with Acosta, including The Worst Is Over: What to Say When Every Moment Counts, which […]

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Joe Cottonwood | All we didn’t say in words

Grocery Checkout Wow those are nice earrings there’s something playful about them you know what I mean they remind me of a charm bracelet the crossbar with the little doodads dangling down those beads are such a pretty shade of blue or is it turquoise Oh I’m sorry I really wasn’t hitting on you but I can understand it’s uncomfortable to have a stranger give such attention to your earlobe […]

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