May 4, 2016

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips— Emergency Evacuation Skills for Pets

 Early last Spring, Summit Sally saw her neighbor trying desperately to get his dog Champ into the car. “Whatcha doing there, Tom? Doesn’t look like Champ wants go?” Tom said he was going to take Champ to the beach for a nice walk but Champ resisted on getting into the car. Sally said, “Sure is a good thing this isn’t an emergency because you would never get that dog to evacuate with you. Tom told Sally that ever since he had Champ neutered, he … [Read More...]

Kids in the Canyon—A Place in Our Hearts: Marianne Bordier

 One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. —Carl Jung Reflecting on Marianne Bordier’s upcoming retirement makes me reflect on our 23 years together at Topanga Elementary Charter School. I came to … [Read More...]

Living Well—Shine On, You Crazy Diamond!

 “I don’t think you realize how much power and wisdom you hold. When you walk into a room, everyone is affected. It doesn’t matter what you say or do; it’s who you are. It happens on a soul level.” I sensed the truth of her words, not from an ego place—this encounter was not something my ego could wrap itself around. Nor was it something I could manage, package, or control; it was a shamanic soul call, and I’d heard it before… [Read More...]