Florida…Recovery Mode is A Lot Like Rehabilitation!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Originally Published on: Sep 14, 2017 We had a nice Florida trip early August 2017…finally made it! Initially, the plan was for Randy and me, our son Nick, his friend Jolee (who’s getting married to Jeremy this Saturday!); our daughter Arin and her friend Kassidy to make the trip in June 2017. But due to a… Continue reading Florida…Recovery Mode is A Lot Like Rehabilitation!

The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Peacock written by Amy E. Botkin 1/24/15 CRHP Retreat Look past the strutting and into the beauty. As the morning begins, we praise. The sun shines through the multicolored stained glass. We reflect on our journey through life. Our hearts flutter at joy in such holy surroundings. The mixing of colors, teal, green, yellow, blue….they glow, spread, encompass….our hearts,… Continue reading The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Been on the links yet? If not, hopefully very soon! I enjoy golfing and teeing off is my favorite part (not that the ball goes much more than 100 yards or so). I just really like it when my ball flies high and straight!  It makes it much easier to smack the ball into the… Continue reading Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!

I Agree, Whatever Makes You Happy You Put in Your World! How About a Chocolate Long John!

Reading Time: 4 minutes As I wrote about last week, Randy received the 2015 Alternative Educator of the Year! At the April 21, 2015 Des Moines Public School District Board Meeting he received recognition. Randy endured quite a bit of silliness and a lot of congratulations from his co-workers at Scavo High School about this “award” but all in all, be… Continue reading I Agree, Whatever Makes You Happy You Put in Your World! How About a Chocolate Long John!

Is Your Glass 1/2 Full or 1/2 Empty Today? Personality Assessments Help Find Out!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Studying personalities is important to me. I’ve reviewed the results of many personality assessments and am a proponent of using assessment results if it helps you or who you are working with move forward in positive ways. One of the main personality dispositions is whether you are optimistic or pessimistic. (Which are you?) You can go to The… Continue reading Is Your Glass 1/2 Full or 1/2 Empty Today? Personality Assessments Help Find Out!

It Finally Arrived! My Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Certificate!

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’ve been waiting for my graduate certificate in Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling from The George Washington University! It finally arrived in my mail box! GWU’s colors are blue & buff! The Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling program took well over a year, and I’m happy to move forward with new and exciting forensic areas in my consulting practice.… Continue reading It Finally Arrived! My Forensic Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Certificate!

Happy Birthday to Agatha Christie! Here’s Your Gift!

Reading Time: 2 minutes My birthday always corresponds with the ISU / UI rivalry! Good Job Clones! I personally hope the annual game continues into the future, cuz it allows the fans of these teams to be mean to each other! Ahem, boo Nick, my own son thinks Hawk. Today, my daughter left me a gift before flying off to… Continue reading Happy Birthday to Agatha Christie! Here’s Your Gift!

Artist in Training…Talent, Skills and Practice

Reading Time: 3 minutes Continuing on from last week’s post and my stated interest in my final ethics paper, I’d like to learn more about art.  I am a pretty good sidewalk chalk artist! No really, I believe at my lovely age (wanna guess?), learning creative ways and techniques to spark new interests is good for the soul. This is… Continue reading Artist in Training…Talent, Skills and Practice

Preparing to Graduate…Again!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Just an update to let my readers know I am nearly done with my most recent learning adventure through George Washington University….that lasted well over a year! I certainly learned a lot about forensics rehabilitation consulting, and really appreciate my cohort comprised of really smart rehabilitation counselors across the country! There are students from the… Continue reading Preparing to Graduate…Again!

My Purpose to Serve Others Continues to Ring True!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Original post date 9/10/13 and updated 11/5/2019. As I mentioned last week, I’m moving into round 2 of my studies at GWU. I came across the statement of purpose I wrote in April 2013 and wanted to post it here as it continues to ring true for me! STATEMENT OF PURPOSE written by Amy E.… Continue reading My Purpose to Serve Others Continues to Ring True!