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StephanieWestAllen
My blogs are at http://www.idealawg.net and http://www.brainsonpurpose.com .
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Anyone who has sincerely tried to improve in some area of personal or professional life probably understands the value of feedback. But what this lawyer did to get feedback is rare and perhaps surprising. From Sherwood Park News: How do you get better? How do you become world-class? There are... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at idealawg
Is stress bad for you? Not all of it. In fact, a life without stress would be neither healthy nor enjoyable. You do NOT want to wake up to days that are stress-free. Your clients don't want that for you either. With the right stress, you are a better lawyer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at idealawg
I call to your attention two no-fee teleseminars being offered this month by the Purposeful Planning Institute; one or both might be worth your time. Take a look below for all the information. If you want to join either call, get your complimentary PIN number. The first, presented by John... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at idealawg
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This is the page where I will be posting photos, links, and thoughts related to the memory of my father Chuck Allen. I will be begin posting them on the last weekend of August, 2014. Please visit here again. In the meanwhile you may listen to a couple of songs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at idealawg
I have not been active here due to a death in my family. And I will be back soon. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at idealawg
Due to a death in my family, I have not been an active blogger here or at idealawg. I plan to come back to posting in the very near future. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Listen to Christian Jarrett, neuroscientist turned science writer, describing the many myths about the brain covered in today's media (kuow.org). The interview of Jarrett is less than 10 minutes long and worth a few minutes of your time. Jarrett has a new book coming out in the fall titled Great Myths of the Brain. I am looking forward to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
A new book on yoga written for lawyers has been published by the American Bar Association. The coauthors are lawyers from New Mexico. Hallie Love's Web site includes this description of the book: Written by lawyers Hallie Love and Nathalie Martin, Yoga for Lawyers - Mind-Body Techniques to Feel Better... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at idealawg
Hi, Rhonda. Thanks for your message. I certainly hope you do use drawing in your Torts class.—and then write about it or in some other way let others who are interested know how it goes! As I am sure you know, there are some great books on mindfulness and meditative approaches to art. I wish you the best. It was a delight to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by idealawg. On Jun 15, 2014, at 4:53 PM, Typepad wrote: Typepad HTML Email email_header.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif A new comment from “Rhonda Magee” was received on the post “Can drawing improve lawyering and mediation skills? Art is helping some members of the medical profession” of the blog “idealawg”. Comment: Thank you, Stephanie, for this post. I find this so intriguing, and am half-set to give a drawing exercise a try in my Torts class in the fall. Appreciating your love of teaching and learning for wellbeing, and your dedication to sharing with all of us. May you be very well and joyful, Rhonda Commenter name: Rhonda Magee Commenter email: rvmagee@usfca.edu Commenter URL: http://www.usfca.edu/law/faculty/rhonda_magee/ IP address: 108.71.90.50 Authentication: None Enjoy! The Typepad Team P.S.: Learn more about replying to comments. spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif Unpublished spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_publish.png Publish spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_delete.png Delete spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_spam.png Mark as Spam spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_top.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_edit.png Edit Comment spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_buttons_bottom.png spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif email_footer.png email_tp-logo-small.gif Typepad, Inc. 180 Townsend Street, San Francisco, CA 94107 Manage Notifications | Support | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy
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Although this article uses the neuromythology of right brain/left brain, and is focusing on the medical profession, it nevertheless includes some observations that could prove useful for lawyers and other conflict practitioners. From an article in Philadelphia's The Inquirer "Restoring left-brain activities to medical school" (a title that is puzzling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at idealawg
Over the years, I have learned that people reading this blog come from a wide range of belief systems, including atheist, agnostic, and those involved to large or small degree in various spiritual and religious practices. Although this blog post to which I am linking today is written by a Christian and part of the post is from a Christian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
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A colleague and close friend of mine is in San Diego this weekend attending a Remo Drums HealthRHYTHMS course, being taught by Christine Stevens (videos of Stevens). I am looking forward to hearing all about what she learned when she returns to Colorado because for many years I have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at idealawg
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T-shirt from this year's APS conference Does resolving conflict require learning? Typically, yes, of course. If no one in the dispute learns anything new, the conflict will probably remain unresolved. That's one of the reasons learning is often mentioned here at BonP. In May, I attended the 26th annual convention of the Association of Psychological Science; some of the presentations... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
Here's another presentation from this year's APS Convention available for all to view. Click to watch Stress: Mechanisms and Consequences. From the accompanying article: You probably don’t need statistics to appreciate the pervasive role of stress in American life, but the numbers are there if you do. A recent Stress... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at idealawg
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Nelson Dellis reviews 100 numbers in his memory Most of the presentations I attended last week at the 26th Annual APS (Association for Psychological Science) Convention were extremely valuable and I learned much about, e.g., the latest science. However one of the programs stood out as not only a good... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at idealawg
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This woman has focused on several of the topics we look at here at idealawg so when I learned of her existence I was intrigued. First, Laura Deutsch is a life-after-law story to add to our collection. Plus, she lives in Marin County where I attended high school for my... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at idealawg
Click to watch Dr. Willoughby Britton talk to the Dalai Lama about her research on the negative effects of meditation. He responds that problems can occur when the practice is decontextualized and is not grounded in tradition, knowledge, ethics, and morality. So often today we see people blithely stripping off the practice from its tradition and using meditation for be-here-now,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
What background do you need to succeed as a mediator? Any advantages to being a lawyer? Challenges and rewards in this field? These are some of the questions answered by mediation old-timers in "Who Wants To Be A Mediator?" (Dispute Resolution Magazine), an article written back in 2010. Excerpt: All... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at idealawg
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Everyday the media report science findings and the journals churn out research articles. In addition to feeling inundated, the lay reader may also wonder what's accurate and what's suspect and what's downright bogus. Here are three articles that can remind us to be discerning. First is an interview with neuroscience researcher Dr. Willoughby Britton. Although she is addressing the science... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
This research may be helpful to clients and colleagues. News release from North Carolina State University: Study Highlights Importance of Parents Talking to Kids about Money A new study from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas finds that children pay close attention to issues related to money,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at idealawg
Click to read an article which first appeared in the CAALA Advocate (September, 2013), written by Gail Killefer. Summary The author reviews a workshop led by Gary Friedman for the Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Friedman’s presentation emphasized the benefits of working with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at idealawg
Yes, a sad irony, Amanda. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Stephanie West Allen, JD http://www.brainsonpurpose.com http://www.alleninchallenge.com http://www.idealawg.net Denver, CO USA Typepad HTML Email
If you teach or train, this might be a good essay to read. The author includes five lessons she learned from not excelling in a class, the last of which I quote below. What do you think? Write a new personal narrative. For me, one of the most empowering outcomes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at idealawg
From "The Trouble with Mirror Neurons" (mindful): When researchers discovered neurons in monkey brains that fired when an action was performed or observed, they were dubbed “mirror neurons.” And they quickly became the go-to explanation for empathy. Decades later, says Sharon Begley, the evidence that human beings have them is sketchy at best. ... Mirror neurons were indeed a paradigm-changing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Brains On Purpose™
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Have you heard the parable about truths and facts trying to get heard and being ignored? In the second part of the tale, story comes along: she takes the same information, wraps it in a narrative and is heard. There are many versions of this story, but in all of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2014 at idealawg