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Greetings to our friends and supporters,       


I'm sure that some of you out there are already thinking about what your New Year's Resolution ought to be this year.  Anything involving self-improvement is popular - but there is so much pressure to be perfect already, do we really need to add to that? 


If you're a parent, you are probably already doing the very best job that you know how to do, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like enough - especially if you are separated or divorced and trying to play multiple parental roles.  Join us in a guided meditation coming up in January to help you learn how to let go of some of that single parent stress and guilt, and improve your outlook on life!  Make it a New Year's Resolution to be kinder to yourself, and learn to appreciate all the ways in which you are working so hard to raise healthy and happy children!



Peg Libby

Executive Director


In This Issue
6 Things That Keep You From Moving on After Divorce
December 2014 Calendar of Events

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Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Anxiety, Mental Stress

Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter  


My mom began meditating decades ago, long before the mind-calming practice had entered the wider public consciousness.  Today, at age 81, she still goes to a weekly meditation group and quotes Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk known for his practice of mindfulness, or "present-focused awareness."


Although meditation still isn't exactly mainstream, many people practice it, hoping to stave off stress and stress-related health problems.  Mindfulness meditation, in particular, has become more popular in recent years.

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Separation, Divorce & Dads (Portland)

Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

January 6, 2015


Support Groups for Kids

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Tuesdays, 4:30 - 5:45 pm

January 6 - February 10, 2015


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January 7 - February 11, 2015


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Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

January 7 - February 11, 2015


Free Evening Workshop

Living Through Divorce: Calming the Storm (meditation)

Monday, January 12, 2015

7:00 - 8:30 pm




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