SYLVIA MENDEZ at renaming of Sylvia Mendez Elementary in Berkeley, CA

Mendez Fought California’s Segregated Schools. Sylvia Mendez was a young girl in the 1940s when her parents fought for Latinos to have access to white schools in the California court case Mendez v. Westminster. They won in 1947. Tonight we honor Sylvia Mendez at the renaming of a school in Berkeley, CA – SYLVIA MENDEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

We have far to go, it’s wonderful to celebrate inclusion and diversity in our schools.

Fail successfully to lower anxiety

“Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.”

Make this 1/5 of your approach to lower anxiety? Don’t let need for perfection get in the way of doing something okay the first time, kinda okay the next three times, then working toward doing it well.

“Don’t always believe what you think.” Positive thinking, and behavior, takes practice. We’re carving new neuro-pathways.

The younger the client, the more therapy is interactive. The first time we do something, or talk openly about how we feel, it may feel awkward. The 19th time will come much easier.

Positive Vocabulary

Practical suggestions and good advice is always welcome. This isn’t a panacea for mental health concerns. Avoid saying, “If I could just…”.

“If I could just exercise more, find the right partner, change jobs, new medication…”. Mental health takes work. Therapy can be difficult, challenging, and part of the “package of support” that leads to lasting change. It’s the combination of things that make a difference.

Doggo Deuce. Deuce has three (3) legs. He was hit by a car years ago. He’s still fast, actually does better running and trotting than he does walking. I ride my mountain bike with him in the Oakland hills, and at Oyster Bay Regional Park in San Leandro, CA.

One of his favorite trails is in Redwood Regional Park, off of Snake Rd in Montclair, Oakland. He won’t fetch a stick, but he loves this orange chuck-it ball.

When I was in a wheelchair, our neighbor said “Now there’s something you don’t see every day, a man in a wheelchair with a three-legged dog.”

No formal training, and not a registered therapy dog, but he’s our family’s therapy dog for sure.

Good boy Deuce!