Monthly Archives: August 2016

How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 13th Century’s Answer to Tumblr | Atlas Obscura

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Visual Journals Are Ancient and Ever New:

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       I just had to share this wonderful essay from Atlas Obscura, one of my new favorite resources. Keeping visual journals is becoming ever more popular in art therapy circles and with those looking for ways to live a more thoughtful life. The “Zilbadone” invented by Venetian merchants is probably the original visual journal; Leonardo’s Notebooks the most famous ones. Whether you keep a visual journal or not, enjoy this journey into the history of a very useful practice.

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“After their invention by Venetian merchants, forms of these books were kept by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Thomas Jefferson.”

Source: How to Keep a Zibaldone, the 13th Century’s Answer to Tumblr | Atlas Obscura

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Health benefits for seniors learning to play musical instruments | SBS News

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Music and Aging, It’s Never Too Late to Begin:

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     I have posted many times about the power of music as we grow older–not just listening to it but also playing an instrument, even if we have never done so before. New research from Western Sydney University adds to a growing body of literature on the healing and developmental powers of music. today’s post shares some of the findings with you.

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“Researchers at the Western Sydney University’s MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development say even a small amount of musical training can have long-lasting effects, particularly for seniors. They say playing a musical instrument in retirement is one of the best ways to stay mentally and physically agile.”

Source: Health benefits for seniors learning to play musical instruments | SBS News

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How Music Helps Us Grieve – Brain Pickings

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The Transforming Power of Music in Our Lives:

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     Brain Pickings is one of my favorite resources and a true treasure, freely available to all. In today’s post, Maria Popova shares the power of music to assist us as we grieve the many losses in our lives. This is the perfect weekend read, accompanied, of course, by music.

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“The springs of our reaction to music lie deeper than thought.”

Source: How Music Helps Us Grieve – Brain Pickings

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How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes – The Diane Rehm Show

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The Healing Power of Music in Medicine:

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     As research continues for my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life, I realize that after I have finished the foundation book and a resource guide on Music and Health, I will work on a full length book on the power of music in our lives and communities. I am a great admirer of Diane Rehm and today’s post is a great contribution to understanding how music is being integrated into medicine at every level.

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“Music is increasingly being used to aid patients in intensive care units. And studies indicate music can help patients recover from strokes and sleep disorders. What research on music and the brain could mean for medical treatments.”

Source: How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes – The Diane Rehm Show

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Bard Prison Initiative

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The Arts & Humanities in Prison Rehabilitation:

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Story People by Brian Andreas

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     As a former university professor and dean and a critic of the way universities are developing, I am delighted to share information about an institution I have always admired, Bard College. Among the college’s other outstanding programs, the Bard Prison Initiative is helping to lead the way in serious rehabilitation for prisoners. Learn about this work and the consortium established by Bard with other colleges to spread the work.

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“The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences.”

Source: Bard Prison Initiative

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How music affects us | Playlist | TED.com

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The Power of Music in Our Lives:

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     As the weekend begins, check out these great Ted talks on how music affects our lives. Choose some music you love, listen to it, play it if you know an instrument, sing. You will feel better, stronger, and happier!

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Source: How music affects us | Playlist | TED.com

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What if They Spend Their Whole Childhood Playing? | Happiness is here

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Play–The Essential Foundation for Human Development:

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     Play is the foundation for all learning and development. When we limit the opportunities for children to explore and play, we damage their future and ours. Today’s post from one of my new discoveries, Happiness Is Here, should be read by all parents and teachers as we begin the new school year.

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“I couldn’t homeschool, my kids would just want to play all day!” So what if they did? Really. Think about it. What if they did? What if they were allowed to do what children do best, play? All day. What … Continue reading →

Source: What if They Spend Their Whole Childhood Playing? | Happiness is here

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Joan Webb just turned 90 and is about to graduate with a PhD – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Congratulations to Joan Webb and the University of Tasmania!

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      I just found this report from ABC Australia and had to share it immediately! Regular readers of this blog know that I am a great admirer of the University of Tasmania, it’s Wicking Dementia Research Center, and the free online courses on dementia it offers. This is an inspiring story from Down Under and a tribute to the strength, resilience, and creativity of seniors!

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“Teaching classes in aged care facilities inspires a woman to undertake a PhD focusing on empowering older people.”

Source: Joan Webb just turned 90 and is about to graduate with a PhD – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Aging: What’s Art Got To Do With It?

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Integrating the Arts into Healthcare, the New Renaissance:

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     One of the major themes of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life is the integration of the arts into healthcare. It is one of the most important developments in medicine in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. I plan to publish a resource guide in my Living Through Creativity series on this development. It is particularly important to understand the importance of the arts in geriatric care. Today’s post is an excellent introduction. Kudos to Today’s Geriatric Medicine for the article.

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Source: Aging: What’s Art Got To Do With It?

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Aroha Philanthropies grants nearly $500K for Seeding Artful Aging programs

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Some Ideas on the Arts and Aging from Aroha Philanthropies:

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     Regular readers of this blog know that creative aging is a theme central to my book in progress and the planned resource guide on creative expression and aging. Over the next few months I will be preparing to launch The School of Creative Aging. Aroha Philanthropies in San Francisco is supporting artful aging through a series of small grants to organizations across the country. Check them out; perhaps one of these ideas would be suitable for your community!

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Source: Aroha Philanthropies grants nearly $500K for Seeding Artful Aging programs

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