I, Carol Kapaun Ratchenski am a writer, a mom, a sister, a partner, a friend, a counselor and a Unitarian Universalist. I am a Unitarian because the principles of our faith reflect what matters most to me in this messy world and because the community provides for me a place to mindfully practice these principles. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo Moorhead is a community, a place to be, a place to grow, a place to have a place. (Hum a few bars of the Cheers song with me now, everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. . .) It is a community of conversation, support and friendship, a place for me to contribute and a place that challenges me and nurtures me—a home.
I will be blogging here, posting most often, on the 1st Friday of each month. I am a Compassionate Communication Trainer, work based on the philosophy of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. (www.cnvc.org) I provide consultation to organizations and businesses using NVC in the workplace to create supportive, creative, risk-taking leadership and outcomes. I write within my professional field of counseling and also poetry and fiction and my favorite—prose poetry. I was long ago inspired by the prose poetry of Margaret Atwood (Murder in the Dark) and continue to love this genre, also called flash fiction.
I have a novel and a collection of prose poems that will soon be available on Smashwords and I will keep readers here informed. All this aside, the counseling, the writing and consulting, what I do is read. I will be reviewing and recommending books here monthly. Currently I am reading An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin, yeah, that Steve Martin as in “boy can he play a banjo” and early Saturday Night Live fame, Daring Greatly, a book on shame and vulnerability by Brene’ Brown and poems by Sharon Olds.
The best book of my reading year so far is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Come back next month to see if this is still true! Lastly, a quote for all of us for the month:
“If only we listened with the same passion that we feel about being heard.” –Harriet Lerner