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While we're all at home, living with our families, or living alone, managing work, nor not managing work, managing friends and family from a distance, the work of Marshall Rosenberg as interpreted by the Chopra Center really resonates to me. Take what you want, leave t...

When we denigrate our child's other parent, we denigrate our child.  Your child is part you and part the parent, and your child knows this.  Like it or not, he or she is part you and part the other.  Learn how to avoid these trappings by taking part in Common Ground's...

What is Restorative Justice? Sometimes, Restorative Justice ("RJ") is only partially understood. Sometimes, it is perceived only as a "less punitive" or "non-retributive approach towards meeting-out justice for a crime committed." It is much more than that. According t...

November 8, 2018

Thank you everyone for a very successful and fun event, held on September 27, 2018!   To help celebrate the coming of Fall, we gathered at the beautiful Tydeman Farm barn in Germantown, NY, which had been generously opened to us by hosts Lyndsay and Brian Shea.  This y...

Like many of us, including David Brooks, I am a steadfast supporter of gay marriage.  This article, however, speaks to the very nature of our work as community builders and restorative practices of bringing difficult conversations to the table rather than the court roo...

November 9, 2015


It's never an easy decision to know when you should turn in your keys and lose a great degree of indpendence.  When will I know? When can we talk to Mom about this?  These hard decisons are best made in advance, but often are not. At any time, these are stressful peri...

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