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Each month, Luckett Davidson, founder of Touchstone Guides, shares a note highlighting Touchstone Guides' products, thoughts from the community on how the tools are used, a Powerful Question, and links to the people, places and things that inspire her! 

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

May 2021

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Hi my friends, Happy May - This month I’m thinking about the tale of my dragon tail.

A few years back as a part of a centering practice, I learned to envision my dragon tail - the part of myself that supports me, that I take with me no matter where I go or what befalls me. 

 

My dragon tail is big and thick, substantial and powerful. It contains my wisdom, my experience, my decisions, and their consequences, my learning, my heritage - both what I am aware of and what I am not.  I lean back on it.  I transcend and include what is there - letting go of what I must and building on what I can.

 


Click here to download a FREE dragon tail image for you to draw or write or paste photos of what’s in YOUR dragon tail.

 

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

Summer 2021

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Happy summer, my friends -

This month I’m thinking about what has shaped me.  As resident coach and illustrator for NC3 (Neighborhood Center for Community Change), I heard the phrase Creative, Resourceful and Whole. Nice, I thought, it’s a way to acknowledge the value of all other humans no matter what their circumstances or accomplishments. It gave me more language for, and understanding of, dignity and trust - of myself and others.


My illustration of the phrase was at first a figure with long arms holding a huge space that emanated from the heart.  But what else was in that big space?  What did Creative Resourceful and Whole look like or mean? How could each of us show up in that way?

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

April 2021

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Hello friends -

Since we heard about the guilty verdict, I’m thinking more about what’s mine to do in my commitment to justice and equity. I’m encouraged that the officer has been convicted and will be sentenced. But what have I done, or left undone, that has contributed to us taking so long to get to this place.

Here are some of my thoughts as I look through the lens of the Accountability Pathway, our featured tool for April.
 

 

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

March 2021

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Hi there my friends -

The role of this monthly newsletter emerges and will evolve. Today, the first day of spring, seems like a good time to bring forth what’s been on my mind and heart for years. It is the month for Powerful Questions. These are some of mine:

In my great-grandmother’s photo album, there were two portraits that most puzzled me. When I was a little girl, my grandmother spread the album on the library table and slowly turned the pages, telling me the names and stories. The most intriguing were the two that didn’t look like me at all - Uncle Bob Everett and Grandma’s Mary. Uncle Bob was old and Black and Mary looked to be mixed race, middle-aged and fierce. Grandma’s Mary’s story is for another day but Uncle Bob - now there’s a family hero, at least that’s what I heard in the story I was told.
In the portrait, Uncle Bob portrays the dignity and self-possession of an elder statesman. He is seated in a rocking chair, holding his cane lightly. But his clothing is well-worn, even shabby.
What was his story?
How did he come to be considered a family hero?

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

February 2021

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Hi there.
 
Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

May 2021

Dragon tail LJD 5-15-21.jpg

Hi my friends, Happy May - This month I’m thinking about the tale of my dragon tail.

A few years back as a part of a centering practice, I learned to envision my dragon tail - the part of myself that supports me, that I take with me no matter where I go or what befalls me. 

 

My dragon tail is big and thick, substantial and powerful. It contains my wisdom, my experience, my decisions, and their consequences, my learning, my heritage - both what I am aware of and what I am not.  I lean back on it.  I transcend and include what is there - letting go of what I must and building on what I can.

 


Click here to download a FREE dragon tail image for you to draw or write or paste photos of what’s in YOUR dragon tail.

 

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

Summer 2021

Luckett Davidson Touchstone Guides Creative Resourceful and Whole copyright 2020 .jpg

Happy summer, my friends -

This month I’m thinking about what has shaped me.  As resident coach and illustrator for NC3 (Neighborhood Center for Community Change), I heard the phrase Creative, Resourceful and Whole. Nice, I thought, it’s a way to acknowledge the value of all other humans no matter what their circumstances or accomplishments. It gave me more language for, and understanding of, dignity and trust - of myself and others.


My illustration of the phrase was at first a figure with long arms holding a huge space that emanated from the heart.  But what else was in that big space?  What did Creative Resourceful and Whole look like or mean? How could each of us show up in that way?

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

April 2021

Luckett Davidson Touchstone Guides Accountability Pathway wrmk1.jpg

Hello friends -

Since we heard about the guilty verdict, I’m thinking more about what’s mine to do in my commitment to justice and equity. I’m encouraged that the officer has been convicted and will be sentenced. But what have I done, or left undone, that has contributed to us taking so long to get to this place.

Here are some of my thoughts as I look through the lens of the Accountability Pathway, our featured tool for April.
 

 

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

March 2021

UBob from Maude's album 2021-03-12.tiff
Hi there my friends -

The role of this monthly newsletter emerges and will evolve. Today, the first day of spring, seems like a good time to bring forth what’s been on my mind and heart for years. It is the month for Powerful Questions. These are some of mine:

In my great-grandmother’s photo album, there were two portraits that most puzzled me. When I was a little girl, my grandmother spread the album on the library table and slowly turned the pages, telling me the names and stories. The most intriguing were the two that didn’t look like me at all - Uncle Bob Everett and Grandma’s Mary. Uncle Bob was old and Black and Mary looked to be mixed race, middle-aged and fierce. Grandma’s Mary’s story is for another day but Uncle Bob - now there’s a family hero, at least that’s what I heard in the story I was told.
In the portrait, Uncle Bob portrays the dignity and self-possession of an elder statesman. He is seated in a rocking chair, holding his cane lightly. But his clothing is well-worn, even shabby.
What was his story?
How did he come to be considered a family hero?

Hi there. Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

February 2021

My Post (47).jpg
Hi there.
 
Happy Valentine wishes for each of you!  At our house, we celebrate Valentine's Day for a whole month. I hang red hearts and red ribbons throughout the house as I take down the Christmas decorations.  They fill me with joy and light up the cold grays of January - reminding me of the love that lives in me, and for and in the people, like you, whom I hold dear...

September/October 2021

Happy Autumn friends -

While we are always experiencing change, New Chapters are the changes and transitions that we name and mark. In everyone’s life Next Chapters come with retirement, or birth, or a loved one’s death, or a frightening diagnosis, or a marriage, or moving house. They are all marked by significant shifts in trap lines and daily energy highs and lows. Some of the happy and welcome changes surprise us by being just as challenging as the unforeseen and unwanted. 

We also experience the annual shifts as seasons change. Even those may require some significant moves in gardens, closets, activities and points of view.
 

Some New Chapters that we face right now are especially challenging. The global health crisis makes it even harder to cope with and accept the normal ups and downs of our lives. Because of the pandemic, our next chapter isn’t quite next yet. We’re tossed back into the pandemic soup to thrash around a bit more. I wonder:
 

How will each of us be uniquely different after, and if, we recover?