A Note from Arlene

Arlene Harder

Welcome to the Support4Change Blog!

I have had a continuous online presence for more than sixteen years with four websites, the last of which was Support4Change. Now I am in the process of bringing many of my previous articles here to my blog.

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Diversions, Number 22: Five Ways of Looking at Yourself

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Five Ways of Looking at Yourself.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

  1. Online version. Read “Five Ways of Looking at Yourself” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.
  2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

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Religious Lives and Spiritual Quests

In expanding your search for spiritual awareness, how can you be sure you are heading in a direction that is best for you?

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The Garden of Eden as a Metaphor for Today

The story of the Garden of Eden is considered by many as evidence of man’s fall from grace and need for forgiveness because he dared seek knowledge of good and evil, taking upon himself a privilege the powerful, all-knowing God didn’t want him to have. Taken a step farther, however, you can also view the story as a metaphor for a basic conflict of the human condition.

You can choose to remain in the garden in obedience to the rules of the house, so to speak, maintain your innocence, and the authorities will give you the gift of happiness and immortality. No work required. No need to struggle with questions of what to believe. No troublesome working through of complex issues. Read More

Diversions, Number 21: Fun Facts

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Number 1, or you can visit the Diversions Archive.

pinnochioThis week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Fun Facts.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

  1. Online version. Read “Fun Facts” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.
  2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

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You Need Both Sides of Your Brain

This article originally appeared on the Support4Change website, and is reposted here.

Because both sides of our brains are used for different purposes, it is  important to recognize how to use them separately and together.

left-brain-right-brainOne summer day in the historic Chautauqua grounds in Upstate New York, I sat in the audience listening to a lecture on the brain. The speaker identified the corpus callosum as the longitudinal fissure connecting the left and right cerebral hemispheres. She said that the female has a 20% larger corpus callosum than males, allowing them to see relationships between ideas better than men. The women in the crowd laughed and applauded. We’ve always known our minds worked differently than men’s. Read More