A Note from Arlene

Arlene Harder

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Diversions, Part 5: Puns in Honor of My Husband

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 Part 1.

Today you will find a new format for the Diversions for You and Your Friends card that is designed for printing. The form of the card I send every Monday that is to be read online remains the same.

However, recently, someone for whom I’ve been sending cards said that one of the things she most appreciates is that I include her name. She feels as though I have written it for her, and haven’t just sent something that everyone else would get. She knows I also send that same card to others, but because I include a short note to her, it feels more personal.

This made me think that perhaps the card that I’ve designed needs space for you to write a few words. So, I have left space at the beginning of the card that you can use to personalize the card with a few thoughts of your own.

Let me know how this works for you.


This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Puns in Honor of My Husband.” You can use this Diversion several ways.

1. Read “Puns in Honor of My Husband” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print the PDF and send it to someone. 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.)

An Agnostic’s Encounter with God, Part 2

This post was originally an article on the Support4Change website. Because if its length, it has been broken up into 4 parts, and posted on Thursdays. Begin with Part 1.

This personal story describes the gradual movement from religious faith to agnosticism to spiritual awareness.

Preparing a Path for Spirit to Enter

Without benefit of church or faith, for many years I focused on raising my family. Along the way I ran into many problems that perfectionists like myself tend to create in their lives and went through lots of therapy, both individual therapy and a variety of growth groups, all of which helped me deal with my issues of control and low self-esteem.

However, it was especially when I studied Psychosynthesis, a holistic approach to human growth and development, that the seeds of a spiritual experience were planted. This school of psychology was developed in the middle of the last century by the Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assogioli. And since the term “psychosynthesis” refers to the “psyche” or self and to “synthesis” or integration, you might say it is a method for getting your act together or integrating the self. Here is how Eva Fugitt, teacher and author of He Hit Me Back First!, describes it: Read More

Diversions, Part 4: Imagery Introduction

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 Part 1.

This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is Imagery Introduction. You can use this Diversion several ways.

1. Read 04 – Imagery Intro – Long – 3-20-17 or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print the PDF and send it to someone. 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.)

An Agnostic’s Encounter With God, Part 1

This post was originally an article on the Support4Change website. Because if its length, it will be broken up into 4 parts, and posted over the next 4 Thursdays.

This personal story describes the gradual movement from religious faith to agnosticism to spiritual awareness.

Exploring What the Word “God” Means

I was a preacher’s kid. Raised in the Lutheran church, I belonged to Luther League when I was a teenager, attended the fine Lutheran college of Wittenberg in Ohio, and came to California as a parish worker for a Lutheran church. My first two children were baptized in that church. But like a number of preacher’s kids I’ve known, I left the church in which I was raised.

By the time our twins were born I had begun questioning the precepts on which my beliefs were based. It started with trying to understand just what people meant when they referred to God. I knew it wasn’t possible to get my mind around the concept of an all-powerful, all-encompassing, ever-present being, whether one called it “God” or some other name. But I tried. Read More

Diversions, Part 3: Laughter in Court

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a new feature of the blog, which will appear every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Part 1.

This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is Laughter in Court. You can use this Diversion several ways.

1. Read 03 – Laughter in Court – Long – 3-13-17 or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print the PDF and send it to someone. 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.)