Lesson one begins with a video.

After watching the video, spend the rest of the week practicing this week’s exercises.
Before moving on to next week’s lesson, complete and submit the cause and effect worksheet below. 

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Teaching Logic in a Whackadoodle World

In a world swirling with illogic, a frustrated mother hires an online tutor to help her daughter make sense of it all. The lessons they share provide a blueprint in critical thinking that we can all use in a wold surrounded by fake news, non sequiturs, ad hock excuses, and poor reasoning. Part story, part logic class, Teaching Logic in a Whackadoodle World takes its readers on a humorous journey though the many logical fallacies that permeate our politics and our world.

Invisible Friends Series: How to Give Constructive Criticism

“I actually don’t like the term constructive criticism,” he said shaking his head. “It sends the wrong message.”
“How do you mean?”
“Well criticism is pointing out what someone has done wrong. That’s never constructive. It’s one of those oxymorphisism thingies.”
“You mean oxymoron?”
“Yeah, like if I say that’s a giant shrimp, or it’s an open secret. Same thing with constructive criticism. The only thing criticism ever does is make people defensive, or depressed. It never builds anything constructive.”

It’s funny how inspiration works

Lynn Marie Sager has a new book
Navigating Life Though Tubulent Tides
Book Description:
Fourteen years after her first book, a retired self-help expert is confronted by the principles she taght. When their demands to know why she has been ignoring them receive an unsatisfactory answer, the principles take over and insist on telling their own story, resulting in a unique, insightful, and humorous guide to getting the most out of our turbulent times. Read more to take a look inside the book.

A Spoonfull of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down

I came home from work today and walked into a bit of a quagmire. My Dad caught me before I could even drop my bags and said with a face full of concern, “Your Mother and Tani had a huge fight. They aren’t talking, and your Mother keeps crying and saying that she just wants to die, so she can be with your brother.”

The Four Agreements and Why I Take Them Personally

Recently, a friend introduced me to “The Four agreements.” Like so many, my she lives by then, and she was eager to share their wisdom with me. In case you are as unfamiliar with “The Four Agreements” as I was, they come from a book by Miguel Ruiz entitled, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book), which Oprah loves.

What you say about others, says everything about you.

“Did you see the nasty look  that man just gave me?”
“He didn’t give it to you mommy.
You had it when you came in.”
Reflection has always been my favorite of the rules. It’s influence permiates all the rules, and incoprorating it into your understanding of the river is essential to successful journeying…

Personality Tests and Behavioral Masks: Correcting a missconception about both

Is Your Personality Determined by Birth, or Can It Change Over Time? Truth is, we all wear behavioral masks…

Stop Driving Me Crazy: Reflections from the River

A new student, who is just starting down the river, sent me an e-mail that ended, “I hope you have a section in your lessons on how to not let (my co-worker) drive my crazy.” I know that she meant it as a joke, but strangely enough the rules of the river do deal with how to not let people drive you crazy…

How to Handle Conflict Using Healthy Skepticism

What if I were to tell you,”The sun won’t come up tomorrow.”? You would probably dismiss me as either insane or ridiculous, at least that is what several people did when I said, “the sun won’t come up,” to them today. When I added, “The sun didn’t come up today,” they all emphatically said that it did come up. You are probably thinking the same…

A Case Study that Defines Pet Peeves and Turns Them Into Positives

The Urban Dictionary defines Pet Peeve as “Something that maybe a bit annoying to most people but is very annoying or upsetting to a particular person. Related to the word peeve meaning an annoyance or grievance, a pet peeve is something that a person has adopted (like a pet) to be extra annoying or upsetting to them.” Pet Peeves become a problem whenever we allow our actions to be ruled by them, and unfortunately, I have a pet peeve. Luckily, I also have fourteen “river rules” to help me turn that peeve into a current worth exploring…

This Week’s Exercises 
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Make a list of situations that you would like to see less of in your life

In your journal, make a list of thinks and situations that you would like to see less of in your life, and then brainstorm as many causes for those things and situations as you can. Do not worry about solutions, just consider the causes.

An example might be: I want less stress in my life

Possible causes of stress: taking on to much, not saying no, spending time with stressed out people, etc.

Add to your list throughout the week.

Make a list of situations that you would like to see more of in your life

In your journal, make a list of thinks and situations that you would like to see more of in your life, and then brainstorm as many causes for those things and situations as you can. Do not worry about solutions, just consider the causes.

An example might be: I want more joy in my life

Possible causes of joy: giving to others, spending time with people who make me laugh, etc.

Add to your list throughout the week.

Lesson One Assignment

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