Thursday, March 28, 2019

Help for Introverted Teens and Those who Love Them

Carl Jung, a famous twentieth-century psychologist, was the first to introduce the terms “introvert” and “extrovert” to describe the ways various people interact with the outside world. “Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thoughts and feelings, while their opposites, extroverts, crave the external world of people and activities.” Most people are not extreme introverts or extroverts, but instead fall somewhere on a spectrum, leaning more to one side than another.

In recent years, Susan Cain, founder of The Quiet Revolution ( has done much to help introverts make the most of their personality traits in the world and to help extroverts understand where introverts are coming from. 

Cain’s book Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts is designed to help introverted teenagers understand the good things about being introverts as well as to help them function well in society. Cain offers solid practical advice on surviving and thriving in school, coping with group projects, making friends, and pursuing their passions.

Quiet Power is an excellent resource for introverted teens as well as their parents and teachers. Introverts and extroverts have much to offer each other and society at large. Communities, whether they be families, schools, or workplaces function better when both groups are understood, supported, and encouraged.

Monday, March 04, 2019

New "Watercolor" Quilt

I finished my latest quilt project last night. This is a "watercolor" lap quilt made up primarily of 2.5" squares of color with some applique thrown in (in the garden portion). It is supposed to be a sunset, trees, water, and garden as if you were looking out a window onto a scene. Of course, this looked very different in my mind when I started it, but I'm pleased with how it came out.

Now the challenge is to come up with a new idea. On the plus side, these projects take me 1 - 2 years (I only work on them a couple hours a week) so once I have one, it keeps me busy for quite a while.

Making the Most of <i>Menopause Moments</i>

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