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Book Club Reads About Psychotherapy

The June selection is an intriguing book about psychotherapy and past life traumas. On June 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. join others to discuss Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian L. Weiss. .The book’s subtitle is: “The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives.”   The book, published in 1988, was a best seller and an Oprah choice.

The author, a psychotherapist, said he was skeptical when a patient discussed past life traumas that related to her current nightmares and anxiety attacks. She later apparently channeled conversations from the doctor’s dead son.  The book talks about his use of past-life therapy in helping patients. 

Women will gather  at the home of Jennifer Crittenden to discuss the  book. Call 633-2817 for directions.

Liz Pruchnicki, Syracuse,  shows Ralph Best, Baldwinsville,  where to find the maze made of hedges at Sycamore Hill Gardens.

Liz Pruchnicki, Syracuse, shows Ralph Best, Baldwinsville, where to find the maze made of hedges at Sycamore Hill Gardens.

Many Enjoyed  Private Gardens May 17

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the WTB May meeting at beautiful Sycamore Hill Gardens on  May 17. For four hours people walked the gardens, chatted with friends or shared a picnic lunch.

Many commented on the beauty of the gardens on this 80-degree day and how nature helps some of us feel our spirituality or connect with a Higher Power.

The Hanford family opens its private gardens to just a few non-profit groups to use as a fund-raiser  each year. WTB is grateful that we are one the family supports.

This is the last meeting for the 14-15 year. The Council will be planning great programs for our next year, beginning in September. Come back here to find out about them.

Speakers Talked About Human Trafficking, Even in Syracuse

The speakers said one of the busiest times for trafficking locally is the State Fair.

Eliza Morales and Erin Yeager spoke at the April 19 meeting. Morales said one of the busiest times for trafficking locally is the State Fair.

The clues are common, say the experts:  a young female teen with a boyfriend in his 20s who showers her with compliments, clothes and jewelry.   He hangs around a mall, park or store where young teens hang out and befriends her. She’s thrilled with the attention and spends all her time with him.  But he’s nothing more than a sex trafficker luring her into the sex industry, according to a short video, “Chosen,” shown at WTB’s April 19 meeting.

The film focused on two young women who found the flattering from an older man to be exciting but before they knew it, they were lured to another city, a strip club and then prostitution.

Two local experts who spoke after the video said that most people’s stereotypes of the victims and the traffickers are probably wrong. The victims are not from certain areas or socio-economic status. They could be your neighbor. They are not just women, and not just internationals. They see many men and LGBTQ teens.

We met at Interfaith Works new offices.

We met at Interfaith Works new offices on James St.

Most victims get referred to McMahon Ryan Child Protective Services and work with a case worker. The agency is more reactive than proactive but staff are doing training next with clinics and hospitals, and then hope to do more education in the schools.

InterFaith Works hosted WTB’s meeting at its new headquarters at 1010 James St. where all is programs are now in the same building.

Neighbors Get Tapestry Garden Ready

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Neighbors living around Isabella Street met on an April  Saturday with volunteers from Syracuse Grows to clean up the Tapestry Garden and ready it for planting. WTB started the garden more than five years ago and it has provided food for North Side neighbors ever since.

Roslynn Jakes-Johnson, a teacher at Bob’s School,  who volunteers with Syracuse Grows is coordinating the garden with her adult students from Bhutan, Burma and Ethiopia.  She said they will be planting chili peppers, beans, okra, tomatoes, cucumbers,  brocolli and more.

“You work together, you and harvest together,” she said, explaining the rule for the garden.

Other organizations assisting in this project over the years have been WTB,  SUNY-ESF and Franciscan Ministries.

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