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Hear Me Speak at the Pennsylvania Permanency Conference!

On Thursday, July 11th 2013 at 3:45pm I will be speaking at the 21st Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference at the Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center. In just under two hours I will be tackling the subject of transforming difficult behaviors without employing rewards or consequences. Yes, indeed I shall! And, you should be there.

To give you a more thorough peek into my talk, here are some highlights that I’ll be sharing:

  • Brain sensitivity resulting from trauma
  • Amygdala reactivity
  • Link between feelings of shame and unworthiness & negative behavior
  • Building self esteem with encouragement
  • Strengthening the bond & building a secure base even with older children
  • The value of playfulness in attachment
  • Contol vs. influence-changing opposition to cooperation
  • parenting strategies that strengthen attachment

To register, CLICK HERE.


Two Imagine 2013 Whimsical ART wall calendar

It was incredibly fun to create this calendar with Judy Tollefson (in Maine) using “the cloud” . . . I’m in Pennsylvania using Wuala software.

We were fast friends, had an explosive misunderstanding/falling-out, and were unable to talk to each other for 16 years. That we have been able to reconnect and weave this calendar together of my paintings and Judy’s drawings is nothing short of miraculous. We hope you will take a look and share our delight.

It will be available to purchase online shortly for $25 (or 3 for $60). Watch for it at:

Makes a fun gift...

2013 Holiday Celebration & SALE

We are celebrating the production of a 2013 graphic artist’s dream CALENDAR designed by and featuring the art of Meredith Mustard & Judy Tollefson.

We (Meredith and Judy) were fast friends, had an explosive misunderstanding/falling-out, and were unable to talk to each other for 16 years. That we have been able to reconnect and put this calendar together (of Meredith’s paintings and Judy’s drawings) is nothing short of miraculous. We hope you will  take a look and share our delight. The calendar as well as beautiful knitted christmas stockings, fun earrings, paintings, and calligraphy will be available for sale.

We will provide an opportunity for you to make gifts with your children and learn a valuable parenting skill: How to encourage your child with words that build self-esteem.  

The sale will benefit Harambee Arts and Heifer International.

Holiday flyer

Save the dates: December 8th & 9th 2013

Finding Your Voice–Creative Workshop

In Terry Tempest William’s most recent
book, When Women Were Birds, she explores
the mystery her mother left her when she died …

“My mother had left me her journals, and all her journals were blank. I had hoped to find her deepest thoughts, her dreams, her struggles, alongside her wisdom. What she left me were her silences.”






What is written in the silent pages of your life? 


What are the thoughts, hopes and dreams that have never fully taken shape or been heard outside the silent chambers of your mind? What are the struggles, fears and wisdom that you have never voiced? What are your unique brilliancies – your gifts to share with the world?

Finding Your Voice: A Journey of Knowing
& Becoming Your True Self is an opportunity
to join with other women who are seeking…
seeking to know and become their true selves.

A journey in two parts…

A One Day Retreat: Sunday, October 28, 2012 Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: 524 Sproul Road, Villanova, PA

Six Weekly Sojourns: Tuesday evenings November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4 & 11 Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm

To get more information about the workshop and how to enroll click here…

Finding Your Voice flyer

Art SALE to raise funds for a trip to Nepal to work with traumatized women who escaped from human trafficking

Meredith Mustard Open Art Studio Sale

In June, I will be joining Gloria Simoneaux ( in Nepal to conduct a training for women who are survivors of human trafficking. They will be empowered to reach out to other women who have experienced the same trauma. I worked with Gloria in San Francisco as a board member and facilitator for DrawBridge, an arts program for homeless children. We share a similar approach to reaching and connecting with survivors of trauma; I, with attachment-challenged children and she, with traumatized women and children around the world.

Gloria spent the past five years doing this work in Africa and recently returned from Haiti where she trained adults to carry on her work.

Shakti Samuha ( is the first organization in Nepal established and run by survivors of trafficking. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to support these women and this organization.

I hope you will join me May 19th and 20th to have fun and support this vital work. Sunday afternoon we will be marbling paper and you will have an opportunity to try your hand at this amazing and magical process. I will also be showing calligraphy, earrings, and paintings for your enjoyment and for sale.