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Starting a New Year

December 28, 2016 • JAK's Place

Are New Year’s resolutions really a good idea? It depends. Change can be hard. New Year’s resolutions are all about changing our habits, and nothing resists change harder than a habit. If we try to change too much at once, the result is all too likely to be failure.

Instead of making an overly ambitious hit-list of everything that’s “wrong” in your life and trying to fix all or most of it, you might want to take some time in a quiet place to sort out what’s most important. Think about what you do that is good for you already, and how you could improve on it just a little here and there. Is there any one thing that is causing serious problems?

Focus on what is most possible. No one changes overnight. Work on small things. Never mind the big picture; it’s time to sweat the details. Just not all of them at once. Cleaning up a mess means sorting things out one at a time, not taking a bulldozer to the whole works. Let go of the guilt feelings that make you attempt too much and fail, thus reinforcing the guilt and regret.

Take one small step at a time, rather than wishing you were at the end of the journey, and you will not stumble. The journey never ends. January First is neither the end of your old life nor the beginning of a new one. It’s only one of many milestones along the way. Don’t think it’s the only one that matters. Becoming more mindful and aware of your habits all year long will do more to help you change them than any one-off New Year’s resolution.

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May Newsletter and Calendar

April 27, 2016 • JAK's Place

MAY IS Mental Health Month!

Along with the spring flowers, we welcome our new Program Director, Jane Herlitz. She brings knowledge and experience that will give JAK’s Place a new life. Her bio will be in next month’s newsletter.Jane Herlitz

There are some notable mental health events in May; see the newsletter for details.

NAMI Doorways, May 2016 (PDF)

May 2016 Calendar (PDF)

Yet another event is a presentation by JAK’s Place staff member, Laura Haglund:

The Art and Nature of Fractals in Nature and Art
Monday, May 16, 6pm, at JAK’s Place
Food for thought with plenty of eye-candy. See what it’s all about and ask questions.

What is a fractal?
Benoit Mandelbrot coined the word in 1975, from the Latin word fractus, which means broken–like fractured, fragmented–or rough. His quest for a new kind of geometry that could be used to describe and measure natural forms led to the discovery of a world of indescribable beauty and wonder.
Mandelbrot was lucky to live in the age of the computer. Creative mathematicians in the past had no way to check similar theories. Fractal geometry needs the fast calculation of a computer because it takes thousands of repetitions to create a shape, and to assign color to every point in it. A fractal formula rendered as an image by a computer can be explored, and different views of it saved.
Now we can see what ancient thinkers knew only by intuition. Fractals are all around us and in us. Everything is fractal.
Fractal Foundation
Fractal Geometry at Yale University

Fractal image

Fractal image

Fractal exploration is a relaxing pastime that requires no knowledge of math, or any extra monetary investment. If you have a computer or a tablet, you can play with fractals

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February Newsletter

January 25, 2016 • JAK's Place

Back on track after taking a month off from the newsletter!

Two awesome events this month that no one should miss:

Monday, Feb. 8, there will be a FREE Community Event at Cross Roads at Big Creek, 6:00 to 7:30pm. with a video presentation, The Inside Story, and live Mental Health Expert Panel. There will be no Open Support Group or NAMI DC General Meeting at JAK’s, so everyone can go.

Sunday, Feb. 14 — bet you could guess this — the 10th Annual Love Festival Concert to benefit JAK’s Place! 2:00pm, Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 W Maple, Sturgeon Bay.

Bone Boys Trombone Ensemble
Jess Holland, Folk Musician
Denise Zenko, Organist
George Sawyn, Classical Guitar & Elizabeth Spaude, Flute
TJ Walker Middle School Choir 8th Grade Chorus, under the direction of Leslie Hill

NAMI Doorways, February 2016

February 2016 Calendar

See you at the concert, Valentine 😉


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August Newsletter

August 5, 2015 • JAK's Place

Oh dear, the Office Gnome got distracted and didn’t get things done. But here at last are the newsletter and calendar for August.

Big event of the month is the CSP Picnic on the 20th, 11-3 at Sunset Park.

NAMI Doorways August 2015 (PDF)

August 2015 Calendar (PDF)

Here is a link to a Youtube video relevant to Seth’s monthly essay:

ReMoved, Part 1

Warning: This video may be highly disturbing to some people.

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June Newsletter

May 30, 2015 • JAK's Place

May was Mental Health Month, but we need to pay attention to mental health all year ’round. So, don’t forget to visit JAK’s Place, check out our library, and try some of our scheduled activities. We have two Tai Chi times now; Seth has added a 2:00 session on Thursdays. Paul Klapatch will be facilitating two Wednesday drumming sessions at JAK’s Place beginning at 1:30 on June 17th and July 15th.
And do stop and see our fantastic irises! The first weeks of June bring a living rainbow to our front yard.

NAMI Doorways June 2015 (PDF)

June 2015 calendar (PDF)

Raffle tickets are now on sale for a lovely new quilt. We need suggestions for locations to display the quilt and sel tickets, and volunteers.

quilt label

Aunt Bettie proudly labels her creations

corner of quilt

corner of quilt

There are more quilt pics on our Facebook page.

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May Newsletter and Calendar

April 24, 2015 • JAK's Place

May is Mental Health Month

And we will celebrate it!

Thursday May 7th 2:00 pm:
Book Discussion at the Door County Sturgeon Bay Library led by Becca Berger, DC Library Director, and Dr. Dennis White, Psychologist. The book being discussed is Stress Fracture, a memoir of Psychosis, by Tara Meissner. All Door County Library Branches have a gift copy that was donated last October during Mental Illness Awareness Week by NAMI Door County.

Monday May 11th Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay:

  • 6:00-6:30 Resource Fair on Mental Illness. Healthy appetizers will be provided.
  • 6:30-7:30 Presentation by Tara Meissner, author of Stress Fracture. Questions and Answers to follow the presentation.

Friday May 15th 1:00 pm Door County Library:

  • “In Our Own Voice” Presentation by Seth Wiederanders and David Swender, from NAMI Door County, Inc. Their presentation is approximately one hour in length with questions, and evaluations to be completed by attendees.

All that and more in our newsletter.

NAMI Doorways, May 2015 (PDF)

May 2015 calendar (PDF)


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April Newsletter

March 27, 2015 • JAK's Place

Holy crocuses, it really is spring!

This month’s newsletter has information about the upcoming NAMI Wisconsin conference, resources related to suicide, and other good reading.

NAMI Doorways – April 2015 (PDF)

April 2015 calendar (PDF)

The regular NAMI DC board meeting will take place as usual, at 4:45pm on Thursday, April 16. In May, there will be another Strategic Planning workshop session in May.

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