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Updated Video Player!

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Hi everyone,

Per your feedback and suggestions, we have updated our video player on the video page of the website! There are now thumbnails of the videos along with links to each of the 3 Procovery videos.

We hope you enjoy watching and please continue to send your feedback… we’re listening!

Until next time…

-Acasia

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Update – Procovery Video Uploaded!

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Hello everyone,

We have posted our first video to the website’s video page today! Here is the link to take a look: http://www.procovery.com/videos

We are testing out a different video player format than we have used in the past and want your feedback! All 3 videos are housed in one video screen and you click on the small 1, 2 or 3 on the bottom toolbar (move your cursor over the bottom of the video screen and the toolbar will appear!) to watch the videos. Let us know what you think!

Video 1 is of Procovery Circle Facilitators in a discussion regarding focusing forward. This video runs 3 minutes and 53 seconds.

Video 2 is of Procovery Circle Facilitators in a discussion regarding Procovery and engagement, specific to the homeless population. This video runs 4 minutes and 31 seconds.

Video 3 is of Procovery Circle Facilitators discussing Procovery and literacy. This video runs 4 minutes and 1 second.

We hope you take a moment to watch, tell us what you think of the new video player, and pass the link along to a friend, family member or colleague!

Happy Spring and happy Friday to all!

-Acasia

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The Fun Theory!

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Hi All! We came across this short video and wanted to share it with you! Hope you enjoy!

 

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New Procovery Podcast!

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We welcome you to take a moment to listen to the brand new Procovery Podcast, available as of today, for listening and downloading at http://www.procovery.com/podcasts! This Podcast is an interview with Mark Sunde of ReDiscover Mental Health in Kansas City, MO!

Have a listen and please remember to pass the link on to your friends, family and colleagues!

Until next time–

Procovery Institute

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Footprints…

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Where do they lead?

Let us all get inspired and join together in our global community to support the 3rd Annual Earth Hour on March 27th 2010! For more info visit: http://www.myearthhour.org

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First Procovery Podcast of 2010!

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Hello everyone!

We uploaded our first Procovery podcast of 2010 to the website yesterday! It’s an interview with Dr. Amanda Murphy of the Amanda Luckett Murphy Hopewell Center in St. Louis, Missouri. We appreciate Dr. Murphy taking the time out of her schedule to share her insight and her plans for Procovery at Hopewell!

We hope you will take a few moments to listen and pass the link along to friends, family and colleagues.
Happy Spring to you all!

-Acasia

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Procovery Moving Forward – Spring 2010!

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The last several months have been such a very dark time for all of us here at PI. Not having Randy physically present has been hellishly painful, hugely challenging and simply so very, very sad, for us all. In this time, we are living Procovery every single day.
Please know that we remain, as always, hugely committed to all of you, and to Procovery, and despite our very profound sadness, we have been working very hard to continue moving forward during this very dark time and to ensure that we will continue to serve all of you and bring you new materials, new inspiration and new direction.

We would like to sincerely thank all of you who made such a difficult time, just a little bit easier. We appreciate you sharing your many memories of Randy with us–so many of you mentioned his smile, his laugh, how he served as a mentor to you or your organization… and how he inspired, and still does inspire, you. He continues, even in his absence, to do the same for us.
We thank you for taking the time to let us know how much Procovery means to you, as well. Your beautiful letters, cards, paintings and thoughtful gifts have been so much more than appreciated. You provided so much support, gave so much love and sent so many concrete and poetic reminders of why we do what we do.
We are again moving forward at PI and more blogs, materials and updates are in the works and on the way…
In some ways it has seemed like these past months have gone in a flash and in some ways it feels like forever, but here we are in Spring of 2010.
Thank you all for helping us through this time and thank you all for helping us get here. And now, from here we move forward, together.

Kathleen
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With Profound Love, Respect and Admiration

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With tremendous sadness we must announce the passing of the most amazing human being we have ever known, Randy Stratt on October 7th, 2009. He was an extraordinary husband, father, son, brother, businessman, mentor and friend. He was also co-creator of the Procovery program and co-founder and Managing Director of Procovery Institute.

The hole Randy has left, in our hearts and our lives, is a huge, dark one and it will take time for all of us to heal. Randy had an extraordinary lifelong commitment to contributing to society and an unfailingly beautiful energy, focus and brilliance. I, Kathleen, will be spending the rest of my life seeking to honor his memory and his legacy, which will live on through his children, their spectacular partners, and through the Procovery program. 
A private cremation, with immediate family, was held in October, and a private family service is planned for later this year. There will be a public celebration of Randy’s beautiful life in the Fall of 2010. Randy accomplished an extraordinary amount in his life. He never stopped moving forward, setting his sights on the next place and doing whatever it took to get there. He was a father strongly committed to raising two happy, healthy and independent daughters and he took great pride in realizing this. He was an attorney who knew how to create win-win scenarios and was strongly committed to always doing so. He was the father of Procovery and laid a broad foundation and strategic plan for its wide expansion. And as my husband, he was the love of my universe… I will spend the rest of my days building his legacy and honoring his life. If you would like to help, I welcome you.
We all look forward to honoring Randy, through Procovery and our lives, every single day. He went through living hell, and yet he remained committed to moving forward, both personally, and with the Procovery program. He inspired us, he taught us more than we could have ever imagined. And he loved us with a fierce heart. 
“May you live all the days of your life.” – Jonathan Swift
And he most certainly did.
With profound love, respect and admiration for my sweetheart,
Kathleen Crowley Stratt

k_crowley_stratt@procovery.com

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New and Coming Soon

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With so much happening these days for all of us, with the profound personal and professional loss we are all feeling with the passing of the wonderful Randy Stratt, it is sometimes difficult to recognize the ways in which we are all moving forward… But we do continue to do this everyday, to Just Start Anywhere® every morning and to live Procovery® throughout every day.
We are always very happy when we get to talk to you about Procovery® music and it is no exception for us to announce that the Procovery® song Something You Said is up on the Music page of the website for your listening pleasure!
You will also notice a new button on the homepage of the website that will help you stay connected with Procovery Institute by following us on Twitter!
Lastly, in response to your generous offers and inquiries, we are in the process of adding a new How You Can Help page to the website. If you are interested in volunteering your time, your expertise, donating funds, artwork or poetry, we appreciate your desire to help and will be glad tell you how!
With new publications going to press soon, trainings resuming and meetings and events being planned, we are very excited about what 2010 has to offer!
As always, we appreciate all of you and we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.
Our commitment to the Procovery program and to all of you remains strong and continues to grow with each step we take and we invite you to join us on this journey!
Until next time…
Acasia
Procovery Program Manager
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Procovery: Through My Eyes / Community by Mickie McDowell

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I’ve been trying to find a definition for the word “community” that truly describes what I have seen develop across the state. I found one that states:

“In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.”

I found an anonymous quote that I think explains my feelings of what I see as a community much better. It is:

“Our inner strengths, experiences, and truths cannot be lost, destroyed, or taken away. Every person has an inborn worth and can contribute to the human community. We all can treat one another with dignity and respect, provide opportunities to grow toward our fullest lives and help one another discover and develop our unique gifts. We each deserve this and we all can extend it to others.”

This is what I see every time I observe a Procovery Circle. I see a community of individuals, treating each other with respect and dignity, helping each other discover, develop and grow using the inner strength, experiences and truths that each posses. I don’t just see the 6, 13 or 22 individuals in that Circle. I see the thousands of individuals in Circles all across the state. I see how we have come together for a common purpose, to move forward. I see how we are all more alike than we are different and the same hopes and dreams are alive in Hayti and Kansas City. We may have all come from a different past, be at a different present and hope to go to a different future, but we all need the same thing to get there. We need HOPE! We have found that Hope within ourselves through Procovery® and each other. We have shared, laughed, cried and celebrated together. A community we are indeed and each of us is an important part. I ask you to find your own definition of community and really think about what it means to belong to something.

I leave you with one final quote:

“We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been — a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.” –Starhawk

-Mickie McDowell, Procovery Forum Facilitator, Missouri

This blog was written by Mickie McDowell, guest blogger, as part of our Procovery: Through My Eyes blog series.