10 Steps for Mindful Conflict Resolution

In order to teach teens resilience we need to model it. Practice these 10 steps in order to build your sense of confidence, well-being, and acceptance of challenging situations. We appear to be devolving into our reactive emotions a lot these days: venting on social media, choosing to pay attention... Read More

SCWBI Presents!

Whitney featured in SCWBI Bookstop… Introducing Mindful Kids, the one-of-a-kind mindfulness activity deck for kids age 4 to 104! Make any moment mindful from morning to night with 5 categories of cards, designed to fit into each part of the day. Whimsical full-color illustrations on both... Read More

Finding Reiner: Disaster to Discovery

First published on TravelGumbo.com On Monday August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. My son, my elderly German mother-in-law, Lütte, and I were hunkered down in my husband’s office at Tulane Medical School. Our decision to stay seemed smart at the time. Read More

The Hard Stuff

Travel is easy—okay, maybe not easy, but exciting—and writing is tough. I’m home now and stuck at my desk, but my mind escapes into the images of memory. Today I tap into a mental forest while my pal Lukasz scans the physical one. Who will return with the goods? Read More

Finding Reiner #8: Trail’s End?

First published on TravelGumbo.com I’m reluctant to say goodbye to Łukasz and his family because now I want to buy my own metal detector and continue digging in Poland. But, Paweł and I have a long drive ahead to Read More

Finding Reiner #7: Shrapnel & Bones

First published on TravelGumbo.com   Paweł and I are back in his little red car on one-lane Polish roads behind tractors. Google Maps underestimates our driving time, and we’re going nowhere fast. Nothing fazes Paweł though, and he’s ready with cameras for any kind of stop. Read More