May 2018 – Culture and Language Month

The month of May is filled with the sounds of birds, the smell of fresh flowers and warm breezes from time to time. The month marks the height of spring and the beginning of summer. This month’s theme is exploring culture and language. You can use linkAges to practice a new language, learn more about a country or region you are visiting during summer vacation, or learn a new family recipe. If you speak another language or would like to share your unique cultural skills with others, we hope you will post an offer this month!

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Partner Spotlight: The Dragon Theatre of Redwood City

We want to extend a big thank you to Dragon Theatre of Redwood City for their long-time involvement as a linkAges partner. Their creative collaboration with linkAges allows our members to serve as hospitality volunteers,  while also supporting the unique and thoughtful plays performed at the theater. This month the Dragon Theatre is debuting their upcoming play, “Three Days of Rain” beginning May 25th. We encourage you to invite a linkAges member and connect over a night filled with drama and suspense!


Insights on Isolation by Rochelle Perucca

Are you in pain? I know that place. Pain really takes a toll on our entire being. It saps our energy, influences our mind and impacts our choices and decisions.

Its spring and I want to buy some seeds to plant. I hear my mind saying: “Is it worth the effort, stress, pain you will experience?” Ah-ha, I caught my self sabotaging thought right in the act. If I let it take over, it would add to my isolation and emotional pain.

What can we do?

  1. When we live in alignment with our values we feel better.

  2. Call a friend to go with us and enjoy the travel time together.

  3. Shift our thinking to something more supportive, i.e. “It will be nourishing to watch the seeds grow and blossom.”

  4. Ask a friend to pick up some seeds or starters for us.

Reach out and plant some seeds, literally or figuratively.

Happy planting,

Rochelle

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 Rochelle Perucca, a Fulbright Scholar, psychotherapist, a college professor for the past 35 years, and a National Park Ranger (language interpreter), has been a linkAges Community member since 2015. She has seen the many benefits of being part of a larger community and we welcome her contributions and insights to the linkAges newsletter.

 


Technology Tip:

As a reminder for members, we have updated our member guidelines and safety tips for members here.   When exchanging with an unfamiliar Community member, exercise the same caution you would when interacting with a new neighbor for the first time. The guidelines help you have a positive and rewarding experience in linkAges Community! You can find additional information in the Resource Library.

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