Us vs. Them

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VELVET STEELE Us vs. Them By KEN WELLS, LPC We can learn the art of fierce compassion by redefining strength, deconstructing isolation and renewing a sense of community, practicing letting go of rigid us-vs.-them thinking – while cultivating power and clarity in response to difficult situations. —Sharon Salzberg My experience with Little League baseball taught......

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Scoreboard Champions Vs. Heart Champions

Heart Champions baseball field

VELVET STEELE Scoreboard Champions vs. Heart Champions By KEN WELLS, LPC “Phony plays for a while but genuine plays for a lifetime” Ed Wade- former Phillies GM   It was a spring Friday in late April, 2001. It was a day I don’t think I will ever forget! My son Jimmy was a senior and......

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Rule Breakers

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VELVET STEELE Rule Breakers By KEN WELLS, LPC   “Learn and obey the rules very well, so you will know how to break them properly—“  The Dalai Lama   Danny Almonte was the talk of the Bronx during the summer of 2001. With his high leg kick and a fastball that reached a top speed......

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Everything I Needed to Know About Recovery—I first Had the Opportunity to Learn in Little League

Everything needed to know about recovery - Little league baseball mitt

VELVET STEELE Everything I Needed to Know About Recovery—I first Had the Opportunity to Learn in Little League By KEN WELLS, LPC Life is rooted in community which is about bonding in relationships. Bonding is strongest within communities where values are forged, convictions are cemented and care for one another is formed. When bonds are......

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Destiny – A Manifesto for All

Destiny for all

VELVET STEELE Destiny—A Manifesto for All By KEN WELLS, LPC If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. – Henry David Thoreau It was an August evening over 50 years ago in a......

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Yesterday Ended Last Night

Yesterday Ended Last Night

VELVET STEELE Yesterday Ended Last Night By KEN WELLS, LPC   “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t kill the cow”   I suppose of all the lessons I have to deal with in life, getting over what I cannot control has been one of the toughest. It’s true whether it is......

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Velvet Steel

Velvet Steel

VELVET STEELE By KEN WELLS, LPC   “Nobody ever beat themselves up to a better place”   As a parent of kids who played Little League baseball, I experienced the importance of being gentle with the kids who played the game. I watched kids cry when they struck out and feel devastated when their team......

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The Prima Donna Makeover

The Prima Donna Makeover

VELVET STEELE The Prima Donna Makeover By KEN WELLS, LPC   “I’m on a Drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen”—Charlie Sheen “Everything I ever needed to know about recovery from addiction began with a Little League type experience”—Ken Wells There is a certain mark of hubris which characterizes life in addiction. In many ways the essence of addiction......

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Weaving Together a Solid Recovery Foundation (1 of 3)

Ken Wells, LPC

VELVET STEELE Weaving Together a Solid Recovery Foundation (1 of 3) By KEN WELLS, LPC “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story”—Maya Angelou Recovery in addiction is likened to getting an out of control train running down the tracked stopped. Getting addictive living re-calibrated and re-establishing life balance is a delicate and......

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