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Re: Vandalism~No!

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RWilk85411
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 08:44:39 EDT


In defense of the clay therapy......I am not a therapist nor do I long to be
one. However, my ex husband had a very stressful job. One year he observed me
making a special bread for Christmas and asked if he could help. The next
thing I knew he was making more bread than we could eat. He started teaching
classes in bread making. then when I moved a potters wheel into my studio for
a summer school class I was taking he got involved with the clay. The reason.
The act of kneading the bread and wedging the clay was so relaxing and
relieved his stress. Plus the concentration on something else, I suspect. When
we moved to another job and he no longer had time to do the bread, he ended up
on valium and we ended up divorced. I think there might be some small
correlation.

Of course having taught in poor city schools and in the prison system, I
imagine that there would have to be the opportunity to do so in a logical
manner or it would seem really stupid and result in that much more vandalism.

I personally wonder what we are going to do about the level of violence and
rage in our youth. It is scary even in schools such as the one I teach in at
present.
Reatha