Crime Prevention OfficersOn April 28th, I presented a What Color Is Your
“Crime Preventions Officer” Brain?® Program
for the Illinois Crime Prevention Association (ICPA) during their Spring Seminar.
With all the stories about law enforcement officers in and on the news, I was eager to learn more about Crime Prevention Officers and what they do to build relationships in their communities.
After the the officers determined their Brain Colors they participated in a "Pair and Share" Group Activity to discuss and record: How do you build a trustworthy and comfortable relationship with the adults and children in your community?
Being Friendly, Non-judgmental, Available, and Approachable were significant responses from many of the officers. Below are some other ideas the officers shared with one another according to their Brain Colors and I sent back to them on the Post-Program Printout Resource.Yellow Brainers: I let the adults know I care about their concerns and struggles and follow up in a timely manner about their issues.With the children I try to remember what it was like to be a kid!
Blue Brainers: I empathize with the adults and I carefully listen to find a common interest. With the children I introduce myself by my first name and lower myself to their level so I am less intimidating.
Green Brainers: Listen to what is going on in the community and communicate "valid" information. Take the time to communicate information to children at their level of understanding and listen to their responses.
Yellow Brainers = 52%
Blue Brainers = 36%
Green Brainers = 12%
Orange Brainers = 0% The Orange 0% was not surprising. Crime Prevention Officers enforce the laws. Orange Brainers do not like to follow the laws/rules!
Get to know the Crime Prevention Officer(s) in your community.
Their mission is to build trustworthy relationships, create crime prevention awareness, and promote community policing to keep you and your neighbors safe.
“Help, I Am Wet Paint!”
On April 30th, I facilitated another Staff Development Program at the Gertrude B. Nielsen (GBN) Child Care and Learning Center. I love working with the teachers because they have been fluently speaking Brain Color for many years.
This program was focused on What Color Is Your “Wet Paint” Brain?®. Lana Weiner, the Director, and Reagan Miller, the Assistant Director, and I did some Blue Brainstorming and then our Yellow Brains Planned how to help the staff examine, discuss, and record “Wet Paint” Behavior. One of the three questions proposed to the staff was: What can your colleagues do to help you “Brighten” your behavior?
This question is significant for each of us in our workplace, homes, and communities.As the Beatles sang, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” that is how we can brighten our“Wet Paint” Behavior and become radiant again.Below, I have modified some of the staff's ideas to help you and the people you interact with in your professional and personal life. Yellow Brainers: Help me find a solution. Give me a bit of space. Take something off my list.
Blue Brainers: Let's help each other. Be a good listener. Remind me to relax and slow down.
Green Brainers: Give me time to think about
suggestions. Stay out of my way to think. Listen to me vent.
Orange Brainers: Sympathize with me. Let me vent, cry, and stomp it out, Don’t ignore me, but DO NOT push my buttons.
All the Brain Color staff members wanted the others staff members to listen and talk to them on their own Brain Color terms.
Family Fairy Garden
Blue Brainers love nature, especially gardening. Last weekend, my Blue Heart loved creating a Family Fairy Garden with our three grandchildren.
Jordan and I purchased a fountain for our front yard many years ago. However, cleaning and maintaining the fountain became a chore instead of a joy. This year I decided to convert our fountain into a Glazov Family Fairy Garden. My Yellow Brain planned to create the garden last weekend, when I knew our grandchildren were staying at our home for a sleep-over Saturday night.
My Blue Brain wanted to create a project our grandchildren would enjoy with Jordan and me and create "love"ly memories.
My Green Brain researched fairy garden building instructions and designs on the internet and at my wonderful local garden center, Hawthorn Gardens, with helpful tips from Matt, the general manager, and Jaclyn, the fairy garden manager.
My Orange Brain enjoyed going to the garden center with Jordan and our grandchildren and watching them pick out their own fairy, fairy house, and plants to give their section of the fairy garden their own personal style.
We had grand time making memories!
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Colorful Tabuoli Salad
My Blue/Orange Brain adapted this healthy, colorful, and refreshing salad or side dish to fit my eating preferences. You can add chicken, fish, meat, and/or nuts to also make it a yummy main course salad.
1 cup uncooked quinoa
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove minced or 2½ tsp garlic powder
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1¾ tsp. sea salt
1 of each: small to medium size red, yellow, and orange pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
¾ cup chopped fresh mint
2 chopped green scallions
Bring quinoa, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1½ cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let it cool in a bowl.
Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt.
Transfer to a large bowl; mix in cooled quinoa. Add peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and scallions to bowl with quinoa; toss to coat.Add any extra oil, lemon, salt, or pepper for taste. This recipe can be easily doubled and made a day ahead. This recipe came from the Delightfully Free 141 Gluten free, dairy free & sugar-free Cook Book
. I purchased my book at All Ways Healthy, my local and always helpful health food store.
I am a Green Brain voracious reader and I am fortunate to live in between three fantastic libraries. I also belong to two book clubs. I prefer to read non-fiction and historic fiction.
Since it is almost time for summer vacations and reading, I wanted to share four books that were selections from my Wauconda Library non-fiction book club and my Hadassah book club, which I found fascinating and educational.
1. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
2. The Boys in the Boat
3. The Bitter Veil
4. The Map ThiefMy Green Brain enjoyed learning historic, cultural, and intriguing facts from each book.