Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Communication and Conflict: The Exceptional Community Way

Or, how to get to awe in your own backyard!


Learn about it in our backyard

Then take it home with you! 

We will show you how!

Community Gathering: Sunday May 22, 2016

Join with us for a fun filled, community building, property remodeling day at –


11:15 a.m. till ????



We want you to learn with us how to get to awe.

We know how. We will show you!

For details and reservation, contact Anastasia at: 240.409.5347
or email us at: HarpersFerryNH@aol.com

For Gifts In Kind or cash donations, contact Lynn Cullather-Popkin
Cell: 301.775.1432,  email: aasscc@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Please Do Read: How I Got From There To Here

New Post on Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure Of A Lifetime:  

How Anastasia, The Super Sleuth, found the roots of her devotion to community life – and – what she discovered. (In Two Parts, at least; the “how” and the“what.”)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Anastasia The Storyteller Episode


Listen to the new Anastasia The Storyteller episode

"Politics In Motion: How Positions of Collaboration and Opposition Play Out"

Now on podcast at

May Community Gathering Theme: Dialogue Versus Debate: Pathway to Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

Summer In The Mountains, Sunday, May 22
at -- New Horizons’ Harpers Ferry Retreat Center

This month’s "exceptional"community building theme: 
Dialogue Versus Debate: Pathway to Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

Participate In -- And -- Support New Horizons’ Conversations Projects by joining us for “Exceptional Community-Building” Days --

Monthly Community-Building Work Days and Potluck Dinners 

Our schedule is generally as follows –
  • 11:00: – Gather and settle in; 
  • 11:15 – 12:30: Community development , interactive , guided community-building activities. Lead by Anastasia;
  • 12:30 – 1:00: Lunch break;
  • 1:00 – 4:00: Retreat Center remodeling projects along with practical applications of our “exceptional community” development approach.
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – Interactive assessing of applied community development skills.
  • 5:00 – on: Relax, dinner, hangin’ out, campfire and more hangin’ out
For event details and reservation, contact Anastasia at: 240.409.5347
or email us at: HarpersFerryNH@aol.com

For donations, contact Lynn Cullather-Popkin
Cell: 301.775.1432,  email: aasscc@yahoo.com

Monday, May 9, 2016

Maybe I Should Vote For Trump????

OMG! No! My worst nightmare – Donald Trump in the Oval Office!

OMG! No! I hate to even use his name. Hate it even more to think of putting his picture up on my blog! So I will refrain.

But HATE is not a word I hold in any esteem. 

What to do, what to do when the man and the whole GAME he is playing actually evokes these strong feelings in me, even leaving me feeling like throwing up!

But then, again, I read something, somewhere between now and my last Anastasia The Storyteller article titled, “Hillary I Am Counting On You To….” that got me taking a second look at this presidential contender DT, yukk!

And then, too, I had a VERY important talk yesterday with my cousin Sallie who is like a BIG sister to me, known her my whole life etc. etc.  She says she is definitely voting for DT.

Should I have yukked her, you ask?

Well I’ve just gotta tell you that, for the first time ever in my life, during the 2008 presidential campaign cycle, I found myself getting into conflict with my dear cousin Sallie over those candidates.

Out of that I vowed –“Never going to happen again that I get into a polarized place with my cousin Sallie over politics or over anything else for that matter!” 

Maybe you are struggling --- and – scared – as I am and many others (most others???? that I know) about our present political campaign crisis and the way it is reflecting our overall societal crises on every front imaginable. 

What to do, what to do?

 I’ve got a plan now to save my sanity in the midst of it all. I will be sharing it this week and inviting you into to it too on my new formatted program series, Conversations With Anastasia On The Art of Dialogue.” 

Join me! 




Thursday, May 12
6:30 p.m. (new time schedule)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Do you know....

Do you know there is so much to know about the expansion now taking place at New Horizons behind the scenes? 

I hardly know where to begin. So I am offering you an appetizer to get us started in that direction.

Do you know that the New Horizons Small “Zones of Peace” Project has always been a HUGE package of programs, projects and tried and true, enduring principles, uniquely designed and organized to assist you, your family and friends, groups and organizations; civic, faith-based or business, to raise yourselves up to the higher realms of human potentiality, individually and collectively?

Do you know, also, -- BIG NEWS -- that my esteemed Possible Society In Motion Radio Show co-host, Jack Slattery will be leaving our show the end of this month?

Do you know that though Jack will/would dismiss any but the most humble expressions of my/our gratitude for the priceless contribution he has made to this program’s development and sparkle to date -- what he has contributed has, indeed, been beyond words and measure. 

In other words – Jack's contribution has been priceless!

More on this over time as the impact Jack has made on shaping the Possible Society In Motion Radio Show – and me in doing this show will take some time for me to absorb, integrate and put back out to you – our loyal listeners. 

Do you know that my solo radio show, the Anastasia The Storyteller Radio Show will now alternate with the new format of the Possible Society In Motion Radio Show. (The new format is intended to have more on-air guests and who knows what else???)

Meaning from now on, instead of the Possible Society In Motion airing every other Thursday evening as it has been for the past three years plus, tune in now – or continue listening in on podcast to Anastasia The Storyteller on bi-weekly alternating weeks, also at a new time -- 11:30 a.m.

Do you know that the Anastasia the Storyteller Radio Show is now offering  “Conversations with Anastasia on the Art of Dialogue,” an ongoing “teaching series,” presently spotlighting how to do “dialogue versus debate,” a most timely topic in this crazy presidential election year.

Do you know that this new Anastasia The Storyteller series will balance off the wisdom blended with illustrative storytelling and current events of the Possible Society In Motion Radio Show with practical application guidance on how to successfully do "dialogue versus debate" to achieve the benefits of what has been our overarching theme on the Possible Society In Motion Radio Show, overcoming polarization. 

Please join us – now -- for our exciting adventures!

Next on –
Thursday, May 12
11:30 a.m.

The Program Plan
  • Anastasia continues Lesson One; Collaboration, emphasizing that Dialogue is collaborative, Debate oppositional.
  • Show Theme: Collaboration can transform problems into solutions and enhance unity and cooperation while debate will maintain the status quo and eventually pull even that under. 
  • Show Description: Using a combination of anecdote, storytelling, instruction and current media commentary analysis, Anastasia guides listeners to heighten their personal impact, quality of life and pleasure through developing a more conscious communication style. The principles of choosing to dialogue rather than debate as a purposeful pathway to a more relevant society are explored.

Friday, April 29, 2016

What It Means To Have A Voice

All things being equal, this presidential election cycle’s outsiders, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have certainly made it boastfully clear that the unheard voices of the so-called silent majority, whoever thay may be, wish to be silent no more. 
There's A 
Cost To The Quiet

However, as the abortive efforts of movements such as Occupy Wall Street have shown, in order to create a sustainable impact a strong enough leader’s voice at the top has been needed to speak out for them up against the 1%; enter Trump and Sanders!

Now "leadership" is what many have gotten through these die-hard wannabe presidential contenders. However as David Brooks writes in an article in today’ New York Times titled “If Not Trump, What?”
Trump’s success grew out of that pain, but he is not the right response to it. The job for the rest of us is to figure out the right response.”
Enter New Horizons’ Coffee House Conversations Project!

Reading through the entirety of David Brooks’ Op Ed I felt like I was reading a content branding statement for what we’ve been doing at New Horizons for years now and the overarching philosophies we hold to that end, building zones of peace wherever we may go. 

Read David Brooks’ article up against our “Lean In Legacy Template,” our "Ten Pledges," and our perspectives on leadership and leadership training. For a more emotionally powered dose of us be sure to listen in to our Possible Society In Motion Radio Show podcasts. 

For example, the one Jack and I did last night titled “What It Means To Have A Voice.”

on podcast

And my series on “Conversations with Anastasia on the art of dialogue/conversation,” beginning with the most recent –



Then follow up those listening adventures by making it your business to “lean in” a bit more and more each day! Be a change activist beginning right in your own neighborhood or community. And while you’re at it, let me hear from you too by posting comments to my articles or writing me directly at SuperSleuthDSW@aol.com.  Let’s make talking to others beyond our ordinary comfort zones a habit!


There’s a “cost to the quiet” and there’s also a cost to the wrong kind of voice! Learn to be the right kind; the kind that help us build that Possible Society In Motion!