Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.
Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Definition of a hero
he·ro Pronunciation Key (hîro) n. pl. he·roes
1. In mythology and legend, a person, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed
with great courage and strength, celebrated for their bold exploits, and
favored by the gods.
2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.
Thursday, December 30, 2010 Volume 3, Issue 4
Our primary focus is our own recovery and rebuilding our own lives. We will lead by example and not interfere with another's recovery.
Here comes 2011! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Around the World!
Arabic: Kul 'aam u antum salimoun
Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo means "Good Parties and Happy New Year"
Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok
Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar
Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta
French: Bonne Annee
German: Prosit Neujahr
Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos
Hebrew: L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu
Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak
Irish (Gaelic): Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
Italian: Buon Capodanno
Khmer: Sua Sdei tfnam tmei
Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai
Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo
Russian: S Novim Godom
Serbo-Croatian: Scecna nova godina
Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo
Prospero Ano Nuevo
Turkish: Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan-Xuan
A History of the New Year - A move from March to January
The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.
The early Roman calendar designated March 1 as the new year. The calendar had just ten months, beginning with March. That the new year once began with the month of March is still reflected in some of the names of the months. September through December, our ninth through twelfth months, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months (septem is Latin for "seven," octo is "eight," novem is "nine," and decem is "ten."
The first time the new year was celebrated on January 1st was in Rome in 153 B.C.
But this new year date was not always strictly and widely observed, and the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.
In medieval Europe, however, the celebrations accompanying the new year were considered pagan and unchristian like, and in 567 the Council of Tours abolished January 1 as the beginning of the year.
In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform restored January 1 as new year's day. Although most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately, it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, the British Empire -and their American colonies- still celebrated the new year in March.
by Borgna Brunne
New Year's Traditions and Celebrations Around the World
While traditions vary, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day celebrations around the world have elements in common; hope and optimism. Celebrate the New Year!
December 31st is a magical day; out with the old, in with the new! The final day of the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve is a time when we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another with a clean slate of hopes, expectations, "resolutions" and goals.
In America, people celebrate the New Year with noisemakers, parades, food, music, fireworks, alcohol; just about anything that makes up a great party. Around the world, the New Year is celebrated much in the same way although the specific traditions vary.
Auld Lang Syne
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We'll take a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne!"
Auld Lang Syne is sung in most English speaking countries at midnight on December 31st, as the New Year arrives. Scottish poet Robert Burns is credited with writing "most" of the poem which was first published in 1796, after his death. The tune comes from an old Scottish folk song; loosely translated, Auld Lang Syne means "for the sake of old times."
Beginning in 1929, Canadian band leader Guy Lombardo played the song each year in live performances that were, in later years, broadcast on radio and television in North America. Lombardo later made recordings of the song which are still played at New Year's celebrations today.
Celebrating the New Year in France
The New Year begins at midnight with a toast of white wine, hot wine or champagne. Church services on New Year's Eve are common in some areas, such as in the village of Hautes-Pyrénées, which is near the Spanish border.
After the service, congregants walk to the vineyards to begin the grape harvest, which begins at midnight. A strong, sweet wine is made from the grapes that have matured naturally on the vines; bottles are marked with labels that say the grapes were harvested on January 1st. At New Year's celebrations in France, revelers sing "the song of a New Year" (Chanson du nouvel An), which is adaptation of the Scottish Auld Lang Syne.
Celebrating the New Year in Australia
Cities around Australia celebrate the New Year with fireworks and parties. In Sydney, one of the country's largest cities, celebrations often include fireworks and light shows which coincide with the particular theme of the day. A couple million people attend the display, which is held at the Sydney Harbor. Displays and events are held in other major Australian cities such as Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Celebrating the New Year in Canada
In some parts of Canada, Quebec, ice fishing is a New Year's tradition; taking place after the late night party on December 31st and into the early morning hours of January 1st.
Other areas of Canada celebrate the New Year with music and fireworks. New Year's Eve is a highlight for many revelers who gather outside of Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls for concerts and fireworks. Canada's big cities like Montreal and Toronto also have large New Year's celebrations complete with fireworks and music.
Celebrating the New Year in Germany
Church services are parts of some New Year's celebrations in Germany, often ending with a prayer at midnight. Public celebrations featuring music, firecrackers and fireworks take place in many German cities and some people give each other gifts of a four-leaf-clover as a symbol of good luck in the New Year.
Bleigiessen is a fortune-telling method that involves melting a bit of lead on a silver spoon which is heated by the flame of a candle; the lead is then poured into a bowl of cold water. As it solidifies, the forming shape, such as a circle or heart, symbolizes the luck -- or lack of it-- in the coming year.
Celebrating the New Year in Ireland
New Year's celebrations in Ireland run from modest to ornate, depending on the town or city. In any given area, the local pubs may be filled with revelers. Some areas "ring" in the New Year with church bells, other areas celebrate with fireworks and music. Some people take walks along the shores of beach areas and participate in organized "dips" which take place in the Atlantic Ocean or Irish Sea. Popular destinations in Ireland for New Year's festivities include Galway, Limerick and Dublin, where there is a parade on New Year's Day.
Celebrating the New Year in Italy
Capodanno (the "head of the year") or Notte di San Silvestro (the night of St. Silvestro) is the celebration of the New Year to those living in Italy. Foods include lentils, which symbolize good fortune, and sausages called zampone. Sweet breads like panetonne and torciglione are served to all as a symbol of hope and prosperity. Fireworks are displayed across Italy at midnight. People celebrate by drinking sparkling wine, among other favorites.
Celebrating the New Year in Spain
The Spanish ritual on New Year's eve is to eat twelve grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure twelve happy months in the coming year.
Celebrating the New Year in The Netherlands
The Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.
Celebrating the New Year in Greece
In Greece, New Year's day is also the Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the traditional foods served is Vassilopitta, or St Basil's cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.
Celebrating the New Year in Hogmanay (Scotland)
The birthplace of "Auld Lang Syne" is also the home of Hogmanay (hog-mah-NAY), the rousing Scottish New Year's celebration (the origins of the name are obscure). One of the traditions is "first-footing." Shortly after midnight on New Year's eve, neighbors pay visits to each other and impart New Year's wishes.
Celebrating the New Year in Japan
The New Year (Shogatsu or Oshogatsu) is Japan's most important holiday. The day before the New Year, Japanese families clean and decorate their homes to welcome the arrival of Toshigami, the New Year's God. Doors are decorated with a Shimekezari; straw ropes and fern leaves that are twisted together and decorated with oranges and other items that symbolize good luck. At midnight on December 31st, Buddhist temples all around the country participate in joya no kane; a ringing of bells 108 times to symbol the 108 sins of their belief; thus cleansing the Japanese of wrongdoing during the previous year.
The Watched Night Bell in Tokyo is a major attraction in Japan for the bell ringing ceremony. Almost like a combination of American Idol and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve that is seen in the United States, Japan's popular New Year's Eve television show is called Kohaku Uta Gassen or "Red and White Year-end Song Battle." It is a sort of "battle of the sexes" contest of male and female singers who are invited to participate. New Year's parties in Japanese feature games and special foods like toshikoshi (buckwheat noodles,) and mocha (rice cakes). Businesses throw Bonenkai ("Forget-the-year-Parties") for employees in December and "Shinnenkai (New Year Parties) in January.
Celebrating the New Year in China
The Chinese New Year, which is the most important Chinese holiday, is based on the country's use of the lunar and solar calendars. The festival begins on the first day of the first Chinese month of zheng yuè, which falls in January or February of the Gregorian calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival (Yuan Xiao)on the 15 day. While personal customs and traditions vary as to how the holiday is celebrated, Chinese New Year's Eve is when Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner. Chú xi means "Year-pass Eve."
Families clean their homes to "sweep away ill-fortune" and bring in good luck. Decorations include red cut-out lanterns with "good fortune" designs which indicate themes of wealth, health and long life. New Year's Eve foods are plentiful; ducks, pigs, chickens, rice and sweets. The night is capped off with fireworks and stories and in the morning, parents give their children red paper envelopes containing different amounts of money. During Chinese New Year celebrations, parades featuring floats of dragons (associated with wealth and prosperity), dancers and musicians fill the streets. Lantern Festivals, which signify the end of the Chinese New Year, take place on the 15th day; children visit temples at night, carrying paper lanterns and trying to solve the riddles that are on them.
Celebrating the New Year in the United States of America
Americans celebrate the New Year in a variety of ways, whether staying home, hosting or attending a party, visiting the local nightclubs or visiting one of the nation's "New Year's Eve attractions," such as Times Square in New York City.
Probably the most famous tradition in the United States is the dropping of the New Year ball in Times Square, New York City, at 11:59 P.M. Thousands gather to watch the ball make its one-minute descent, arriving exactly at midnight. The tradition first began in 1907. The original ball was made of iron and wood; the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal.
If they are not visiting "the Big Apple," many Americans watch the "ball dropping" on television, where the crystal sphere that weighs 11,875 pounds and spans 12-feet in diameter is lowered, reaching the bottom of the tower at the stroke of Midnight.
A traditional southern New Year's dish is Hoppin' John-black eyed peas and ham hocks. An old saying goes, "Eat peas on New Year's day to have plenty of everything the rest of the year."
On January 1st, the Rose Parade takes place in Pasadena, California and is televised across the nation. There are New Year's Day parties to attend and, for college football fans, the Rose Bowl, which is the first game of the BCS Bowl Season. The BCS National Championship Game takes place later in the month of January.
Auld Lang Syne Works/236: Robert Burns, Web. 10 Dec. 2010 RobertBurns.org
Calendars Through the Ages: Web Exhibits Online Museum, Web. 10 Dec. 2010 WebExhibits.org
Japanese Lifestyle: Japanese New Year, Web. 10 Dec, 2010 JapaneseLifestyle.com
Chinese New Year, Web 10.Dec. 2010 ChinaTownology.com
New Year's in France, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Australia, Italy, Web 10 Dec. 2010 TimeAndDate.com
New Year's Widely Observed New Year Symbols and Traditions
Resolutions: It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year's resolutions, and people all over the world have been breaking them ever since. The early Christians believed the first day of the new year should be spent reflecting on past mistakes and resolving to improve oneself in the new year.
Fireworks: Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year's eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year's celebrations.
In This New Year Make Time for Relaxation and Fun
Find an activity that makes you feel good. It may be dancing, listening to music, walking along the beach, prayer, hiking in the mountains, working in the garden, taking photographs, watching birds, going to the movies, golfing, swimming, visiting museums. Make a list of activities that give you joy. Break them down into time segments of 2-5 minutes, 5-20 minutes, 30 minutes to ½ day and ½ day or longer. List the activities that give you joy under these time segments. Do at least three of them everyday. Most people think they have to do big things, such as vacations of whole days away from work or home to relieve stress. Not so, small activities that give you joy are the best stress busters.
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It's a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. Did your New Year resolutions make our top ten list?
1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends
Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with friends for an evening of camaraderie at a favorite restaurant or take the family to one of these popular places for family fun. Work shouldn't always come first!
2. Fit in Fitness
The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Why not make this the time to start getting in shape for one of these popular area Charity Walks, Runs or Rides?
3. Tame the Bulge
Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of Americans who made a New Year's commitment to shed extra pounds.
4. Quit Smoking
If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you've tried to quit before and failed, don't let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life!
5. Enjoy Life More
Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that "enjoying life more" has become a popular resolution in recent years. It's an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider a holistic healing centers for products designed to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theater performance, or head to the local spa. Many communities offers a wealth of artistic and recreational activities to meet just about anyone's wishes.
6. Quit Drinking
While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings throughout the nation and world. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics.
7. Get Out of Debt
Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It's a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.
8. Learn Something New
Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you'll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year's resolutions to keep. Community Colleges offer a wide variety of "lifelong learning" courses, and local YMCA's offer great recreational training for beginners of all ages. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs.
9. Help Others
A popular, non-selfish New Year's resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Find an organization that makes it easy by connecting volunteers with projects to fit practically any schedule. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.
10. Get Organized
On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized enough that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.
One of the great gifts of the addiction recovery movement is the concept of detachment with love. Originally conceived as a way to relate to an alcoholic family member, detachment with love is actually a tool that we can apply with anyone.
Al-Anon, a Twelve Step mutual-help group for friends and family members of alcoholics, pioneered the idea of detachment with love. A core principle of Al-Anon is that alcoholics cannot learn from their mistakes if they are overprotected.
That word "overprotected" has many meanings. For example, it means calling in sick for your husband if he is too drunk to show up for work. Overprotecting also means telling children that mommy didn't show up for the school play because she had to work late, when the truth is that she was at a bar until midnight.
Such actions were once labeled as "enabling," because they enabled alcoholics to continue drinking. Today, the word "adapting" is more often used because it is less blaming.
Originally, detachment with love was a call for family members to stop adapting. But as Al-Anon grew, people misunderstood detachment with love as a way to scare alcoholics into changing: "If you don't go to treatment, I'll leave you!" Such threats were a gamble that fear could force an alcoholic into seeking help.
Detachment with love means caring enough about others to allow them to learn from their mistakes. It also means being responsible for our own welfare and making decisions without ulterior motives -- the desire to control others.
Ultimately we are powerless to control others anyway. Most family members of a chemically dependent person have been trying to change that person for a long time, and it hasn't worked. We are involved with other people but we don't control them. We simply can't stop people from doing things if they choose to continue.
Understood this way, detachment with love plants the seeds of recovery. When we refuse to take responsibility for other people's alcohol or drug use, we allow them to face the natural consequences of their behavior. If a child asks why Mommy missed the school play, we do not have to lie. Instead, we can say, "I don't know why she wasn't here. You'll have to ask her."
Perhaps the essence of detachment with love is responding with choice rather than reacting with anxiety. When we threaten to leave someone, we're usually tuned in to someone else's feelings. We operate on raw emotion. We say things for shock value. Our words arise from blind reaction, not thoughtful choice.
Detachment with love offers another option -- responding to others based on thought rather than anxiety. For instance, as parents we set limits for our children even when this angers them. We choose what we think is best over the long term, looking past children's immediate emotional reaction.
In this sense, detachment with love can apply whenever we have an emotional attachment to someone -- family or friend, addicted or sober. The key is to stop being responsible for others and be responsible to them -- and to ourselves.
While You're in this Moment
While you have this day, fill it with life. While you're in this moment, give it your own special meaning and purpose and joy.
Instead of complaining about what could have been, tap into the richness of what is. Instead of worrying about what might or might not happen someday, enjoy fully the beauty of this day.
You are where you are, at this moment, in this place. Simply by choosing to, you can be completely at peace with it all.
And from a peaceful perspective of gratitude and acceptance, you can do truly great things. You can make this time right now the most fulfilling time you've ever known.
As you pass through this day, take in all the unique value it has to offer. The richness in your life all comes to you one moment at a time.
Everything that is, is now for you to live. Make it beautiful and meaningful and memorable in your own unique way.
Forget rolling with the punches, roll with this chocolate dessert. It will be hard not to go back for seconds. If you're looking for a crowd pleaser this holiday season, this is one to remember.
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup white sugar
2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. coffee granules
2 tbsp. white sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
4 (1 oz.) squares semisweet baking chocolate
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. coffee granules
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan and line with parchment paper. Sift flour with baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs on high for several minutes until they are very pale and fluffy. Gradually add in the sugar, beating 1 to 2 minutes more or until very thick. Gently, but thoroughly, fold in the flour mixture. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. In a small bowl, combine the 2 tbsp. of water with the 2 tbsp. coffee granules and the remaining 2 tbsp. sugar and the baking soda, then gradually stir into the melted chocolate until smooth.
Quickly, but thoroughly, fold chocolate mixture into batter. Pour batter into prepared 10x15 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Lightly sift an even layer of confectioners sugar over a cloth napkin or tea towel (do not use Terry-cloth). Flip the cake out of its pan onto the prepared cloth as soon as it comes from the oven. Carefully peel away parchment paper. Lightly dust top of cake with confectioners' sugar, then trim away crisp edges. Starting with one of the short sides of the cake, immediately roll the cake up in the cloth, jellyroll style, and cool thoroughly on a rack.
For the Filling and Frosting: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate. Remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with the confectioners sugar until smooth, then blend in the vanilla extract and coffee granules. Blend in the melted chocolate. Unroll the cake and spread about 1/3 of the filling evenly over the surface. Roll the cake back up. Arrange cake roll on serving tray, then frost generously, swiping with an icing spatula to form the long 'bark line' design. Swipe ends of cake in a circular motion to simulate the tree-rings of a cut log. Decorate log as desired with holly leaves and berries, mushrooms and snow.
Ready in 2 hours
Celebrating our First Year
Tricia Thibodeau, MA
Program Director, California
The growth in one year for HERO House California has been incredible! HERO House California started the 2010 year off with a Men's House in San Juan Capistrano. While the Men's community continued to grow, we started a search for the perfect house to establish our women's program on the West Coast. In August of 2010 we opened our first women's house in Costa Mesa, California.
In December 2010, to create a more seamless community for our Men and Women's programs, we transitioned our men to the state-of-the-art Platinum LEED home in Costa Mesa. This new house will allow the size of our men's community to grow to 11 residents!
With the increase in the number of residents we can serve, the size of our staff has grown as well. We will end the 2010 year with five staff members and one active volunteer.
Being open for a year in California has allowed us to celebrate a significant milestone - we had our first ever graduate of HERO House California. Since completing our program, our first graduate has become a full time student at the International School of Art and Design and lives independently. He continues to thrive in recovery and we are very proud of him. The staff and residents continue to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
HERO House California would like to thank all its supporters, staff, and volunteers for the hard work that they have put into this program in the past year. It has truly been a pleasure to watch all the hard work pay off with these amazing young adults. It is really a beautiful thing to watch these students find their passions, grow in their recovery and return to school. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.
A calm mind fosters clear seeing, which is another way of saying that if we practice mindfulness, we will have less self-deception. We learn to be honest, and delusions fall away. When we sit in meditation, we observe our mind, watching the thoughts pass through, all the mental traffic honking, swerving, and cutting in. We practice holding "bare attention" toward the thoughts and feelings that arise, accepting them with kindness and non-judgment.
--from Mindfulness and the 12 Steps
Upcoming Events in Atlanta
*New Year's Eve at HERO House
Friday, December 31, 2010
10:00 pm - 1:00 am
The community comes together and stays together to celebrate the arrival of a new year!
*New Year's Day Brunch
Saturday, January 1, 2011
The residents enjoy a home cooked brunch prepared by the staff of The HERO House.
*Street Meals with Kashi
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The HERO House in partnership with Kashi Atlanta in their Street Meals program for several months now. Street Meals helps alleviate hunger for the homeless population in Atlanta. Street Meals is supported by a dedicated corps of volunteers who are committed to seva - selfless service - as an extension of their yoga practice. Teaching people about the joy of community service is a part of our commitment.
The first Sunday of every month The HERO House residents and staff make and distribute over 250 sack lunches to Atlanta's homeless. The HERO House wanted to create a service opportunity for our residents as we believe that being of service is a major component in bringing about lasting recovery. When discussing how to bring this project to fruition we turned to Kashi Atlanta for support.
We at The HERO House look forward to being part of the change we wish to see in the world!
*High Museum of Art ~ Salvador Dali
Saturday, January 8, 2011
2:00 pm - ?
Astonishing. Brilliant. Provocative.
Meet the man whose art-and personality-were larger than life. Dalí: The Late Work brings together a stunning collection of more than 40 paintings, plus film, sculptures and photographs-many never before seen in public. The exhibition considers for the first time the diverse body of work that Dalí created in the last forty years of his career. Reinventing himself during the 1940s, Dalí used his art to visually explore science, psychology, and religion-as he often said, painting the subject matter of his time.
"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."
~Mary Kay Ash
About The HERO House
The HERO House is a recovery residence for college students in early sobriety. We serve men and women in separate residences, based upon Peer-to-Peer Recovery Support, grounded in the 12-Step process. The HERO House is a community of students in recovery, sharing life experiences and helping each other achieve long term, quality sobriety and a manner of living that will make them outstanding contributors to our society.
Additionally, at the Higher Education Recovery Option, we work with students to return to school and to find the tools necessary to be successful while sober, on a college campus. We tell residents at intake that our program is typically a one-year program; however, we recognize some residents will finish early and some will need additional time. To successfully complete our program, residents need to complete a 12-Step Program, successfully complete one full-time semester of college, and to advance through all four of our levels of competency at The HERO House.