Posts in by Deborah
Say No to Plastic with the S.T.O.P. Technique.

The recent cover of National Geographic reads, “Planet or Plastic?” We have a planetary plastic waste crisis, and marine animals, especially, are paying the consequences. The viral photograph by Justin Hofman of a seahorse holding a cotton swab, which was taken on the Indonesian archipelago, is almost impossible to forget. Or perhaps you’ve read the report of a young sperm whale found on a beach in Spain with 64 pounds of waste in her belly. Most of it was…you guessed it, plastic.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Children

“The earth laughs in flowers,” said the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. I believe the earth not only laughs in flowers but also in trees, animals, fruits, and vegetables! Her generosity toward all of us is beyond compare. But can you remember the last time you connected with the joy, compassion, and abundance our planet gives us? Or the last time you invited your children to show appreciation as well? If the answer is no, you are not alone. Most of us are so consumed by our work, family life, and our never-ending to-do lists that there is very little room for anything else.

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Fun Freetime: Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Children

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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The Magical Mindful Day

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with your Children

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with your Kids

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Children

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with your Children

Deborah Salazar Shapiro, MSW, is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, author, and artist who was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years. Deborah holds an MSW from the University of Southern California and a master’s-level degree in psychology from the University Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in San Salvador. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two daughters, and a wise cat named Thay.

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Following My Heart

Over the years, I have challenged myself physically, running half-marathons, a full marathon, and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (with no hiking experience!) to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. I have also challenged myself mentally, particularly during the years I was pursuing a graduate degree. Reading, research and hours of studying were undeniably difficult, but the life events that were unfolding simultaneously became almost unbearable. During my last year of graduate school, I went through a divorce. It was one of the most stressful experiences I had ever gone through, especially since I was largely responsible for raising a young child. The challenge of writing, illustrating and self-publishing a children’s book, however, is incomparable.

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Facing the War Within

The experience of growing up in war-torn El Salvador weighed heavily, and for most of my life I had a deep feeling that no matter how well things were going, something was bound to happen that would disrupt and destroy whatever happiness I was experiencing. And it only intensified when I became a mother. It’s quite ironic, considering I had followed my passion for psychology and clinical social work, getting educated at a world-class university and really succeeding. But I couldn’t see it—or feel it.

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Where the Battle Begins

Since early childhood, I have held a deep passion for music, dancing, painting, and photography. I attribute this in part to my father, a self-taught cinematographer, who exposed me to the arts and the powerful emotions and messages that could be expressed through them. But it was my mother who had a tremendous impact on how I viewed the world and my place in it. Through her devotion to our family and helping the community, she exemplified love and compassion. As a young girl born and raised in war-torn San Salvador, El Salvador, I realized quite quickly the fragility of life and what a troubled place the world had become, at least my small world.

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