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Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat facing this country. 

Attend a short discussion with local experts and expand your knowledge on how fentanyl poisoning has impacted North Texas. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones. Event starts at 6:00 p.m. Wed. Oct. 19 at McKinney ISD Community Event Center.  The program is free and open to the public.  A Q&A discussion will follow the screening of an 18 minute documentary, Fentanyl Factor, which highlights the alarming increase of accidental overdose deaths due to the mixing or 'lacing' of fentanyl with other substances such as heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit prescription pills. The short documentary also features an interview with a Forensic Scientist inside the lab where real and counterfeit drugs are tested. 

Our Q&A after the film features panelists such as Keith Brown, Deputy Director of Texoma HIDTA of North Texas/Oklahoma; retired DEA Senior executive with 25 years of experience in complex criminal investigations, drug diversion, regulatory operations and leadership. He will be joined by Becky Tinney, LMSW, CPS of Recovery Resource Council.  

Film and discussion are complimentary and appropriate for both parents and teens. Event starts at 6 pm and ends at 7pm. 

With appreciation to High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, Coalition on McKinney Drug Free Youth and Recovery Resource Council

Link to RSVP: https://FentanylFactor.eventbrite.com 

Questions? contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com

 

 

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Clay G. Small became a world traveler during his 30 year career as Managing Attorney for PepsiCo.  He is a professor at SMU Cox School of Business, member of the SMU Law School Executive Committee, and is a visiting professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.  

We invite you to join Clay on Thurs. Oct. 20th at R. Groden Art Gallery located on the edge of the Design District.   

Clay's discussion will delve into topics such as: 

What else besides money drives an art forger? 

Forgeries are everywhere. 

As the price for art has soared, so have forgeries. 

The most forged artists of all time.

Science of art authentication. 

The most clever of art forgers. 

When exactly does art forgery become a crime? 

This event is complimentary and open to the adult public. 

Learn more about Park Cities based author Clay Small by visiting ClaySmall.com

RSVP to Diane@DianeMarketing.com to attend this event.   

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Texas A&M University Health Science Center reports that between June 2019 and May 2020, our state recorded a more than 50% increase in synthetic opioid deaths, primarily driven by ‘illicitly manufactured fentanyl.’ 

Attend a live discussion with local experts and expand your knowledge on how fentanyl poisoning has impacted North Texas. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones. Event starts at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Navarro College inside Cook Education Center. The program is free and open to the public.  A Q&A discussion will follow the screening of an 18 minute documentary, Fentanyl Factor, which highlights the alarming increase of accidental overdose deaths due to the mixing or 'lacing' of fentanyl with other substances such as heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit prescription pills. The short documentary also features an interview with a Forensic Scientist inside the lab where real and counterfeit drugs are tested. 

Our Q&A after the film features panelists such as Keith Brown, Deputy Director of Texoma HIDTA of North Texas/Oklahoma; retired DEA Senior executive with 25 years of experience in complex criminal investigations, drug diversion, regulatory operations and leadership. He will be joined by Becky Tinney, LMSW, CPS of Recovery Resource Council.  Capt. Tommy Hale of Ellis County Sheriff's office and Sgt. Todd Teetz of Navarro Police Academy will also be part of the Q&A panel.  

Film and discussion are appropriate for both parents and teens. 

1 CEU available onsite to licensed professional counselors. 

With appreciation to Navarro College, Drug Prevention Resources,  Starlite Recovery Acadia Healthcare and Recovery Resource Council

Link to RSVP: https://fakepillscankill.eventbrite.com

 

Questions? contact Diane@DianeMarketing.com

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Learn how the daily practice of mindful self-compassion can lower your stress and improve your productivity. 
Denette will be offering a free 1 hour virtual session on Monday, Nov. 15th at 6:30 pm  
 
Denette Mann , LPC-S is a certified trainer in Mindful Self-Compassion within Dallas metroplex.
She is a resident of Preston Hollow and offices in north Dallas.  
Event will be held via Zoom and you can register here or email us here
Maximum attendance via zoom : 18 adults. 

Learn more about Denette and her own journey towards mindful self-compassion thru this 7 min. video 

 

 

Helpful links:

15 most interesting Self-Compassion Research findings 

The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion 

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ClaySmall&ForgersForgery.png Clay G. Small, Author of The Forger's Forgery

What motivates an art forger?  Is it just money?  Clay G. Small invested years of research surrounding the most infamous art forgers including Han van Meegeren of Amsterdam.  He explains when art forgery becomes a crime, traits of various art forgers and how the science of art authentication has evolved over time. Although Clay's most recent novel, The Forger's Forgery is historical fiction, we learn facts about art forgery through reading this novel.  Clay shares research around the life of Han van Meegeren and how this art forger operated during World War II.  In summary, we walk away with a sensorial journey from East Texas to the streets and waterways of Amsterdam.   

Clay G. Small, a resident of University Park, is a professor at the Cox School of Business at SMU and a member of the Law School Executive Committee. He is also a visiting professor at ESADE Barcelona and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Clay received his JD from Southern Methodist University (member of Law Review and Barristers) in Dallas and received his BA in English from Ohio Wesleyan University. 

During his thirty-year career at PepsiCo, Inc., Clay worked as Senior Vice President – Managing Attorney, PepsiCo, Inc.  In that position, he was responsible for all legal matters arising out of PepsiCo’s global operating divisions.

Enjoy Clay's recently videotaped presentation compliments of  On Stage @ APL at Allen Public Library.  

Thanks to Tom Keener, Arts Director at Allen Public Library

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Free Documentary Screening - 78 min. 'Walk with Frank'

Walk With Frank tells the inspiring story of Frank Romeowho has been working for over 30 years to change the conversation surrounding mental health and PTSD. For his 70th birthday he decided it was time to take his message on the road and walk over 750 miles across New York State to promote his new high school curriculum “The Experience of the American Soldier”.

Frank is not a doctor or a clinician, but he is a Vietnam War veteran.  His experiences from serving in the Vietnam War have allowed for people to open up to Frank and share their personal stories. 

Once Frank learned to embrace his past and not run from it, he was able to finally take his first steps toward healing. You'll also be introduced to works of art created by Frank.  While the film exposes some of the brutality of war, it doesn’t dwell there. It’s ultimately a story of hope and potential solutions. 

PTSD is not just a veteran issue, and Walk With Frank aims to forever change the stigma and to advance the conversation surrounding mental health in our society. With appreciation to the VA of North Texas so that we can make it possible for others to view the film free thru Monday, Sept. 13th. A round of applause to filmmakers Ryan and Matt Mayers.   And most importantly we extend our appreciation to the more than 386,358 veterans in the DFW region who have served the nation. 

3 min. trailer listed here 

To view full 80 min film click here

 Free film event now thru Mon. Sept. 13th. 

Note: you may start and stop the film multiple times and you're welcome to share this documentary screening with others. 

 

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Quite often we extend compassion to a friend when that person has experienced disappointment.  

Why is it that we're harder on ourselves when we experience a negative outcome in life?  Why is it so difficult to treat ourselves with kindness and support?

Practicing self-compassion leads us down a path to be our own best friend, giving ourselves understanding and compassion when we need it the most. 

If you'd like to further explore self-compassion, please check out the following free videos 

Preston Hollow resident, Denette Mann is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher and you can learn more about her background here.  

In summary, key takeaways from practicing Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) are: 

* Learn how to support yourself with kindness and reduce negative self-talk in your head

* Apply self-compassion practices to motivate yourself with encouragement  

* Be able to handle overwhelming emotions with greater ease 

* Learn how to calm yourself and give yourself compassion when you need it the most 

* Reconnect with the values that help in finding purpose in work 

* Learn inner resilience practice that can be applied to your personal and professional life. 

 

Questions?  Contact: Denette@DenetteMann.com 

 

 

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Self-compassion Sundays

 

 

Quite often we extend compassion to a friend when that person has experienced disappointment.  

Why is it that we're harder on ourselves when we experience a negative outcome in life?  Why is it so difficult to treat ourselves with kindness and support?

Practicing self-compassion leads us down a path to be our own best friend, giving ourselves understanding and compassion when we need it the most. 

If you'd like to further explore self-compassion, please note that  Denette Mann (featured in the video) will be co-teaching an online and virtual Mindful Self-Compassion course which will run eight Sunday afternoons, from 1 to 3:30 pm.  The zoom/virtual course starts on Sunday afternoon, June 20th at 1 pm. and is limited to 20 adults.  Once the course starts it is a closed group just for the registered participants.  Preston Hollow resident, Denette Mann is a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher and you can learn more about her background here.  

Your key takeaways from this short and virtual Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course are: 

* Learn how to reduce negative self-talk in your head

* Apply self-compassion practices to motivate yourself with encouragement  

* Be able to handle overwhelming emotions with greater ease 

* Learn how to calm yourself and give yourself compassion when you need it the most 

* Reconnect with the values that help in finding purpose in work 

* Learn inner resilience practice that can be applied to your personal and professional life. 

 

Click here for more details and visit DenetteMann.com to learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion 

Questions?  Contact: Denette@DenetteMann.com 

 
 
Diane Feffer

Quite often the transition from working on an education to working toward building a career can be quite surprising and unsettling.  Much of what you learned in school may not apply in this new environment of policy, procedures, office politics, corporate speak, goals and objectives, and company vision.  

Plano-based author and SMU alum, Alan L. Oppenheimer provides insight and direction for dealing with many issues and conundrums you will encounter in the  workplace.

Alan will be guiding adults on how to navigate through the world of work in his upcoming zoom course offered on Saturday morning, April 10th, from 9 to 11:30 am. via SMU CAPE.  

In this 2 ½ hour course, he brings together voices of experience along with his own background of corporate work for JCPenney, Tuesday Morning, Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty.  

Whether you are approaching your summer internship or have recently graduated from college, this 2 ½ hour course is open to all adults at the cost of $39. 

Course code is CS030 and registration link is here

Recommended reading to accompany the course is the quick paperback, Workplace Secrets Revealed (Passing the Baton to the Next Generation) available for $16.95 at both SMU Bookstore located on Mockingbird Lane and Barnes & Noble in Plano located at Preston and Park Blvd.  

 

 

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Some workdays we encounter difficulties.  Why is it that during those difficult times, it's hard for us to give ourselves the kindness that we would so easily give a friend.  

Practicing self-compassion leads us down a path to be our own best friend, giving ourselves understanding and compassion when we need it the most. 

If you'd like to further explore self-compassion, please note that  Denette Mann (featured in the video) will be teaching a complimentary online 1 hour intro to Mindful Self-Compassion. 

Date/time options are as follows: 

Friday, Jan. 29th at 12 noon 

Friday, Feb. 12th at 12 noon 

Saturday, Feb. 13th at 11 a.m 

Each of the above listed intro sessions will last for 1 hour.  

Denette Mann, M.Ed., is a licensed professional counselor in Dallas.  She is also a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher. 

 

The key takeaways from learning Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and practicing it in your daily life, are as follows: 

* Apply self-compassion practices to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism 

* Be better able to handle overwhelming emotions with greater ease 

* Approach difficult situations with calm, resolve and self-motivation 

* Reconnect with the values that help in finding purpose in work 

* Learn inner resilience practice that can be applied to your personal and professional life. 

 

Instructions on how to RSVP and attend 1 of the 3 dates listed above.  

Reach out to Denette@DenetteMann.com and specify which Zoom session you would like to attend. 

Denette will then send you an invite to that specific session.  

If you have a friend that is interested in joining the zoom session, please have that friend contact Denette. 

Visit DenetteMann.com to learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion 

Questions?  Contact: Diane@DianeMarketing.com