Subject: StoryPlay® Village Newsletter

StoryPlay® Village Newsletter
In this Issue
  • Gratitude
  • Loving Kindness
  • Special Acknowledgement
  • Living the Questions
  • A Memorial Fund for Uncle Eddie
    Please refer to “Uncle Eddie’s Aloha Angel Fund” when making your tax-deductible donation. Tax receipt will be mailed to you. 
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As we begin this New Year, I want to thank all of you who have embarked on the StoryPlay® journey this past year. Having the opportunity to share this model with so many beautiful people around the world has given me gifts of gratitude that remain in my heart. Speaking of gratitude, I share this link with all of you. Perhaps it will warm your heart as it did mine when I first heard it.

Loving Kindness

In addition to Gratitude, the need for Loving Kindness is more present than ever. Loving Kindness heals and brings people together. Some years ago, I developed a program called “Tools of Kindness” for a school that wanted to address bullying. There is no question, that every act of Loving Kindness is an antidote to violence. Imagine our precious children beginning their day with acts of Loving Kindness at home and in the classroom. Our kids don’t need one more technological way to connect. They need to learn how to receive and share one act of Loving Kindness with others. Like the video focused on “Gratitude,” perhaps this video will inspire you to create programs related to Loving Kindness.
Special Acknowledgement 

Many wonderful accomplishments have been achieved by our Facilitators. I am honored to announce the ground-breaking new book edited by StoryPlay® Facilitator Janet A. Courtney and Robert D. Nolan: Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical and Clinical Guide. 

Additional congratulations go to Facilitators Amy Davis King and Danielle Woods whose contributed chapter: The Utilization of Touch and StoryPlay® in Preschool Bereavement Groups combines the theoretical underpinnings of Dr.’s Courtney & Nolan’s work, with the foundational principles of StoryPlay®. This book is a must!
Living the Questions

In Gratitude, I am sharing of one of my favorite quotes written by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke in the book Letters to a Young Poet, (translated by M.D. Herter Norton). I hope it nourishes your heart and uplifts your soul. 

“…have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
A Memorial Fund for Uncle Eddie
Dear Friends and Family, 

Over the months since Eddie’s passing, so many of you have sent blessings, prayers, and good wishes in many forms asking if there was a fund that had been set up in Eddie’s memory. I continued to say, “Not yet.” 

As it is with inspiration, one day while straightening out papers, I came across a lovely letter from Hospice of the Valley, letting me know about a donation that had been made by his sister Benita. The last paragraph mentioned “Fund development.” I looked up and saw a photo of Eddie standing in front of his beloved Angel shop while we lived on Kaua’i. 

In November, 1993 Uncle Eddie’s Aloha Angeles was opened with the intention of bringing joy and blessings to all who visited. Eddie would come home filled with stories about the wonderful people he met and the moving stories they shared. People from all over the world continued to visit for many years until we moved to Arizona in 2001. 

After reading the letter and seeing Eddie’s smiling face, a spark of inspiration came into my heart. I called Hospice, received information, spoke with our two sons Todd & Casey, and a special fund was set up whereby all contributions would directly benefit the Eckstein Center, the Hospice of the Valley facility where Eddie was so lovingly and skillfully cared for the last days of his life. 

If you should be moved to become a contributor, please send all donations to:
Hospice of the Valley
1510 E. Flower Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014


Please refer to “Uncle Eddie’s Aloha Angel Fund” when making your tax-deductible donation. Tax receipt will be mailed to you. 

With appreciation and love,
Joyce, Todd and Casey Mills
Keep telling your stories and Happy New Year, 
"Inspire hope, embrace change"
Joyce C. Mills PhD, LMFT, LLC

602.923.2704 | 6609 N. Scottsdale Rd. Bldg. G-103, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 
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