August Newsletter

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I think I can, I think I can…. Over the past year, this adage from Watty Piper’s classic book, The Little Engine That Couldwas my mantra while juggling school and full-time responsibilities of running Soaringwords. Well folks, it’s official — my Capstone thesis has been approved and is published in Scholarly Commons. My empirical research study measured the impact of a positive Soaringwords intervention on the well-being of hospitalized children. Well-meaning, thoughtful expressions of compassion and empathy can facilitate growth. We have begun the next wave of research and will be expanding the study with additional hospitals in the fall. A few weeks ago, as a family tradition, my husband and I traveled to Maine to visit our son Josh in camp. I enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating mini-holiday. Savoring the moments while looking forward to the next soaring adventure.
Sending you much love and soaring words,

Soaringwords News

Recent cool Soaringwords events.

Soaringwords + Zumba® Fitness = Love for hospitalized children

Whenever I get together with Zumba® Fitness lovers, I may enter the room as a stranger, but I always leave as part of a powerful community. It was a thrill to participate in a Zumba® Fitness Master Class in Miami orchestrated by the generous Dr. Olgalucia Duran and 15 awe-inspiring instructors who came together to raise funds to support bringing free monthly Zumba® Fitness classes to pediatric patients, families and staff in Miami hospitals. If you are going to be at the Zumba® Fitness Instructor Convention in August, please stop by our table to learn more about Soaringwords’ Zumba® Fitness in hospitals initiative. (Photo Right: Dr. Olgalucia Duran, Manu Musica, David Topel and Constanza Moreira) MORE PHOTOS

Amma: The Hugging Healer

I was curious to meet the woman who had hugged more than 32 million people, so Greta, Soaringwords’ Community Relations Manager, and I trekked to Massachusetts to join hundreds of people at the final stop on Amma’s 2013 U.S. tour. We experienced the POWER OF LOVE and hugs from Mata Amritanandamayi, affectionately known as Amma, which means “mother” in Hindi. Amma is a spiritual master who runs a global healthcare organization in India. Being part of the community involves nurturing the community. Greta and I reported for early morning kitchen duties where we chopped potatoes, carrots and peppers for a hearty vegetable soup that was served at lunch. It was meaningful to contribute, although Greta noted that it felt like being in an I Love Lucy episode as we tried to cut vegetables in precisely instructed shapes and sizes. Learn more about the healing power of hugs VIDEO


Soaringwords went behind the scenes at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Rain Room exhibit to create the latest SoaringMuseums® video to share on Ill children and families can make a virtual museum visit while at home or in the hospital. Students will view the video as part of Soaringwords Educational Outreach initiatives where students engage in service learning projects to inspire hospitalized children and families. (Photo right: Rain Room creators Hannes Koch and Flo Ortkrass with Soaringwords’ Founder Lisa Buksbaum and Rachel Gorman, Director of Hospital Outreach & Wellness Education) VIDEO

Community Outreach at PS163

Summer school is serious business which is why 70 students at PS 163 look forward to a Soaringwords service learning program as the highlight of each week.  Even record high temperatures could not deter volunteers and students from creating wonderful gifts during each weekly module — SoaringSuperheroes®; SoaringConstellations; SoaringFables®; Hieroglyphs from SoaringMuseums®; and SoaringMurals® for hospitalized children. Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer at our expanded fall program in six NYC schools or to bring a Soaringwords Educational program to schools nationwide.


Marcella Palmer and Shea Maultsby of M.INK Productionshave been devoted and generous collaborators on multiple videos for the Soaringwords Book Club, as well as SoaringMuseums® –Hatshepsut at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThree Centuries of Red and White Quilts at the New York Armory and most recently at MoMA’s Rain Room. Shea and Marcella are innovative professionals, always adding great value to each project. We had some great laughs  — such as the time the entire crew packed into Marcella’s SUV to get a clean audio track because the rain was too noisy during the Rain Room filming. If you have a production project that needs top notch talent, reach out to M.INK Productions.
SoaringHealth & Wellness

At the International Positive Psychology Association global conference in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of creating a Soaringwords video, with Gallop senior scientist, Shane Lopez. We discussed his latest book, Making Hope Happen. Watch the video to discover the difference between hope and wishing.

Touch Points

Soaringwords has powerful employee-engagement service projects to add to your fall and 2014 conferences and meetings. If you know of fabulous, hard-working, brilliant students or grownups, we still have space in our Soaringwords internship programs for fall or winter. Contact us at: 646-674-7105,