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Adventures in Acrylics

by Tom Hood

Ever wondered if meditation is for you? You’ve heard that there are many benefits for your brain and wellbeing, yet perhaps you doubt that you can sit still that long?
Wonder no longer. The Guided Meditation class taught by Patty Tahara Rassouli may be just right for you.
Picture yourself comfortable and cozy as you are gently guided by Patty’s voice throughout the
meditation period. You can choose to sit in a chair, or
lie on the floor on a mat or cushion that you bring with you to class. Know that you will be effortlessly led through the meditation, possibly with a heightened awareness of your senses.
Afterward you may experience a deep sense of calm, peace and tranquility. Your desire to know more will also be satisfied in class discussions about the process and benefits of meditation.
Patty is a well-spoken meditation teacher who built her skills through teaching adult education for many years. Reiki and yoga are also Patty’s expertise. She believes that meditation pairs well with either of these, or the three of them combined. This meditation class can help you find inner peace in our fast-paced world.

Pencil Play

by Tom Hood

The Intersection of Psychology and the Law will examine instances in which a court's ruling on an individual's mental state is the crux of the case. For example, a defendant may be judged not guilty by reason of insanity, or the court may consider whether an individual has the mental capacity to make a will.
Dr. Judy Hails is especially well qualified to teach this course. She has degrees in law, criminal justice, and psychology; served from 1968 to 1973 as a deputy sheriff in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department; and had a long-term career teaching criminal justice at CSULB.
She taught there for more than forty years, served nine years as department chair, and counseled students. She was awarded her JD in 1976 and passed the California bar exam but never practiced law. In addition to statistics, she taught criminal procedure, evidence, and a class she developed on family violence. She wrote several textbooks, one of which is in its eighth edition.
Dr. Hails initially enrolled in graduate studies in psychology (her third masters degree) as an intellectual exercise but, intrigued with her coursework, decided to start a new career as a marriage and family therapist. After passing her licensing exam and completing lengthy hours of internship, she opened her office in 2018.
Retirement and a new career have not diminished Dr. Hails' desire to teach. Her courses at OLLI on emotional awareness started several terms ago. This course is the first to combine her knowledge of the law and psychology.