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Season 2: Episode 23: Radical Acceptance

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Archer’s future was in limbo — as everyone waited to see if his body would respond to a last ditch medical attempt to seal a hole in his lungs and if the Shepherd Center would officially accept him or not — but for Bill and Louise, that was not the only thing in limbo. The highly anticipated launch party on September 1 to celebrate the publication of their first book, Being Relational: The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change, was being scuttled. Up until Archer’s injury, they had been coordinating with their publisher, publicists and others, but when they found themselves in the ICU with Archer, many plans and dreams changed as the couple’s focus shifted to their son. In Season 2: Episode 23: Radical Acceptance, Louise shares how radical acceptance is more than just accepting life as is, it’s knowing there is something grander than what can be seen. 

In this episode, you will hear excerpts from interviews with:

Bill Senft, Louise’s husband and co-author. Bill and Louise open a tender conversation they had not had before about Bill’s experience bedside Archer, and his wonderings about why and his deep sadness about the loss of his dreams for a book he and Louise spent years writing.  You will hear their ideas of what radical acceptance means to them. 

Christine Belleris, chief editor, HCI Publishers in Boca Raton, FL, publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Bill and Louise’s book, Being Relational: the Seven Ways to Quality Interaction & Lasting Change. She and Louise talk about the book publishing process, their working together, and the challenge of releasing a book during a time of crisis.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Emotional Piano Improvisation by Alexander Nakarada

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6199-emotional-piano-improvisation

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Peppers Theme by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4998-peppers-theme

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

This episode is sponsored by I C THAT — The Integrative Center for Trauma Healing, Advocacy and Transformation. I C THAT is a nonprofit that seeks to change the response to the trauma experience.  I C THAT provides A Multidisciplinary Family Support and Advocacy Team for Spinal Cord Injury families in the first 30 days of crisis, a National Registry of Unexpected SCI Recoveries, a national conference The Science of Trauma: Hope for Trauma Healing, and trauma healing education for families and medical staff. To donate and find out more about their annual conference, please visit www.ICTHAT.org

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 23: Radical Acceptance.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 19: The (New) North Star

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_23_6nrnq.jpgPart 3 of a trilogy. As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. 

In today’s third part of this text trilogy, you’ll hear about the fast paced orchestration by Louise and the Shepherd Center with assistance from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Louise’s friends to get a Spinal Cord Injury expert nurse practitioner to fly in to assess Archer and what it meant to have that expertise for Louise, Archer and their family. Settle in to hear some raw and some tender unedited texts from Aug 29th and 30th — including clips and messages and even a cameo performance by a family dog which family and friends sent to Archer and Louise. You’ll hear the joy, the sorrow and everything in between as Louise and her family members were in a waiting game as they found their new North Star: not just getting Archer out of the ICU at AtlantiCare, but the potential to transport Archer to Atlanta.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Pete Senft

Dewey Senft

Anne Hamman

In addition, you’ll hear interview excerpts from:

Bernadette Mauro, the Director of Information and Resources at the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, who was in contact with Louise over rehab options. She and Louise reflect on the conversations Bernadatte had with Billy and Louise about the Shepherd Center and their teen unit and how hard it was to convince Billy that Archer shouldn’t return to Baltimore right away.

Jackson Morrill, a childhood and highschool lacrosse friend of Archer’s, who attended the Prayer Vigil at The Friend’s School, Baltimore. He shares with Louise the heaviness and fear of Archer’s unknown future that weighed on Archer’s friends.

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 19: The (New) North Star,

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

Season 2: Episode 18: Hot Cocoa

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_23_6nrnq.jpgPart 2 of a trilogy. As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. 

In this second part of this text trilogy, you’ll continue to hear about confidential negotiations to bring a Sheppard Center representative to assess Archer when the hospital said Archer was not transportable and they were out of options. Settle in to hear unedited texts from Aug 28th and 29th and hear Archer’s voice in a prescient Youtube of a school assignment from his freshman year of high school that Paula found and sent out to family that day. Listen along as the potential to move to the Shepherd Center begins to crystalize, slowly in real time, all thanks to Louise’s family and friends across the country and across the decades of her life responding to her Family & Friends Updates. 

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Pete Senft

Archer Senft

Dewey Senft

Dutch Senft 

Anne Hamman

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 18: Hot Cocoa.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

 

Season 2: Episode 17: Caught in No Man‘s Land

Copy_of_blink-1024x512-_21_6iywv.jpgPart 1 of a 2 part companion episode.  As Louise was culling through her archive of text messages in 2015, she had her own epiphany: with so many different things happening all at the same time, she wanted to provide a window into this intense period of time by bringing the voices to life. Join Louise in this special 2 part Episode for a fast-paced chock full unvarnished look even behind the Family and Friends updates.  You’ll hear about confidential negotiations to bring a Sheppard Center representative to assess Archer when the hospital said Archer was not transportable and they were out of options, insurance obstacles, work obligations, Mom concerns, and Billy’s talk at the Prayer Vigil, including intimate dialogue between Louise and Billy, and a very tender dialogue with her old college friend about what does it mean to believe in God. Settle in to hear texts in full from the voices of her family. Immerse yourself in the web of connection these texts created for Louise.

In this episode, you’ll hear the voices of:

Billy Senft

Paula Senft Easton

Dewey Senft

Pete Senft

Anne Hamman

You’ll also hear an excerpt from an interview with:

Jackson Morrill, a childhood and high school lacrosse friend of Archer’s, who attended the Prayer Vigil at The Friend’s School, Baltimore. He and Louise speak about the portal that a gathering for a prayer vigil provided to so many young people who were still in shock to begin to talk openly about their pain and their hopes as they too were impacted by Archer’s tragedy. 

Our theme music is Victoria Vox. Music in this episode is:

Placid Ambient by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6189-placid-ambient

License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Listen in afterwards to this week’s companion Trauma Healing Learnings episode for new understandings on trauma and tools to navigate your own trauma healing: Trauma Healing Learning 17: Caught In No Man’s Land.

To find out more about Archer, Louise, and this podcast, visit our website at blinkofaneyepodcast.com, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blinkofaneyepodcast. Our Twitter is @blinkofaneyepod. Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

You can become a member of our Patreon community and see extra Blink of an Eye content and bonus episodes at our Patreon page

To see some of Archer’s artwork, check out www.slimeyard.com

#hopeforeverything   #obtaineverything

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