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Shelby here, an enthusiastic punkling at POCA Tech and membership circle volunteer, knee deep in the membership drive. In preparation for the membership drive, I had the honor of interviewing and collecting posts from folks in POCA so that y'all could read, enjoy and be
Thanks to all who wrote with great hiring questions, to share difficult circumstances (not fit for this blog, unfortunately) and to ask for a bit of clinic space-searching advice. I loved hearing from you all.
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If you're like me, working as an acu-punk brings opportunity to answer many and various questions - from folks visiting clinic, from one's own co-workers and colleagues and of course from the generally acu-curious.
So many questions in fact, I wrote a little book
This is Jade. I am working on the POCA Calendar. I'd love it if you all could email me your photos or hilariously photoshop some existing photos. :D I remember the last POCA Calendar had a group at POCAfest with their heads photoshopped onto a 300
People need community and human connection and while the physical community is slowing shrinking the online community grows. I've been told that the average person spends 1 hours each day on Facebook. Even though people are not physically seeing each other as much, we as humans still
A week ago Thursday I attended the second-ever meeting (my first) of the Cully Boulevard Business Alliance, at the Shady Lady Tavern at the five-way intersection of Cully Blvd, NE 60th Ave, and NE Prescott St. If you look on a map that shows the incidence of crime in
As I was editing Cris and Skip's video about deprogramming, I got to thinking about a conversation we had here a couple of years ago. A POCA comrade who now runs a very successful clinic said on the forums that the most essential thing the CA movement gave
You know the folk tale called Stone Soup, right? I was doing some work on WCA's manual for POCA volunteers today and I realized I needed to put this in. (Note: thanks to Kevin Campopiano for originally pointing this out.)
A poor soldier is traveling home
I'm always trying to explain to people the trick to becoming a good Punk, a good Acupuncturist, and a good Community Acupuncture clinic. It's not easy, trying to explain this, in part because it is so simple and we always want to complicate things, right? Yep. It
Below is one of my favourite poems of all time. I think about it from time to time, especially when I am in the clinic, and it's busy and I'm humming along doing what I know to be really Good Work.
Like many of my colleagues, there are many things about being a community acupuncturist (A.K.A: Acupunk) that remind me of my time working in food service. When I have a full schedule, the pace of being in the busy clinic is identical to being in a
Sometimes it's exhilarating to look up, to feel connected, and to realize we are not alone, we are all working together and helping each other.
I love POCA.
I love the community it's created
Let members of POCA's governing body, the General Circle, tell you why they think POCA is great!
Just a simple and fun post here. I remember back in acu-school, first class point location and the teacher there saying that while there are over 360 points we'll be learning, in reality he only uses 50 of them regularly. And as far as he could tell that was true
Your Acupuncture education is like a house. It’s a big expensive house and one with lots of curb appeal. Once you get inside you realize that much of it is not very useful. There are hallways that lead to nowhere. Things are constantly breaking down. The furnace
…I learned that I want to go next year, and that I thought of the folks there in Portland the whole weekend. But that is not the take-away message. It’s not even the take-away message that it needed to have been closer (it didn’t)
So, I was walking into the treatment room to unpin one of my patients, and just as I opened the door I hear country music BLASTING through the room. The patient right in front of me was rocking out with her head phones on (wireless) that had just died.
New to the CAN blogs, I think it best that I introduce myself. I’m Steve, a newbie in the Community Acupuncture movement and one who’s returned from a long hiatus after my BA practice. In essence, I’m starting fresh with almost no
I just left the clinic and bumped into the Emperor coming up the stairs in the Community Center where CommuniChi is located - well, sort of anyways. Governor Christine Gregoire was dressed in work pants and a United Way t-shirt and was flanked by other volunteers as part of
While practicing the style taught in U.S. Chinese Medicine schools, I read these articles written by Lisa Rohleder in 2006-07 for Acupuncture Today (the paper versions):
"Acupuncture and Social Entrepreneurship", March '06 http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=30335
I drove 1,773 miles in June to attend a Dr. Tan Conference. I stopped at Starbucks no less than 15 times on the 30-hour drive. I could have stopped for more. Had I wanted to, I could have grabbed a java every 15-30 minutes--from Maryland to Chicago--because there were that many
I have a clinic that is so small, we whisper in the waiting/reception area. Some time ago I found this and saved it, and now cannot remember where I got it! But I'd like to share it with other Whispering
Reading the CAN blog is like walking on a beach and picking up treasures...pretty stones, shells, admiring the uniqueness in each individual's way of expression. I like to leave Nature the way I found it, put down the pretty stones and shells so other creatures can use them,
I want to be the Subaru guy.
You know, every town has one. Maybe it’s the Volkswagon guy or the Toyota guy.* The local mechanic that works on the work-horse cars, the ones we
(This is only one CAP’s outlook on the development of a practice, but perhaps someone out there will resonate with it?)
I recently taught a course on advanced therapeutics at a nearby acupuncture college. The request to teach was short notice so I did not have much time to plan, but essentially it was a crash course on community style acupuncture. The experience has given me much to ponder in
Last night as I, my wife and our two little ones settled onto the lawn of Lions Park in Benson, Arizona, preparing for the annual Independence Day firework display to kick off, we and about 1500 residents of our small, working class town of about 5000 people watched this video. Immediately
Why do doctors wear white lab coats? Because they say "science".
This blog piece by Dr. Chris McCoy (any relation to Michael?) on the Common Dreams forum seems quite relevant to the acupuncture profession. The acupuncture profession as embodied by the national organizations, seems more concerned with practitioner status and income, rather than serving the public good. Any notion of
health care debate
laws and regulations
locate a clinic
no martyrs in this revolution
put up or shut up