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Back to Comfort ZoneFebruary 2006: Comfort Zone ONLINE
A Letter from Elaine
HSPs Are Gathering in Many Places

Dear Highly Sensitive Readers,

It's still fairly wintery out--or it's supposed to be. Maybe that's why I find I've written a couple of articles with dark sides to them. But the intention is ultimately to lighten our load, not be depressing. I hope you benefit from them if they apply to you. Next issue will be more springy.

By the way, if you notice a typo or grammatical error in these articles, as I often do, well, just smile. It's a sign that I'm succeeding at being less of a perfectionist.

Seriously. It takes hours to write these articles, and I've promised myself not to work them over as long as when they were printed on paper. I have a great deal of writing I want to do, and my goal is to write more, edit less. But when I glance at the newsletter after it's posted and see a glaring error, which it seems I always do, I have to gulp and hope my fellow perfectionists-in-recovery will cheer me on...

No, I do not want the services of a proofreader. Being a perfectionist, I find no one does a good enough job!

What's up?

Gathering in U.K. The exciting news to me is the upcoming HSP Gathering in Somerset, U.K., April 6-10. This will be the first in Europe. Jacquelyn and I are very pleased it's happening. And if you want to go to Europe during the spring break, you are certainly welcome to join us, then maybe travel?

There will also be a gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin County), June 14 - 18, 2006. Ends in time for Father's Day celebration on Sunday, June 18th. Held at Santa Sabina Retreat Center, San Rafael, California (much closer to airports than Walker Creek Ranch).

And one in British Columbia, September 27 - October 1, 2006. Ends in time for Yom Kippur at sundown on Sunday Oct 1st. Held on Gabriola Island, 1.5 hours by car and ferry from Victoria.

In the planning stages: East Coast, October 2006. Details for all these gatherings at

Still Selling Selected Issues of the Newsletters
There's still a sale on certain issues of the paper newsletters. These are in no way less interesting or less in demand--we just printed too many of them.

And There's Still a Contact Center
The paper version of Comfort Zone had a rather popular section called the Contact Center. And we still have it. It just seems to be our best-kept secret. You can post anything on it if it is HSP-related--for example, searching for other HSPs in your area, starting a group of HSPs, or offering HSP-friendly psychological, career-counseling, or coaching services. Even medicine and dentistry. You name it.

But you don't see Contact Center items on the website because, for privacy reasons, they only go to those who have signed up online to receive the newsletter, as opposed to reading articles online after they are released. Those are thousands of people, so items in the Contact Center will be seen far more than when they were printed on paper. Sign up for our mailing list using the form available by clicking the link at the bottom of any webpage. Instructions for posting a notice are published in each issue of the newsletter we email.

Deadlines for submission are the tenth day (10) of February, May, August, and November. Items will be published only a single time, in the email notice sent most immediately after submission. Submissions will only be accepted from HSP mailing list members.

[EDITOR'S UPDATE 2016: Some items or services on this page may no longer be available.]

Too Many Talents?
Here's a book that might be just right for you: Renaissance Souls: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine. Many HSPs have an overabundance of talents and interests, plus trouble making decisions! Margaret helps you sort and plan without giving up very much at all. I highly recommend it for those of you in this predicament.

Warmly, Elaine

February 2006 Articles:
A Letter from Elaine
Reflections on Research: Ignored No Longer: New Interest in Us, New Theories about Us
Parenting Sensitive Children: Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy
Sensitive Emotion: HSPs and the Problem of Bearing an Unbearable Emotion


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