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Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Over the last few years ESP has been covered in a variety of publications from magazines, newspapers, radio, blogs, and even TV. Truth be told, we have learned quite a bit from these varied perspectives but rarely has the piece caused us to laugh. However, back in December we found such a piece created by journalist, Russ Litten, for The Independent (UK) newspaper. It was one of a few articles of the type where a reporter was given the assignment to follow the ESP "rules" for a week, as opposed to their traditional arrangement, and report on the experiment.

At the end of the article Russ jokes that he may write us a thank you note. Apparently, our worksheet on the sharing of household chores exposed the fact that he never writes them. Well, I would like to recognize that Russ has followed through. I received a note from Russ today stating, "I actually learnt a lot from the experiment and my wife and have tried to take on board many of your principles - and in time, and with practice and continued concentration, they have become an intrinsic part of our lives."

Russ, we are thrilled to have you along for the ride that is ESP. You have helped us make the point that ESP is not a quick-fix for any problem a different family model may have but rather a model that allows both parents the opportunity to walk in each other's shoes on a regular basis along with a decent shot at a balanced life.

We would be happy to hear the wisdom of your ESP successes sometime in the future!


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