Self Compassion: A New Expressive Arts Piece

What I know about growth is that it takes the time it takes. We can’t force it. We can’t jump ahead in the line. We have to start where we are, with acceptance that we don’t know whatever it is that we don’t know yet. And when we know better, we do better. It really…

Teachers

September always brings a sense of nostalgia and deja vu for me. Something about the intersections of new beginnings and letting go. This is the first year in many that it doesn’t mean back to school for me… but I have a lot of friends who are teacher, was raised by a teacher, and with…

Dance

I grew up in a culture where my generation didn’t know how to dance. In middle class white culture, Dancing was for lovers. For performers. But not for celebration. Not for rebellion. Not for connection. Not for tradition. The expressions of humanity were sanctioned under very specific social rules, because the only people that danced…

To Love

To love, to give, to receive, to speak kindness, to touch, to give our time and attention. for love is the only freedom that allows each of us to be fully human with one another. A place where we can sit right where we are and start with whatever is right in front of us…

A new concept expressive arts piece

Here is a new expressive arts piece based on the theme of swirling thoughts.  This piece is a mixed media collage with 3 poems, below. 

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Expressive arts and post-traumatic growth.

This set is an expansion series on a 20-year-old painting depicting post-traumatic growth using mixed media collage with Acrylic, original poetry and feathers. The original painting was from a recurring nightmare that I’d had most of my life where the person in the dream had no face. When I painted it, I wanted to turn…

Two new expressive arts works and new page.

Here are two new expressive art pieces… both mixed media collage with poetry.  Poetree at Dawn… Grounding Thoughts, and Poetree at Dusk… Peace. I have created a new page for this site for my expressive arts pieces here. Poems that accompany these pieces posted below: Grounding Thoughts Sometimes, our pain is so great that the…

Transition

In a world where double-speak, hidden meaning, and the panoptic lens of social media demand our loyalty in 280-character soundbytes and memes, I find my center by stepping away from the desire to be seen, understood, accepted by others and instead seek these from myself.

Drag Queen Story Hour: Teaching love, compassion, and grace at all levels.

Today, our little community library held a drag queen story hour in celebration of pride month.  These events are meant to teach about diversity and inclusion.  These events have been under attack across the country by anti-LGBTQ+ religious and political groups.  To date, a federal court has dismissed a case brought by these groups in…