Articles & Blogs

Feb 22 2021

Losing a Beloved Animal, Part 2

Dedicated to Pablo "Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what's missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we're here." ― Trisha McCagh It has been over two months since Pablo left us. It continues to leave a big hole in my life. The space that animals inhabit can be simple and to those who don’t have pets or connect with animals on a daily basis may not understand the ...
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Jan 29 2021

Permission to Dream: Visioning Exercises

VISIONING and INTENTION SETTING Permission to Dream even if you feel lost, broken, or fearful “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ― Audre Lorde The most important thing about dreams and goals is to remember that everything starts with our imagination. We always have access to our imagination despite what challenges we are facing. Even the smallest seed can bear fruit. The creative process itself is a guide to create a new reality. If we can make visual art ...
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Dec 24 2020

Art Cures for Holiday Loneliness

“It is an interesting metaphysical as well as astronomical truth, that it is only when you have good darkness that you can see the faint lights, whether it is faint stars, or the little points of light, the thousand points of light that bring us hope even in darkness.” – Brother Guy Consolmagno Honoring Winter Solstice Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah This is a very different year that any of us had imagined and the holidays are no exception. I compiled a list of activities for those of you that might be feeling especially isolated this time of year or have ...
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Dec 15 2020

Losing a Beloved Animal

Dedicated to Pablo Writing for Heart and Soul "All sorrows can be borne, if you put them into a story.” -Isak Dinesen PART 1 This is a time of great loss. So many of us our losing loved ones, and our beloved animals are no exception. Last week I helped Pablo, my 15 1/2 year old orange tabby, transition out of this life. Since his passing, I have been flooded with memories of our time together. These memories evoke stories that mark the passage of time as well as the bond that we had together. I have felt compelled to ...
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Jun 30 2020

Poetry, Trauma, White Body Supremacy 

"Our country is like a really old house. I love old houses. I’ve always lived in old houses. But old houses need a lot of work. And the work is never done...Whatever you’re ignoring will be there to be reckoned with until you reckon with it. And I think that that’s what we’re called upon to do where we are right now." - Isabel Wilkerson It is an emotional time as we continue to face the uncertainty ahead. I am waking up to new realities in my life and work as I step up to act and learn more about racial ...
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Feb 19 2020

Taking Risks in Art Making

Taking Risks in Art Making Without Losing Yourself "Yes, I felt very small. The typewriter seemed larger than a piano, I was less than a molecule. What could I do? I drank more." -  Albert Sánchez Piñol, Pandora in the Congo  Creating from an honest place - making art about real emotions, stories, memories, truths can be incredibly freeing. It can also be risky, and scary. How can we step into our truth and make art without feeling too exposed? Or losing stability? Or having a shame or self-critic attack? What can keep us grounded and centered while diving into ...
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Jan 21 2020

Making a 15 Minute Life/Art Collage

Happy 2020! There is something remarkable about a new decade. I'm feeling the shift more than I expected. The transition to 2020 is potent and I am enthusiastic about the year(s) ahead.  Art is the anchor for me in the ups and downs and having a creative practice helps to mark the passage. Here is a simple collage exercise that I've been doing since my 20's, but have streamlined over the last few months. It helps me express myself, be introspective and playful, AND it can be completed in a very short period of time which stimulates the reward center of the brain :). Doing ...
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Nov 22 2019

Passion Projects: Making Art

I am committed to the creative process. This involves making art, helping others make art and seeing projects to fruition. I feel most alive when I'm in the art space and helping people have meaningful creative experiences. Some art pieces or projects come to fruition and some get left behind. Regardless of the outcome, the act of engaging in a project can be inspiring and extremely rewarding. On the flip side, making art can also be discouraging and at times heartbreaking. Many people come to art because they have a passion, and they want to bring their fire out into the world in an expressive way. This passion may be fueled from love, ...
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Aug 27 2019

5 Reasons For A Creative Day

“What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.” John Updike I often wake up in the middle of the night with inspirations in various forms. If I’m writing something, ideas might flow in. When I have spent a day editing film, moving images flash through my brain. And, since I’m a teacher of expressive arts work, a vision of a creative experience might arrive. This is what happened when I came up with my creative mini-retreats. My train of thought was as follows - we are isolating ourselves through online communication and over-stimulus. There are ...
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Aug 27 2019

On Being an ‘Art Therapist’

I am an art therapist - to be specific my titles are ‘expressive arts therapist’ and ‘somatic movement therapist’. My work is out of the box, and when I tell people what I do it usually requires a fair amount of explanation. In many ways, this is really amazing - I love my work. I firmly believe in, and have evidence to illustrate the power of artistic expression to heal. And, it is not a simple path to follow - over the last 20(!) years, I have built my business from the ground up. I have hit up against not ...
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