#ArtistsVoicesRising & the Manna of Poetry

#ArtistsVoicesRising & the Manna of Poetry

Beauty is a true human need. In his seminal work, psychologist Marshall Rosenberg‘s Nonviolent Communication, aka Compassionate Communication, identifies beauty as a true human need. In these confusing times of enormous national and global changes, I find that need more keen than ever. War, unrest, poverty, hate are ugly. The eye, soul, spirit, heart, need… Continue Reading

Momma Bear Turns 20+

Momma Bear Turns 20+

   If you heard an angry roar today, it was a momma bear on the west side of town.   There’s much of this journey into disAbility adulthood that reminds me of the shell-shocked uncertain steps we gingerly made at the beginning of this journey 20 years ago.   I’ve been reminded of the rude… Continue Reading

Creatures of Summer

Creatures of Summer

This weekend early summer crawled, slithered, darted, flew, droned, chirped, and bit. Nature was everywhere inside and outside my condo. Parades of black ants feasted on kitchen delights that evaded my eyesight. The only bug I just despise—besides maybe roaches—was spotted worming its weird, feathery, hairy, multi-legged self up my great room wall. Without guilt, I ended… Continue Reading

Mindfulness: Joy Infusion 101

Mindfulness: Joy Infusion 101

Mindful practices teach us to “watch our thoughts.” I’ve been watching. And lately, I’ve decided to wave a big ol’ yeller flag of caution. As I’ve navigated, with a nonexisting road map,  the post-22 landscape of disAbilities—that barren terrain after school ends forever—I developed a two-word mantra for my life the last nine months: JOY… Continue Reading

Autism Awareness Month, Year 2-0

Autism Awareness Month, Year 2-0

Dominating our 20th annual Autism Awareness Month are issues of finding transportation to work; wages management;* that yet, unfinished art website, and my own next career move. Grace was diagnosed with autism in 1997—so, two decades with this known “disorder” are in the books. Promoting awareness long ago became less of a focus and more… Continue Reading