Confession Time: I stress.

  Okay so my first confession: I've been neglecting you. I'm sorry. I want to blog more and I will try harder. ;) Ok that wasn't my real confession but I needed to address that first!...more

Hoarder Confession: Grief, Shame, and Guilt Have Buried Me Alive

I’m no reality TV show junkie, trust me, but I have gravitated towards a show on A&E called Hoarders. Have you seen it? The people on the program all basically have the same issue:  they hold on to things that they perceive as valuable or that adds meaning to their lives. You immediately notice that their addiction is clearly dysfunctional and out of control. This is beyond clutter; the “stuff” they’ve accumulated has completely taken over their lives. They live to hoard....more
thesophislife  You're absolutely right, we are all so worth it.  We do deserve joy and happiness ...more

The Power of Pecans

I made some paleo banana bread muffins today for my kids's lunch for the week.  They're easy and tasty and chock full of pecans and raisins.   I don't ever binge on the paleo baked goods.  I like them and enjoy them, but don't have a need to eat more and more.  They're good to have around the house.Pecans are a whole different story....more
FatCat elaineR.N.Geez.  I meant to say AND to dinner, because I am hungry.  Hope you are able to ...more

Reflections on poverty

There are many times I want to lash out and hurt people. I struggle with my split-second rage every day. Yet I have seen - and felt - the devastating effects of releasing these emotions on people, whether or not they are deserving of it. Recently, I have seen several posts and reposts denouncing the actions and assumed motives of the poor. I struggle with my reaction to these posts - I have been that poor person; I have struggled to retain my dignity as I am forced to beg for help for the sake of my children....more

Artist in Residence on High Risk Pregnancy Unit

As a working artist I wear many different hats in order to make ends meet.   On Mondays and Wednesdays I facilitate an Art and Healing program on the High Risk Pregnancy Unit at Tulsa’s Peggy Helmerich Women’s Center.  I am considered and artist in residence through the Arts and Humanities Council.  I have done this project for over 8 years and have been witness to amazing, unintended results.  What began as a program to help break the boredom of the young women on the floor who were confined to their rooms and specifically to their beds for weeks and months at a ti...more

A Peek Into 2013

I wrote this back in 2013 when we had no idea what was going on with me. This is just a glimpse into what I went through before receiving a diagnosis for my rheumatoid arthritis. ...more

My New Lifestyle

I was diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) July 2013. The 2 years prior to being diagnosed was complete hell. I was on mega doses of prednisone for those 2 years because nobody knew what was going on. All my inflammation transpired and came out full force in my eye. My joints never hurt or bothered me....more

BUILD A DOOR WHERE THERE IS NONE.....Creating Your Own Opportunities...

 CREATE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNTIES……If There isn’t a Door…then BUILD ONE….I got to thinking this morning about how so many people simply sit around waiting for those elusive opportunities that simply seem to never come around…..How most Wait, and Wait, and Wait……and simply never see one of those opportunities appear at their doorstep….Sure I believe in Miracles…but I also believe God creates in us the ability to create our Miracles…..Miracles are what God does, not what we do….and yet I believe we Initiate our Miracles by what we do……...more

Can Your Period Make You Sick?

I wasn't going to write anything today because I'm just not feeling very well.  It's nothing serious. I just have a little springtime cold that's nagging at me. It makes me feel tired and unmotivated. You know... even more than usual. But then I noticed something and I got curious and did a little research and learned something new so I thought I would share it....more