Monthly Archives: April 2010

More Psychology Club Talk

Sarah Peterson-Guada, the teacher who invited me to speak at the Psychology Club, shared her impressions of the talk in an email to me and I include it below, followed by an excerpt of my email response to her.  I welcome anyone who attended my talk, PTSD: Life in the Aftermath of Infant Surgery, to…

At the College of Alameda Psychology Club

I am so lucky and so privileged to have presented my talk about infant surgery and PTSD to a group of students. Their faces and their openness encouraged me, helping me feel comfortable and safe.  I am also excited about having shown my artwork, which illustrates the way I’ve coped with my early trauma.  These images…

Anesthetized or Not?

In 1978, trying to understand the depression I was experiencing and hoping to find some relief, I made some drawings. As I look closely at this image from that series, I see that nothing inside my body is connected:  the ribs are separate; my sternum is an isolated plate; my shoulder bones aren’t touching my…

Heaven on Earth: Day Three

I kept up my positive self-talk and really trusted that I could find an answer to the riddle. Amazing that within the very material of the second part of the first chapter, I found the solution–rearrangement!  However, at one point, I entertained the idea of taking the material out of Chapter One and creating two…

Puzzle Pieces: Day Two

Ok, I’m off my high from yesterday. Today I began reading the second half of chapter one and oooh, I found some problems. Initially, I was disappointed because a solution did not jump into my head. But then I remembered what I tell my students at community college when they peer review a classmate’s essay…

Re-seeing Sea Creature: Day One

I am sitting next to my manuscript, begun many years ago and finished no less than four times.  The last time, I was certain The Autobiography of a Sea Creature was ready to go.  Last November, I finished a first draft of a book proposal, venturing closer to the final hour when I would send…

Stitches and Me

David Small‘s new graphic novel Stitches is a must read. My mouth is still hanging open from the impact of this astounding work–a memoir in comic book format but definitely not funny. I can’t believe how deeply I connected with it and feel the author and I have lived parallel lives.  Or perhaps this type…