Monthly Archives: May 2010

Tiny Strokes

Here is a painting titled “the dance of the passion of the parts” that I made on 8/9/78 after waking up and remembering this image from my dreams.  I was depressed at the time and thought that by painting the image, I might gain insight into what was bothering me.  I sat on the front…

Pediatric Trauma: Getting the Word Out

I’m thrilled! I just left a website for the First International Conference on Pediatric Psychological Trauma. I didn’t know such a thing existed until two days ago when I spoke to someone on the phone who told me she had attended the conference last February at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  I’m…

Scars, Drawings, and Illness Narratives

Last week, I made a presentation in my friend Dylan Eret’s class in Humanities at the community college where I teach. The subject was Illness Narratives, and I spoke about my surgery and the creative process I engaged in in order to write my memoir.  To help students get a real feeling for this creative…

Blue

I’m not sure why I’ve been wanting to post this picture, but I think it has to do with the revelation I had the other day: I’ve never gotten enough oxygen. Smoking helped me breathe. Even as I wrote these lines, I was aware of how weird they sounded. Smoking helped me breathe? The color…