Monthly Archives: January 2011

Self-portrait 2011: 1982 Updated

Here I am, new and improved–an updated 1982 portrait as promised in my last post. More color overall, more different colors, some spirals and oval squiggles. Check out my blue eyes. How fun! I know that if I drew a self-portrait from scratch, it wouldn’t look anything like this rendition above, but I wanted to…

Another Self-Portrait!

Here’s one from 1982 near the end of my therapy with Lee (see recent posts). The overtly sexual parts of my body are completely blacked out, but thankfully I’ve got green going in my arms, hands, and brain, on my nose and very importantly, in my eyes. In this way, the picture is very hopeful…

Depression begone!

I promised you a positive self-portrait. Here it is! As I wrote about in “Angry at 24” two blog posts ago, at age 26, my therapist Lee helped me acknowledge my anger and, perhaps most importantly, my grief. She helped me to give myself permission to cry over the early operation and all the sadness…

A Must-read Book

I just finished reading, for the second time, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing, by Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt.  She speaks to so many of the ideas that I believe in with regards to the way modern medicine must be…

Angry at 24

Here’s a self-portrait that I made when I was twenty-four-years old. At the time, I was working on my slim sense of self with a therapist; I was quite depressed off and on. Unfortunately, I never trusted her enough to show her my drawings. In this picture, what I notice most is my anger. My mouth…

New Research on Stress

Here is the web address for a film you’ve got to see– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfqKDSinees–about the new findings about stress in modern society. This link brings you to Part IV of the video, but I’m highlighting this particular section because it discusses the Dutch Hunger Winter children. Studies show that stress in mothers who were pregnant during this…

Introducing SIS–Surviving Infant Surgery blog

Just want to give a shout-out about Fred Vanderbom’s new blog at http://survivinginfantsurgery.wordpress.com/. Here is a place to find out fascinating information about infant surgery and read stories of those who’ve survived infant surgery. He is looking for narratives to share on this site, so please think about submitting one. Also, let other people know about…

Resolution 2011

Scary as it is, juiced by the encouraging End of the Year Summary I received from WordPress.com (“A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.”), I am committing to posting twice a week in 2011. Yikes!  Did I just write that? Last…