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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 trace the previous drawing and see what changed. I kept the diamond “plates” so-to-speak covering my breasts and genitals but don’t think I would have depicted them quite this way presently.  Neither would I have kept the shapes near the jaw the same. So I see that I’m writing my way into a new promise, not for next time, but sometime soon:  a completely new self-portrait.

Two things that make me feel really good about this picture are the spirals circling my middle and my throat. My middle space, the part of my body that was directly operated on as a baby, is much more free. It communicates with me now. We are in communication and so my life is much more informed by the power that is available at the center.  My throat is also more active. It’s as if the pink spiral represents a voice being projected, for I’ve been able to be more vocal about my early experience and speak my true emotions. This blog, myincision, has amplified my ability to gain power through my voice.

I am grateful to all of you who take the time to read my words and experience my artwork. You–this community–is part of this new Self-portrait 2011. You are part of the reason that I speak and express myself in the world.  Thank you for contributing to my growth and to the growth of the planet.

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… Continue Reading

New Research on Stress

Here is the web address for a film you’ve got to see––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… Continue Reading

Introducing SIS–Surviving Infant Surgery blog

Just want to give a shout-out about Fred Vanderbom’s new blog at 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… Continue Reading

Resolution 2011

Scary as it is, juiced by the encouraging End of the Year Summary I received from (“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… Continue Reading