A new concept expressive arts piece

Here is a new expressive arts piece based on the theme of swirling thoughts.  This piece is a mixed media collage with 3 poems, below. 

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Expressive arts and post-traumatic growth.

This set is an expansion series on a 20-year-old painting depicting post-traumatic growth using mixed media collage with Acrylic, original poetry and feathers. The original painting was from a recurring nightmare that I’d had most of my life where the person in the dream had no face. When I painted it, I wanted to turn…

Two new expressive arts works and new page.

Here are two new expressive art pieces… both mixed media collage with poetry.  Poetree at Dawn… Grounding Thoughts, and Poetree at Dusk… Peace. I have created a new page for this site for my expressive arts pieces here. Poems that accompany these pieces posted below: Grounding Thoughts Sometimes, our pain is so great that the…

An expression of gratitude.

I’m feeling really humbled and settled in my soul right now. I’ve been feeling at home since I started my internship, and although I’ve had a lot of awkward moments (when have I not?), I’ve been learning so much and filling in a lot of gaps that have been missing since I moved to the…


In a world where double-speak, hidden meaning, and the panoptic lens of social media demand our loyalty in 280-character soundbytes and memes, I find my center by stepping away from the desire to be seen, understood, accepted by others and instead seek these from myself.

Drag Queen Story Hour: Teaching love, compassion, and grace at all levels.

Today, our little community library held a drag queen story hour in celebration of pride month.  These events are meant to teach about diversity and inclusion.  These events have been under attack across the country by anti-LGBTQ+ religious and political groups.  To date, a federal court has dismissed a case brought by these groups in…

Deconstructing the Binary

We see gender as binary because gender is a social construction, which means that we are taught how to behave like a boy or a girl from the time we are born, based on our biological sex as defined by the genitalia with which we are born… Because sex and gender are not synonymous, and because our society is still engaging in gender wars between the constructs of male and female, as a society we are still trying to understand gender identity on multiple levels. This is my experience.

Graceful Revolution

“I believe in a new brand of advocacy where we humble ourselves to our shortcomings and engage in acts of graceful revolution that bring light to the true reality of people’s lives. I believe that if we engage people in their own spaces, teach them to look at injustices as moments that touch all of…

Holding on to faith while letting go of fear

We often get the reminder that we have to start where we are.  Whether we are frustrated with the person who cut us off on the road or the slow clerk who is not understanding our request at the store, or we face a crisis that has the potential to change our trajectory in unexpected or unwanted ways, we have to start where we are.