On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Just drink tea

Here in "sunny California" the fog is sitting on the ground. The mountain behind my house has disappeared and most of the neighborhood went with it. What a great day to blog! After not blogging, not journaling, not drawing for an entire week, I'm back. I'm recommitting to daily everything because it keeps me sane and keeps me learning.

This week I tried to introduce visual journaling to girls at Juvenile Hall. My belief is that feelings and beliefs and events that are set out in front of us are both diluted and enhanced. They are diluted in the sense that they become less frightening; they are enhanced in that they become more understood. The girls were not impressed -- that was the impetus to the squirrel collage I posted yesterday. It was a quick demonstration of one journal method -- to respond to a visual image. Yesterday, for myself, I collaged a simple belief that I hold -- Tea is the antidote to most things negative! And then I decided I better DRAW something because I missed an entire week. This serves the Everyday Matters challenge #139 - "Draw something with a handle."


  1. Like your drawing and your collage! It sounds like you had a delightful day.

  2. Yes I agree, problem ,just put the kettle and have a cup of tea. Well done with the teapot, good choice for the challenge.

  3. I'll drink to that! ;) Super drawings!

  4. Very nicely done! And I, too, believe that problems can be solved with tea. I love tea!


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