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!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art in my food?

Volunteers at Juvenile Hall were feted this evening to thank us all for our contributions. I'm not currently volunteering, but have for the last eight years, until about a month ago. I taught Arts and Crafts to miscreants on all the units so I know lots of kids and have a tool chest of thousands of art activities.

In the meantime, I've put together a proposal that will be under consideration later this week and I'm hopeful that the response will be positive. Instead of offering one activity to an entire housing unit, I'm suggesting that several activities be offered simultaneously on a volunteer basis -- all over dinner!

I'm hoping the kids can learn manga, rubber stamp carving, art journaling, mandala construction and other art activities in a small room away from the kids who really aren't interested and who drag us all down. To top it off I offered a snazzy new title: Art Your Ready for Dinner? to catch the kids' attention and to emphasize that they'll be bringing their food trays into the activity room.

Those in the know have indicated that the proposal is likely to fly, but I can see lots of reasons why it might not -- new sharp objects (to carve rubber stamps), a major change in protocol because everything is scheduled and regimented -- it's Juvenile Hall, after all -- but I'd like to see some creativity and imagination so will stay hopeful until I have reason not to be.

While I'm waiting I'll just draw my sunflower leaves...


  1. You did a fine job with these leaves, and I can't believe how big the chickens have gotten! nancy

  2. Lovely drawing! And I think your idea is wonderful. I can't imagine they'll allow the stamp carving, but it looks like there would still be plenty of activities left if that was taken out! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  3. Hi Nancy - I love to draw leaves! I need to just recognize that fact and do it.

    So Raena -- Against all odds, they went for the sharps! I'm as surprised as you probably are.


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