Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Four Years of Survivorship

Four years ago today I heard those words…

“You have Breast Cancer”…

Everyone’s life can change forever at any moment…

That day my life changed forever…

It changed my whole family’s life forever…


I am here.

Four years later.

I am another year closer to the next milestone.

I have learned many lessons.
                                                                      stop and smell the flowers...



                              don't worry about everything... just the important things....



                                                         make a memory today....

                                                            balance...

I try to remember the lessons each day....while I


                                               I am blessed.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Taylor Swift in Concert.... Fearless


We went to see Taylor Swift at Staples Center Friday night. 

What an unbelievable show…. For a girl who is 19 she is an amazing talent and she commands the stage. She was having fun and therefore her audience had fun too.

The show opened with Gloriana… I was not familiar with them but they were enjoyable for an opening band. They too looked like they were having fun.

Next was Kellie Pickler… we were disappointed in her performance. Having watched her and voted for her on American Idol, we felt like she really did not want to be there. She was always so bubbly and fun. She looked like she came from her sound check… or fell asleep and they woke her up a few minutes before she had to come out onstage. She had twisted her ankle and was limping… so maybe she was in pain and REALLY did not want to be there… but then again there is that old saying ”the show must go on”…



Not even a costume change… or even a cute coat and then remove it to see a cute outfit underneath. “N” thinks she even forgot the words to a song. The microphone went out… which I know is not her fault… it was just disappointing.

But… then… the… headliner….

TAYLOR SWIFT…

The show was fun, fast and furious. She sang and danced and flung her long golden locks for 2 hours (okay that part was starting to get a bit annoying)….  She wanted to be there… she enjoyed being there… we enjoyed being there… (except for the tone deaf girl that stood next to me trying to blast out a few songs).

I love that she writes her songs… especially about boys that have done her wrong… in a part of the show they portrayed an interview and the interviewer asked her if perhaps she thought that boys may not want to date her if she is going to write songs about them… Her response… “then they shouldn’t do bad things”…

If you get a chance to go to her concert… go… you will not be disappointed. She is a good testament to putting God’s gifts to good use. She is a good role model for kids who have talent but maybe do not use it. I hope that she remains a good role model and her success and fame do not go to her head.

Here are a few shots…. Enjoy….




Monday, April 12, 2010

Synchronicity....

the relation that exists when things occur at the same time…
coincidences that seem to be meaningfully related…


I am a believer in synchronicity…

I am a believer that things happen for a reason...

I have been creating for a very long time… I love to create… I love art….

Since 2004 I have been involved with a wonderful organization… Art & Creativity for Healing…

I have taken almost every workshop that Laurie has offered… I am a graduate of the Chapman Certificate Program in Laurie Zagon’s method… I have facilitated workshops at many of the organizations that Art & Creativity serves. I have been involved in fundraising and trying to get her message out to the world.  My family participated in the "Healing is Helping" video while I was fighting cancer. I was the inaugural Secretary for the heARTs for Healing Women's Guild. Recently Laurie has created two new workshops… as soon as I received the notice I was intrigued… this past Saturday I drove to her studio in Laguna Niguel…

I was so excited…

The workshop’s title was “Painting from the Heart”… perfect… Laurie guided us through 3 hours of painting and sharing… Art & Creativity is really about the process… another way to express yourself when words sometimes just won’t cut it… a way to express yourself through paint and color…

                                            healing hearts....

My healing paintings are very different from my collages or even my other paintings. To me it is a cleansing… a way to get "stuff" out… on a canvas… it does not have to “look like anything”… I have no preconceived ending… it is just fun and healing…


                                           loving myself and others...

Since 2008 I have been following Somerset Studios and working to be published in their magazines.

Many of you creatives out there are aware that Jenny Doh has since left the Stampington family of publications and has started a new venture… CRESCENDOh

She is building a community of artists who can share their stories of how “Art Saves”… as well helping those in need…

When I heard about this new site I emailed Jenny to see how I could get involved…

I was contacted by Susan from CRESCENDOh, she invited me to send in my story of how art has saved me… I cannot write my “Art Saves” story without Art & Creativity for Healing.

Synchronicity….

Saturday I painted for 3 hours and processed my emotions from the heart.
Today my “Art Saves” story is up on CRESCENDOh.com…

Some things just happen for a reason…..

                                           guard your heart...

Monday, April 5, 2010

A little Easter Excitement....

Yesterday was exciting for us Southern Californians…
First… Easter Sunday…we ended up sitting outside for mass as our church owns two churches right now and both were full. We were outside to celebrate this glorious day…

Followed by brunch and 5 tables full of food to choose from… delicious.

We were hanging out at home… L and I were in our bedroom and then N came in to show us her school project that she had been working on. I heard a little rattle and I thought the cat was making some noise in my closet… just as I looked into my closet to see what he was doing…. No cat in sight L and I looked at each other… “it’s an earthquake….”

D ran into our room and got under the bed… Mario started to go a little crazy. Usually by the time you figure out it is an earthquake it is over. NOT THIS TIME. You could actually see the house sliding back and forth. I knew it was a big one. The last big one we felt was about a 5.0 a couple of summers ago. When the shaking stopped N called out that the pool overflowed. The swaying was so great that the pool water has washed out of the pool… The chandelier in the dining room was still swinging back and forth. No other damage that we can tell but it was a bit scary. At first the news stated it was a 6.9 but now it is ranked as a 7.2.

When we lived in Buffalo you would usually have plenty of notice if a storm was going to hit. You could go to the store and stock up on bread and milk. Sometimes companies would let you out early to get home safely. Yes, occasionally there were a few storms like the Blizzard of ’77 or ’85 or ’99 that people got stuck at school or at work. You do not have that luxury with earthquakes. They are unsettling… not enough that I want to move back to the Snowbelt but unsettling nonetheless.

When L and I were standing outside later in the day this little guy stopped by… I got so excited that he was just sitting there… as usual when these guys stop by, I do not have my camera in hand. I ran in to get it, came back…. and got the shot. I was so excited!

The excitement did not end there. Earlier in the day we saw this elderly lady driving an Excalibur. N commented on all of the horns on the car.

L went out about 7:30 for his usual Starbucks run… he came back with this strange look on his face. “You know that Excalibur that we saw this morning?”… “Well it just ran into to me!” It was dark and the elderly woman did not make the turn onto our street. L was at a stop sign with people in front of him so he had nowhere to go.

Let’s just say there is a lot of damage. The whole driver’s side and rear wheel… It even cut right through the metal… it reminded me of the scene in Grease… during the race when the guy cuts up the side of Kenickie’s car. Ouch.

So that was our Sunday… too much excitement but no one was hurt and that is truly what is the most important.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter....


I saw this Bird of Paradise bending down for a "sip" of water the other day...

Enjoy and have a blessed Easter....

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