Art & Design
As the surgery day is quickly approaching I am fully appreciating the support from friends and family - and the newly rediscovered doodle mania hitchhiking piggyback on the contemplative time spent preparing. This will only be a small procedure compared to many cancer patients who are forced to deploy much harsher methods and more rigorous following therapy because of the more aggressive cancers and later stages. In this as in many other things I've been fairly lucky so far - although this will be the hardest ounce of weight I'll have shed yet by a long shot.
Still, it's hard not to feel like the proverbial deer in the headlights - with all the diagnostics, appointments and information keeping on coming. It's just a hard pill to swallow, after all I was (in appearance) the healthiest person anywhere just a month ago. Which leads me into one important advice to give: Get your routine check-ups done, ladies and gents! True, mammograms, dermatologist check-ups and prostrate exams can only detect a fraction of the varieties of cancers or other afflictions - but why not do the routine ones that are easily available and now mostly free thanks to the health care improvements? One thing is for certain: I definitely wouldn't have known anything about the malignant cells for quite some time to come if it hadn't been for the routine check-up. By which time they might have might have hailed with an entirely different and more serious status update. If these tests are available to you - go do it! Rant end, see y'all after the surgery. CJ
Starting off the new year with new resolutions and more creative expression - one more resolution to add. The last week has been truly a life changer for me, with some big and not so great news. But all in all, after thinking about it, I am still very lucky and blessed with lots of love and support.
available to women like me, especially in a place that has this extensive scope of tools, diagnostics, personnel and logistics to deal with these medical issues.
With all the excitement we didn't have much of a big celebration going on for New Year's, and our anniversary yesterday fell a bit short of jubilant. But I'm confident that we'll make it through this alright - and after taking the last week to contemplate our new situation we can only let things unfold and make the best of it. At the very least I will take this journey to gather new inspirations for artwork and new perspective. More on this later. CJ
It's always curious to me how a year's end or beginning jostles folks to hasty reflections of their life. The sheer power of numbers on a calender seems like the panic button to rattle about time lost, goals not reached yet, bucket lists dragged out from last New Year without any new check marks added...
Why is it that we humans in general have such a hard time getting things done if there isn't a constant reminder, threat, or reward looming? Well, if you're anything like me then you suffer from the crippling affliction of always taking on more than I should - projects to help others, good causes, but rarely do I consciously heap on activities and projects that are actually just good and relaxing for me. The constant need to help and be of service to others is probably not inherently a bad thing (sure hope not) but it is not always a sustainable life philosophy to live by.
classy shows and garden expos. The tradition apprently originated in Afrika and was brought to America with black slaves. The colorful glass of the bottles is supposed to attract bad spirits or ghosts, they get trapped inside at night and are burned away in the bright morning light of the dawn.
As with all superstitions, they travel easily, translate effortlessly, are assimilated readily, and are hard to change or end once they take root. But considering the bright, colorful, arrangements I have seen, who would want to?! Mahalo, CJ
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.