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Family wounds, therapeutic art & new SP background page

Monday, April 29, 2013

With dad's passing I was contacted by a cousin -who I had to cut off communication with over 9 years ago due to her verbal abuse & attacks on my family & I (she & her siblings had a troubled youth due in part to horrible mental/physical/sexual abuse in the Illinois foster care system.) She wanted to express her sympathy and regret for never meeting her uncle Pete.

I have continually prayed for her over the years, asking that God/Yahweh would heal her heart/mind/soul; that she may eventually have a more normal relationship w/her extended family -myself included. When she called I felt there was a change to her spirit, so decided to reopen lines of communications with her again. During our long talks (1-2 hours sometimes) we discussed how her brother Harold was doing. Harold had suffered from physical abuse and related head trauma that left him w/limited mental capacity. He was ultimately institutionalized as a child and now lives in a home w/other developmentally disabled men affiliated with the Little City Foundation (LCF) in Palatine IL .

I also learned that he is one of the featured artist for The Center for the Arts at LCF. The center provides children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their creative talents, to promote a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts.

After logging on to SP yesterday and noting dad's death, I felt it was time to change my SP page background. After thinking about it, I decided to use one of the graphics my cousin Harold has shared with the family called "We Are the World". It is a provocative and moving work of art.
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We Are the World - 18x34 Acrylic, marker on found paper.


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For info abt The Center for the Arts at Little City Foundation & my cousin visit:
http://www.littlecityarts.or
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ASPENHUGGER 4/30/2013 5:44PM

    It is such a blessing when old animosities open up and are healed. I'm glad this happened for your cousin & you.

Sorry to learn of your dad's passing -- that's such a hard thing!

And I love that artwork! I was wondering what it was even before I read the explanation.

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SPARKLINGME176 4/29/2013 4:25PM

    Great blog! Thanks!

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AJDOVER1 4/29/2013 4:18PM

    Thanks for sharing your cousin's work with us. I also love your profile picture -- very nice tribute.

It's so difficult to find a balance between protecting ourselves and being open for change. I found your words very moving. You are a wise and wonderful woman!

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MISS_VIV 4/29/2013 2:16PM

    Indeed, We Are The World. and did you notice that we are all SMILING? That perhaps all of the ugliness and hate will wash away and we can become ONE again?



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