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I Embrace You

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I so appreciate your comments.

I lived for years in Boston and then in New York City making my living as a professional artist. I have done quite a bit of writing - essays, articles, extensive correspondence and nature journals galore, but I never went out of my way to publish - I simply enjoy writing. I have some examples of my artwork in the photo section of my Spark Page. Please have a look. I would love to hear what you think. Much of my larger work does not translate well into the small format, so the examples I chose are a little misleading. My passion is social commentary - that is what I am interested in, but I work from life as well as imagination to tell my stories. Judging from the pieces in my Spark photos, one might see me as a portrait - botanical - landscape painter, but there's more to it than that.

Like you, my life has been punctuated with serious injuries. We have that in common. Mine involved brain and spinal cord compromises, and most recently a brain and hip injury when in 2001 I fell from a steep and rocky mountain trail. All of my injuries throughout my life seem to have involved thwacking my head against large rocks - go figure!

My father died of heart disease aggravated by smoking and alcoholism when he was 42. Weight, blood pressure and cholesterol are numbers I need to take very seriously.

You are a beautiful woman.

It is amazing how health issues get separated from vanity when one realizes that one's life is at stake. Of course one's life is always at stake. This is not a rehearsal - but a tumor or a dark spot on a scan can really make a body wake up and smell the coffee. Some wonderfully fortunate women seem to have been born with that knowledge without having to be thwacked on the head to understand it - can you imagine that?!!

I think that women make a terrible mistake when they diet with the main emotional goal, spoken or unspoken, of becoming more attractive. Such a mindset could be more accurately termed an emotional gaol, rather than a goal. (google gaol - it's worth it)

A woman whose life centers around being kind, adequately nourished, intellectually engaged, physically active, and at peace with herself and the universe will always be beautiful because those are things that make one fundamentally happy. If you do not take care of yourself, you cannot take care of anyone else, at least not for long. On the other hand, a perfect BMI won't keep emotional and/or physical pain from eroding one's beauty. True health is holistic.

I embrace you.

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    Ugly, selfishness and ego can come wrapped in many different packages.

    True beauty radiates from within.
    If we could only learn to love ourselves, as we are, today.

    A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook post showing in about 2 minutes the magic of transforming a 'normal' young woman (model) into a cover girl. The airbrushing, contouring, enhancing of every part of her body made her into something she was not. And that's what so many women and young girls in the world today are trying to emulate.

    1603 days ago
    I embrace you too-
    Through all of the difficulties you still seem to be on the top. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    1603 days ago
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    Every injury seems to be a rehearsal for visiting and possibly being the valley of death, or being permanently injured. some injuries are like having a bad room mate you just can't get rid of. I amaze myself, and feel blessed that even though I have endured much, I have still come out of it. the last time, it took 15 years away from my life. I took had a closed head injury. Some people never come out of it. they act like they are permanently stuck in a time worp. good blog, lots to think about. loved that part about what makes one beautiful is the internal stuff. That's the stuff we need to focus more on. eva emoticon
    1603 days ago
    YES! Fat is not the worst thing, and skinny does not equal health or happiness. May we all be blessed with as much health and happiness as possible for as long as we're here!
    1605 days ago
    Wow--you have been thru a lot and I appreciate your outlook! (I apologize As I believe you wrote me a while back about AS) and I 'meant' to get back and did not ............... sorry .............. Do you have this too? ............. I have to do LOTS of stretching and exercise daily to stay on top of things .......... I too am going swimming in minutes .............. emoticon
    1605 days ago
    I embrace you back , you have over come many afflictions , ouch hip replacement !! Wow , your father passed so young. You have an incredible healthy outlook on life . I have admired much your work on your page , need to go back and check for updates . I just finished shoveling , this is silly but really a necessity as I reside in a old section of the City , very narrow street , need to clear for ER access . Off to swim cause I am crazy - be back soon - Hugs K emoticon
    1605 days ago
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