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Gosh, I’m sorry I left so many people wondering what has happened to me over this past year.  I’ve gotten almost well, and am painting like a fiend, and teaching art.  Because this is the life I want, blogging is no longer important to me.

Many, many thanks to all the friends and visitors who have commented and supported me throughout this struggle.  It’s been a worthwhile fight:-)

Since there will be many posts closer to or on May 12, I am posting now to reflect on how devastating this illness is, how hundreds of thousands of people suffer silently, and how much COURAGE it takes to live like this — year after year after year after ……

I have had CFS for over 20 yrs, and altho I can now function normally on most days, I was recently made aware of how vulnerable our population is.  The state of Illinois is bankrupt, and funding for the free, books on tape service will end by August.  It was not long ago that I wasn’t able to read at all, and depended on this service for my very existence.  Altho my body was very sick, my mind still needed and wanted stimulation.  I’ve done the usual phone calls, letters and emails to state government officials, but I”m not sure they matter much when money is tight, and a huge population of people who cannot read for various reasons, is invisible.

I am not an eloquent wordsmith, so I leave you with a visual designed by the always visually eloquent Rachel Creative

I have always been fascinated by the brain hemispheres and what they offer. I love this discussion by Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuro-anatomist who had a one-hemisphere stroke, yet was able to watch and remember what was happening to her.

When I studied biology (in the bronze age), it was thought that only the liver could re-grow. That has all changed as we now hear from the scientist that the brain is much more “plastic” than we ever thought and can “re-grow” and also develop new “channels”.

Altho it has long been thought that people who were right-brained/left-handed were more creative, there is new research showing that it is actually the somewhat ambi-dexterous who can be the most creative. Whew! — there’s hope for me after all:-) If you want to read the actual article (it’s really not too scientific), it’s

I’d love to hear what you think about this subject and where you think you fit on the spectrum!

Most of my readers/commenters are way ahead of me on matters computerish, but I just wanted to mention that I looked at all my spam that had collected, and in there were 3 legit comments from friends!!

I don’t blame WordPress; I’m the one who never looks at my spam folder:-)

So glad to report that my mojo is working again:-)  I don’t know how long it will stay, but I’m dee-lighted.  Trying lots of different things ……. playing and sketching.  So, most of it’s not proficient, but at least it’s happening!!

You’ll have to click on the “Yoga” pic to see that I’m working on fingers (and toes!).  The “Crazy Fried Eggs” is acrylic paint (which is really plastic) poured onto glass, then cured for 24 hrs, and lifted up and pasted down on the painting.  See, it isn’t just Jackson Pollack:-)  (whom I do not like).

I’m going to try to imbed a YT video here; let’s see if it works.  This is one of the most incredible things going on in the world right now (good incredible).

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I’m new to the blogging world (such a dinosaur!), but I need a place to share my thoughts on art, life, chronic fatigue syndrome, and the myriad of subjects that intrigue me.

Art IS my way of living – with or without CFS. It has always put me in a state of what artists call “flow”, but it is surely a state of unconsciousness of some kind. I try to remember to turn the phone off, I center myself, often light a candle and say a prayer, turn towards my paints and brushes, and the next thing I know, it’s 4 hrs later!

Here’s my process of yesterday: a textural collage.  I actually started this as a background for some painting (that would come to me later:-), but I like it very much and am going to let it “perk” for awhile on it’s own.

note:  bad photo, the colors at the bottom are a true representation of the whole piece.  I’m too tired to take another photo  (you’re gonna read “too tired” a lot).


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