Butterflies and Caterpillars

monarch butterfly

A long time ago when I was at a very dark place in my life, I reached out to get help. During that period while I was lost, confused, and searching for answers a beautiful black woman dressed in an orange, red and yellow African dress helped me find some peace.  Background Information  In 1993, … Read more

Depression as a Teacher

chalkboard saying what's your story

Today I was sharing with my higher power how thankful I am. Not because my life is great and I have few worries, far from it. Yet, I remain very grateful for what is. There were more than a few times in the past that my life could’ve ended but it didn’t. It is nowhere … Read more

Paint by Number Kits

Do you remember paint by number kits? I hadn’t thought of them in a long time until talking with my 9-year-old granddaughter Kalia the other day. We were talking about art generally but during that conversation I remembered the kits. Maybe you’re familiar with them. History They were one of my favorite gifts to receive … Read more


Therapy I had never heard of affirmations before I was in recovery from substance abuse back in 1993. The counselor, Lisa, insisted that I make an affirmation list. It was one of the hardest things I ever did. Sitting there trying to think of the good in myself. To think of one good thing was … Read more

Grief and my Contact List

scrabble blocks spelling out miss you

New normal It was my new normal routine, getting up after a decent sleep, making a delicious cup of chai tea and slowly waking to greet the day. No rush to go anywhere, I didn’t have to see anyone, nor did I have to commute any more. I knew I had several tasks to accomplish, … Read more

My favorite color?

neon light of rainbow with love is love words behind it

When I was little blue was my favorite color. The sky was blue. The ocean was blue. Some birds were blue. Some people had blue eyes and they were so beautiful. Blue was calming to me. I also liked green, purple, and yellow though. Any time someone would ask “what is your favorite color?” I … Read more

Artist of Life

picture of tiny insect crawling underneath a leaf

Main Purpose My blogs’ main purpose is to share with you that creating art, in any form or medium, can be used as a tool to help us deal with our emotions, especially depression and grief. The covid pandemic has left so many people without an in-person option for therapy to deal with depression and … Read more

What is Art?

art supplies and tools

This may seem like a silly question to ask yourself. Give it some thought though. Our perception of what art is can hinder us as we go forward in creating our pieces or our perception can allow us to have freedom and broaden our creative processes. Your Idea of Art Each one of us has … Read more