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Monday, November 22, 2010

Let Art Heal Your Heart

Let art heal your heart. There is no right or wrong in creating art. There are only test drives. Draw with the freedom of a child.

Thanks to my friend, Lynn, for finding the last video.

***Caption Contest winners are Lily and Tera***

Thursday, November 18, 2010

2010 Top PTSD Blog Winner

Peace Lily
10 x 14 pen and Prisma Ink

Many of you know I started my blog in April 2009 to help me deal with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder, I developed after a bad auto accident. My blog recently won the 2010 Top PTSD Blog award presented by Medical Assistant Schools. I had no idea I'd even been nominated. It's an honor to be listed in a group of other blogs that ranked in the top 25 worldwide. Isn't life funny? I never expected my blog to be read anyone but myself and a handful of family & friends. Many people have written me since I started blogging to tell me about their experiences with PTSD and how my blog inspires them. I am always humbled to know people have been helped by reading about my journey.

There have been many changes these past 2.5 years in my life, some exhilarating and amazing beyond what I expected life to give me. Others have been harder to deal with: stress of being in a car, fear, anxiety, medications, ongoing aches and pains healing brings.... and all the times I've wondered if I will ever be "normal" again. I'm beginning to realize "Normal is just a setting on your dryer." just as my old friend Patsy Clairmont said it is.

Along with counseling (thank you Dr. Ed), and body work by my Reiki angel, Lauren, and Sonya, my massage therapist, my main medications have been art, writing and music. As a lifetime artist/musician I never realized how important art can be for healing until this journey with PTSD began nearly 3 years ago. Whenever I'm painting, writing or singing I can forget for a moment that anything less than perfect has happened to me in my life.

Thank you Medical Assistant Schools, and Anne Holt, for supporting PTSD and those of us who are working through it. Thank you, readers for always showing me love and support. Thank you, Superman, for flying beside me no matter what. And my biggest thank you to Dylan, my BFF, and pilot of our airborne van, and "flying mates", Stacey and Colleen. Life goes on in miraculous ways...doesn't it?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Caption Contest

Out Takes from our wedding pix.
The ones you hope no one sees...
Let's have a Contest!!

Write caption for these 2 out take pics below.
Groovy prize shown below

It appears Superman is busy
texting right before our wedding!!

Far from it.
He's taking pictures of my hair on his phone.
Told you he is Super.
but you get the drift....

Then there's this one.
WTFrench toast was I thinking??
Bending over like that
hunting for Lawd knows what...
during our wedding photo shoot?

Go ahead!
You know you have a zinger
on the tip of your tongue
about my backside
or what "you" think Superman is thinking
while he's holding the bouquet.

Superman is not ruffled
for one minute holding the bouquet.

Click on the picture to see
more detail in his calm, loving face.

This is clearly a picture of a man understanding
THE moment and its beauty.


Sassiest caption for either of these wins!
Leave it in the comment section.
Submit as many as you'd like.
Link back here to this post
on your blog to help
spread the word.

Keep captions/comments respectful for all to read
No need for fowl (cluck) or inappropriate language.
Tongue in cheek captions? Why of course!
Please do!
We'll post all captions in an upcoming post
for you to vote for your favorite.

Spread the word
This official contest starts today, Friday November 12.
Ends next Friday November 19, 2010
Winner will win a set (4 cards total)
of Woodstock Lily's greeting cards
in her acrylic series, (blank inside)
"Poppy Love" from her
SunSeed Studio Card Collections

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sedona Rocks

Here's a few of my favorite shots.

I'll post some of the out takes next.

Fun, funny, funnier...

My favorite...

In the next few weeks I'll post pictures from our trip. All I can say is, "Wow!"

I'll also post info on where I got my amazing skirt and top, too.

Check out Rev Iala's blog post about our wedding.
News Flash: Superman Marries Lille Lane

I go to the knee surgeon on Thursday. Hopefully a little scope job will be all that's "kneeded" for me to get my mobility back. There's so many things to do to put a house back together after a 4 month remodel especially with a knee twice the size of the other one. Hopefully I'll be better than new very soon! The before and after pics of the house and my studio will be worth the wait... Promise!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Our Sedona Wedding

So this is the big reveal... On September 22, 2010, I married Superman in Sedona. Who is the man beneath the cape or beneath the the super sized S on his chest? Who is this man Woodstock Lily calls Superman? You are about to find out.

For those of you who know me personally, or have followed my blog regularly, you know I call my man, "Superman". He's the one who's helped me heal physically, and especially emotionally, after a bad auto accident 2.5 years ago. He's earned that name simply by being himself; a man of great integrity, a man with an ability to love others unconditionally, and a man who can bend steel with his smile. Even my family and friends acknowledge him as Superman.

Sedona, AZ is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and has been one of my favorite places to visit for over 35 years. Superman knew this, and researched to find us a wedding package there that suited us both spiritually and aesthetically. He most definitely achieved that by finding Sedona Destination Weddings. It's owned and operated by a dynamic couple, Rev. Iala Jaggs and her husband, Akal David Jaggs. We selected the two day package called Sedona Song Wedding Package. It allowed us to spend a entire morning the day before our wedding with Akal touring vortexes in the Sedona area. Not only was the tour scenic, it was educational and the spiritual experience we both wanted. That evening we slept well because we could visualize where our ceremony would take place the next day.

Rev. Iala worked with us prior to arriving by phone, and email, as often as we needed which helped us feel comfortable planning such an important event 1000's of miles away. We selected our vows from a nice selection she has available. She encouraged us to add to it or change it to make it ours. Since we were traveling prior to the wedding, Rev. Iala even arranged ordering our flowers... going above and beyond to get me lilies in my bouquet.

The evening before our wedding it started raining heavily. Arizona has been in a 13 year drought so the locals were celebrating. I was happy for them but was concerned how it would effect our outdoor celebration. When we woke up the next day it was still raining. I was trying hard not to focus on my sunburn I got the day before during our vortex tour with Akal. I'd forgot to put my sunscreen on. I was also trying hide a back brace under my lovely top. And now.... Rain? I had not been prepared for rain.

We stayed at l'auberge de sedona which is probably one of the most romantic hotels I've ever stayed at. On our walk to the main lobby that morning I wondered how romantic I'd look with wet hair, a bright red sunburn AND a back brace. I was beginning to pout a wee bit when a man at the front desk told me. "Don't worry. It will not rain on your wedding!" I had to smile. I knew everything would be fine. Quite truthfully, I was so grateful that I was simply able to walk, let alone climb the steep trails to the Airport Vortex because I spent the entire summer off and on crutches, and in and out of wheels chairs or motorized carts due to a bad back and knee injury. I would have even been able to laugh at getting drenched if it meant we could get married that day as planned.

We gathered at least four umbrellas from the hotel "just in case" then jumped quickly into Akal's car to avoid getting drenched. Amazingly, by the time we reached the first traffic light the sun began peeking through the thick, black clouds. Then the rain stopped abruptly! It stayed stopped for our entire wedding.

We stood on a mountain top overlooking Earth's Pandora with the wind blowing so hard at times we could barely stand in one spot. No one got wet. No one got blown away... except for us; spiritually, emotionally and physically. There's not one part of our wedding that was not magical. It was a breathtakingly, beautiful day from start to end. Plus, our wedding pictures are dramatic and stunning with all those black clouds and red rocks.

Thank you Akal and Rev. Iala. And a special thank you to Patricia, our photographer. She and Superman sat for about 20-25 minutes picking cactus out of my skirt. I kid you not... Approximately 100 cacti by each one to be exact. And it didn't rain one drop on us then either but it began pouring when Patricia dropped us back at our hotel.

Ta Ta Ta Da Ta Ta Ta Da....
*cough cough*
(the wedding march)
"Here comes the bride...."

Please join us "so to speak"
for our wedding...
by watching the video posted below.
There's music so adjust if needed.


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