Have you ever captured someone’s story in mere words?

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Eagle Nest Butte South Dakota; Photographer–Me

We are a compilation of a million memories–journeys.  Each take us down a path, wander around a stream of thoughts, and often bring us to our knees. My hope is to capture that journey and turn it in to an expression of art using textiles of all kinds; Journey Cloth. This is the first one as translated into words.

Michelle’s Journey

When the dawn appeared  a prayer was realized. I ran through the fields without worry and became one with the creator. The story continues and encompasses the souls who struggle with human existence. The emotions overflow into the cup of humanity. It washes their minds and clears the fear. Creator I am humbled before you and have turned away from the human wants and desires. I am but a vessel for your work. Thank you. To realize that I am that I am and will always be–Your Servant.

Michelle is an artist, a sun dancer, a mother, and a friend. She lives modestly and spends most of her hours helping others through their emotional challenges. Michelle is a counselor, a coach, an herbalist, a healer. All of this and she still finds time to volunteer, sew quilts (one a month believe it or not), pours a community lodge 4 hours from home, and have me over for dinner every now and then.

What words define who you are? ja09_books_creative_writing

Our Economy is Forcing Me to Grow Vegetables.

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I went shopping the other day and was shocked at how the prices keep rising. A loaf of bread was nearly $4. Four bucks for processed flour that we shouldn’t be eating anyway. As I wandered down the aisles looking for somewhat healthy foods that wouldn’t raise my cholesterol or knock me out with a sugar crash, I determined that I need to start growing my own vegetables. Heck you ‘they’ say you can juice anything and at least I’d know it was really organic. But how do I start?  INTERNET!!!!!

At my age, the last thing I want to do is till up my Texas gumbo or build a fence to protect everything from the dog and 6 cats. Yes…I have 6 cats and 3 spend their days and nights wandering through the yard. Anyway,  I decided on container and vertical gardening, which led me to think about planting containers.  How much depth does a carrot need to grow? What about potatoes…yum…home grown potatoes. How fabulous.

If you lived in my head I bet you can guess what happened next.  Bugs. I’ll need a bat house to eat flying bugs, a net to keep the birds off, bees to pollinate. Can I start a beehive too?  hmmmmm.

Back to containers.

container-vegetable-garden1-400x266Check out what I found. A picture using storage tubs and 5 gallon buckets from your favorite home improvement center! I love the orange ones and I could paint the white ones to look like a rainbow.  How beautiful. How simple.  So off I go to gather my old tubs and buy some new buckets.  You know, I think some old metal pails would look cute for herbs too. Oh and carrots need 6-10″ of dirt.

I hope to share some more pictures about my garden, and I promise, if I try the bee thing I’ll share that as well.

What do you really want to know about breast cancer reconstruction?

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Image courtesy of Huffington Post

Breast Cancer is scary at best and my heart goes out to the millions of women who are faced with this diagnosis. But when it comes to finding answers about options, the patient is often reliant upon the doctors for guidance.  Sure there are some amazing sites that have a ton of information but when I started searching for reconstruction options and recovery, not so much.

I have been asked to help develop a website and blog that focuses on Breast Reconstruction. It’s all about educating men and women on the options, risks, rights, and more in regards to reconstruction.

So I’m asking those men or women out there if they would be willing to share what questions  you have or had about reconstruction after a lumpectomy or full mastectomy? If you are a survivor and have gone through reconstruction, what questions do you wish you had asked?