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Somethings are chiseled in stone. Other things are set in cement. Which is intended to mean that somethings never change. But sometimes they do. Like we’ve been going out for Mexican food most every Tuesday night for over twenty-five years. And although we’ve found a Mexican restaurant we like here in Cary, . . . → Read More: Cement


There are lots of things in life that can hurt you. The ladies at the Lighthouse can attest to that. But as they’ve come to learn through our closing celebration cake – “Art Can’t Hurt You!” And even though a yummy cake awaited them, a whole room of women worked quietly on . . . → Read More: Hurt


It’s been an usual spring at the Lighthouse in terms of the weekly therapeutic art projects. Some weeks there was no discreet end product. We’d simply spent the morning painting and texturing old calendar pages, or creating complex papers with randomly pasted bits of colored paper on a tracing paper foundation, or . . . → Read More: Joy


Finding balance is the hard work of recovery. Right relationships with God and others, healthy choices, attitudes, feelings and behaviors. Easier said than done as the ladies of the Lighthouse, a twelve-month, faith-based, residential treatment program for women recovering from substance abuse know all too well. Invited to create a composition where . . . → Read More: Balance


“How do you mix yellow?” You don’t. But that’s been a common question over the last six years at the Lighthouse therapeutic art workshops. So periodically we introduce a day of color mixing. A day of learning the basics. Given just three colors – red, yellow and blue, the ladies learn they . . . → Read More: Basics


Sometimes things are simple. And other times they’re not. Sometimes they’re complex. Inexplicably so. Like taking numerous photos of the art work at the Lighthouse last week and having none of it appear in my smart phone when I downloaded the images to my computer. Fortunately I’d brought some of the complex . . . → Read More: Complex


Recent the ladies at the Lighthouse got a chance to use some of the painted and marbleized papers they’d had fun creating over the last few months – even in the midst of their bewilderment about what we were doing…and why. Ordinarily, our weekly therapeutic art activities are stand-alone projects with a . . . → Read More: Heart


Some art activities are just soothing. They feel good, they smell good, they look good. Without too much effort. And sometimes they invite a kind of serenity because of what they express. That’s what I hoped when we introduced last week’s art activity at the Lighthouse, a year-long, faith-based residential treatment program . . . → Read More: Serenity


The art workshops at the Lighthouse are a challenge for Theresa. Art doesn’t come naturally to her which often leads to frustration and a lack of confidence. She’s not necessarily alone so we purposefully offer a variety of art experiences for the ladies who are part of a year-long, faith-based residential treatment . . . → Read More: Salt

Grateful Hearts

Thanksgiving is a season of gathering gratitude, spreading it feast-fashion around a table to be shared with family and friends…as well as the groaning table of festive foods that takes days to prepare and minutes to consume. It’s one of my favorite meals to cook. And one of my favorites to eat. . . . → Read More: Grateful Hearts