No Complaint

Five, ten, fifteen minutes. No grousing. No whining. No complaints. Whatsup? I’ve NEVER not had someone begin to complain about the glue not setting up, or pieces of a broken pot falling apart during the highly metaphoric “Broken Pot” art project I’ve been doing for over twenty-five years. The dining/art room was full . . . → Read More: No Complaint


Song sung blue. Everybody knows one. This last week I’ve been somewhat blue. Not too blue, just that kind of blue that happens when you’re not so crazy busy as before, when that longed for down time comes along and you feel at loose ends. It’s that gray blue feeling you share with . . . → Read More: Blue


Turbulence is a way of life living with addiction in its many forms. Thus sayeth the women at the Lighthouse, a fifteen-month, faith-based residential treatment program for those recovering from substance abuse. Turbulent enough that Nicole suffered a panic attack while drawing a twisted heart surrounded by black spidery figures, her image of . . . → Read More: Turbulence


The weather was unseasonable for mid-April. Pouring buckets of rain, thunder booming and lightening flashing across the Oxnard plains. More like a mid-winter storm, but a perfect atmospheric background for painting the seasons of life in shades of gray, the latest art activity for the women at the Lighthouse, a fifteen-month, faith-based, residential . . . → Read More: Unseasonable

A 1000 Words

Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I’d say that’s pretty accurate. Especially after last Fridays’ therapeutic art workshop at the Lighthouse where the loved ladies were creating images of their past, present and future anxiety. One of the most creative and poignantly eloquent responses was a jagged picture frame . . . → Read More: A 1000 Words

4 Examination

What are your most common emotions? The ladies at the Lighthouse, a fifteen-month, faith-based, residential treatment program for substance abuse recovery, had no problem pop-corning their common responses – anger, anxiety, frustration, disappointment, depression, loneliness, grief, feelings of numbness and being overwhelmed, and more. Drugs and alcohol had been their preferred means of . . . → Read More: 4 Examination