Settling

We’re getting settled. The last boxes have been opened weeks ago and their contents distributed to new logical locations…not that I can find what I want when I want, but that’s a part of settling in. Going through the arduous effort of imprinting new routines. The refrigerator-sink-stove-dishwasher routine we’re getting down pretty well . . . → Read More: Settling

Effort

I’m back…but it’s been an effort. It’s been nearly two months since I’ve sat down at my computer to create what had become a weekly discipline for four years. How quickly one gets out of a routine when other things in life take precedence. But seriously, I have a good excuse. Many of . . . → Read More: Effort

Joy

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 even . . . → Read More: Joy

Balance

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 the . . . → Read More: Balance

Basics

“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 can . . . → Read More: Basics

Home

Some say you can never go home again. But we did…twenty years or so ago when we revisited our homes in Spain where we had lived during the time we were stationed at the Rota Naval Base. As civilians, we weren’t allowed to live on base. Most of us settled into nearby communities . . . → Read More: Home

Art Day

Recently I hosted an art day….one of my most favorite things to do. Ordinarily I pack an art suitcase along with my regular bag, schlep everything to an airport, navigate a particular airport’s version of security, and fly to a distant destination. But last Saturday the art day was at my home. Twelve . . . → Read More: Art Day

Benchmark

As grandparents, we hit the mark this weekend. While our son and his wife flew east to West Point to spend the holiday weekend with our only granddaughter and her fiancĂ©, we hung out with his three youngest sons, Pete, 13, Scott 15, and Tim 16. And Scott had an agenda. He wanted . . . → Read More: Benchmark

Intentions

I had the best of intentions. I intended to write my weekly post about the lovely fans the ladies had made at the Lighthouse to symbolize aspects of their substance abuse recovery. But I confessed to a friend at lunch I didn’t want to. So with her encouragement, I’m not.

I’ve . . . → Read More: Intentions

Salt

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 program . . . → Read More: Salt