- My father and I kept mutual journals and one of our original journals was pulled apart and offered to the community.
- I am so excited to be witnessing my Father’s dream project of community journals unfolding.
- The latest addition is by Matt Roy:
- He added a page from Virginia Woolf’s The Waves to create a 3-D visual on top of our journal page. Very gentle, beautiful, healing…
- Now begins to rise in me the familiar rhythm; words that have lain dormant now lift, now toss their crests, and fall and rise, and falls again. I am a poet, yes. Surely I am a great poet.
― Virginia Woolf, The Waves
ADD TO THE JOURNAL PAGES AND BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!
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YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES TWO ORIGINAL HAND-MADE DOUBLE-SIDED THERAPEUTIC JOURNAL PAGES CREATED BY MY FATHER AND I FOR YOU TO ALTER AND ADD TO.
YOU ALSO RECEIVE OUR BOOK, “DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART.”
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My father suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him paralyzed on one side at the age of 75. Then on November 8, 2008, Roar’s beloved wife (my mother Karin) lost her battle to pancreatic cancer. Despite all these major life changes, my father’s tenacity, stubbornness, strength, creativity and most importantly his humor- allowed him to forge a life that was both fulfilling and rewarding.
Though he resided in a long term care facility and required assistance in the most basic life necessities like toiletry and dressing, Dad always said, “I love my life.” He would wake each day excited about his next drawing. Creativity has truly saved his mental health and gave him sense of purpose and empowerment.
My father passed away October 25, 2012. I am blessed because he died knowing we realized our dream of creating a book about his post-stroke art; we pressed send to the publisher on October 15, 2012.
The book, DRAWN TOGETHER: MAINTAINING CONNECTIONS AND NAVIGATING LIFE’S CHALLENGES WITH ART, is now in my hands and ready to be shared with the world!
READ MORE AT: DRAWN TOGETHER
But I want to share it with you in a unique way by adding YOU to the journey.
Dad’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world. We made journals together for many years as we processed life’s challenges.
Dad’s dream was to include the community in these journals. So I am making available pages from our special journals we created around 2002-2005. They are your journal pages to keep, but my hope is that you add to these pages- IN ANY WAY YOU LIKE- and send them back to me to create a COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT that will be exhibited at a DRAWN TOGETHER art event.
BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY JOURNAL PROJECT!
CHECK OUT GRETCHEN MILLER‘s GLORIOUS PAGES:
And Jennifer Lyons‘ addition. She transformed the binding of the journal into a glorious caterpillar:
Very touching and poignant. ‘We have no time to stand and stare’ I wish I could make more time for my loved ones; aloof from all the sham and drudgery of everydayness