Father, daughter, Fenrir, Gleipnir and “Drawn Together”- the book: 6 years later.

Wow.  October 25, 2018 will mark the sixth year since my father passed away.  I am so aware of all the dates in October… so aware that he was winding down.

Interestingly, more October connections: on October 12, 2005 (13 years ago), my father drew for the first time after his life threatening stroke (September 21, 2005).

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My father, the Viking, my greatest cheerleader, infused in me the joy of creating, the joy of hard work and the importance of never giving up.

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And so we wrote a book together.  And on October 15, 2012, as he was navigating the fog of morphine, surrounded by reminder posters on the wall as to where he was and what year it was, we pressed send to the publisher.  We marked the occasion by signing the inside of our favourite book that inspired the project.

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On October 25, 2012, the morning of the day he passed, I played this Swedish lullaby, sung by his favourite actor, into his left ear.  Over and over again.  Sleep, my little heart.

 

Six years.  Why does it feel so significant?

In our Viking heritage/ Norse mythology, the number 6 represents the leash Gleipner.

Gleipnir was the name of the super strong leash used to hold the dreadful Fenrir Wolf. The Fenrir Wolf was one the monstrous children of the trickster god Loki. The dwarfs had made this extraordinary leash.

The Fenrir Wolf only agreed to try the leash if Tyr put his hand in his mouth. The wolf bit off the right hand of the god Tyr. Tyr gave his name to Tuesday. Gleipnir consisted of six items:

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2. The beard of a woman

3. The roots of a mountain

4. The sinews of a bear

5. The breath of a fish

6. The spit of a bird

The Vikings explained that the Gleipnir was the reason these six items no longer existed. The Fenrir Wolf will not break loose from Gleipnir before Ragnarok (the end of the world). source

I kind of see my father as Fenrir and the stroke as Gleipnir.  And my father has broken free now, and devoured Odin.  But there is so much significance to this myth that I will write about at a later date.

I am moved to share our book in full today:

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“Always, remember, you are the best.” No, you were, Pappa. #toliveuntilwesaygoodbye

My greatest cheerleader was my Dad.

4 years ago today, his heart stopped beating, but his spirit lives on.

His pep talks were the best.

“Always, remember, you are the best.”

No, you were, Pappa.  

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Our gift to you:

Free PDF version of DRAWN TOGETHER, THE BOOK by Roar and Kat Thorsen!

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The best corner in the world- Lions Gate Hospital Cafeteria, our favorite table, with snacks and coffee and Tobey beside us.

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“Never forget you are Daddy’s girl.” Drawn Together excerpt series Part 4

 Drawn Together excerpt series Part 4:

My father always ended his letters to me with:

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Truth.

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Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke.

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YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE:

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NEXT STEP:

Workbook/workshop series under development to accompany the book.

MISSION STATEMENT

To address self-esteem issues in neurodiverse individuals, service/care providers and families utilizing art and journaling exercises and to provide innovative, collaborative and reproducible connection-building tools through the book Drawn Together, accompanying workbooks, workshops, speaking engagements, art events and book launches.

Helena, the film. A script idea by my father. Drawn Together excerpt series Part 3

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke.

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My father drew inspiration from many sources.  His newspapers, his readings, his scrapbooks.  Films like Hemsöborna.

He not only drew, but wrote and wrote and wrote.

 Drawn Together excerpt series Part 3:

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Inspired by the story of Helena Langenhed.

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 Till sist inser man att skapandet är det högsta i livet. – Helena Langenhed

In the end, one realizes that creativity is the highest calling in life.

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YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE:

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NEXT STEP:

Workbook/workshop series under development to accompany the book.

MISSION STATEMENT

To address self-esteem issues in neurodiverse individuals, service/care providers and families utilizing art and journaling exercises and to provide innovative, collaborative and reproducible connection-building tools through the book Drawn Together, accompanying workbooks, workshops, speaking engagements, art events and book launches.

Change comes upon us, not slowly, but suddenly, abruptly. Drawn Together excerpt series Part 2

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke.

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 Drawn Together excerpt series Part 2:

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 Roar’s journal entry:

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YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE:

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NEXT STEP:

Workbook/workshop series under development to accompany the book.

MISSION STATEMENT

To address self-esteem issues in neurodiverse individuals, service/care providers and families utilizing art and journaling exercises and to provide innovative, collaborative and reproducible connection-building tools through the book Drawn Together, accompanying workbooks, workshops, speaking engagements, art events and book launches.

“… just two people, riding the waves of life.” Drawn Together excerpt series Part 1

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Roar’s art provided him with a much needed connection to the world after a devastating stroke.

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 Drawn Together excerpt series Part 1:

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She could not tear herself away from the old man.  She clung to him and wiped her eyes on her apron, her manner suddenly so childlike in its intimacy and candour. – Halldór Laxness, Independent People

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YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK HERE:

paypal_logo_150

NEXT STEP:

Workbook/workshop series under development to accompany the book.

MISSION STATEMENT

To address self-esteem issues in neurodiverse individuals, service/care providers and families utilizing art and journaling exercises and to provide innovative, collaborative and reproducible connection-building tools through the book Drawn Together, accompanying workbooks, workshops, speaking engagements, art events and book launches.

Father and daughter journals. #artheals

I am delighted to be collaborating with Julie and Greg Salisbury of Influence Publishing in bringing Drawn Together to fruition!

I went to the storage room and pulled out some of the journals Dad and I shared from 2002-2005.  They are quite magical and they carried us through those tough years as I was struggling through the end of my marriage.  There are twelve of them and they are busting at the seams.

Dad looked through some of them last Monday evening…

 

Drawn Together:

Roar Thorsen’s Recovery through Art