My Article in NAMI Voice Newsletter

Bringing Peace and Happiness to the Psych Ward An article which ran in the NAMI Voice newsletter, Spring 2013 As a member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness and lecturer in a psych ward, I introduce a meditation exercise to my groups. I have everyone get comfortable and relaxed and count from toe to … Continue reading

A Favorite Memory

I was painting from a picture of a lady on a swing on a warm springs day. It was a blend of impressionism and realism and I was overcome by the feeling of peace and tranquility as I painted it. It reminded me of all the times I lectured at the psych ward and gave … Continue reading

The Sea Speaks

A poem and painting I wrote and painted. The sea speaks to me in the doubts and discord of the upcoming election   ‘The Sea speaks,’ “My waves are stretched like arms to surround you. I carry kindness and love contagiously in motion to the shore. Help me to speak to the expressions of truth, … Continue reading

ABOUT Justice

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away yesterday september eighteen twenty twenty   Justice Ginsburg fought a long hard battle with cancer. She endured and persevered in pain with a horrible disease. She was a strong brave icon who acted on difficult decisions, spoke and fought for gender rights, civil rights, disabilities rights, my and other … Continue reading

ABOUT Brother Aids

As the thunder  storm paints soft smudges on my heart, I reminisce about my brother Doug who died of Aids   In the middle of September, my brother, Doug died in 1990 of AIDS at 32 years old. He and his partner, Doug A. took on the most difficult thing to do, the decision to … Continue reading

ARTWORK Fires 2020

Lincoln City Oregon impacted by fires   So many memories to relive while I roomed with my good friend, Alice, in Lincoln City 1968. This is a painting I did, I call ‘Ocean on ‘Fire’ by Sherry M. Joiner.  I hope when the tide turns we won’t ever have to fight the horrific fires and … Continue reading

KEYNOTE Prevent Suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day Please remember this number 1-800-273-8255 and dial it when you or your loved one needs help. You have the strength to make the best to what you believe in and to reach out to help prevent suicide.  It is also the day our courageous heroes fought and perished on … Continue reading

ABOUT Climate Change

Sending hope prayers to all of my family and friends in Ashland Medford Eugene California Northwest Oregon and Washington   To those that I hold dear to my heart and are in danger. The fire and wind season is frightful. I hope that my loved ones have a safe plan to get out when they … Continue reading

ARTWORK Vote 2020

Completed my vote painting   Vote for Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as Vice President painting by Sherry M Joiner  


A fan at Senator Jeff Merkley’s rally some time ago I’m supporting politicians who care for my well-being and bring out the best in me   Vice President Biden is just as genuine and strong and powerful as he looks    

ABOUT Women’s Vote

I give my support for Susan B Anthony and love to all the women who struggled to exercise their right to vote august eighteen nineteen twenty a hundred years ago   The Nineteenth Amendment, Women’s Suffrage, Women’s Right to Vote provided the African American women, Asian, Native Indian, Latinas, white seniors and young, and immigrants … Continue reading