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

ABOUT Graduation

Went to my grandson Jacobs high school graduation last night   Someone at Clackamas High School wrote in Jacob’s high school annual that Jacob is the most likely person to go to NASA. I am so ecstatic and thrilled. He is such a smart kid.  

ARTWORK Ribbons

Best of show and two first place ribbons at the multnomah county fair   Received a Best of Show  and First Place Ribbon for my Hispanic girl painting I called, ‘Grateful for the First Responders’ and a First Place Ribbon for my ocean scene I named, ‘From Sea to Shining Sea.’ Judging of the artwork … Continue reading

Memorial Day

Memorial Day memories two brazilian sisters and a brazilian mother   My sister Diana who is a photographer, came up from Ashland, Oregon, to Portland to meet me for lunch at a local restaurant. She looks up to me as being her little sister, and I look up to her as being my redheaded Brazilian … Continue reading

ABOUT At NAMI Walks

Met my friend Oregon Senator Lew Frederick and Advocate for Wellness television interviewer Ann Kasper at the Nami Walks Sunday in Portland   We met on my walk for mental health and to stomp out stigma, 5/19/19. Here is our photo.

ABOUT NAMI Walks

Yesterday I volunteered at the Nami Clackamas table and walked for mental health at the Nami Walks   The event took place Sunday May 19th at the Vera Katz Esplanade in Portland, Oregon. It was fun seeing good friends, old and new, and for such a great cause. I admire my Executive Director Michele Veenker’s … Continue reading

ABOUT Mother’s Day

Celebrating Mothers Day with my family   Received a wonderful Mother’s Day card from my stepdaughter Cathy and her husband and last night my other stepdaughter Becky and I went out to dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day at Portland Seafood Company. Happy Mother’s Day to all of my friends who are mothers and all of … Continue reading

ARTWORK Ant Farm Cafe

Displaying my paintings at the Ant Farm Cafe during May is for Mental Health Month   Please stop by for a visit at the Ant Farm Cafe, 39140 Proctor Blvd. Sandy, Oregon 97055 between 7 am and 3 pm. M-F, to enjoy my paintings hung on the walls of the cafe.

ABOUT My Psychiatrist

Celebrating Dr. Smiths birthday   On my last visit with Dr. Ward T. Smith, my psychiatrist of 26 years, I celebrated his birthday with him. I will miss him. He helped me to work with my schizoaffective disorder diligently and faithfully and he is one of the reasons why I am stable today.

ARTWORK Sunshine

Sprinkled some sunshine on my portrait’s hair   Painting with highlights on my Hispanic girl’s hair. ‘Thinking about Spring’ by Sherry M. Joiner