+HOW CAN AN IDEA AS SIMPLE AS “DINE’N’DOODLE” INVOLVE SUCH COMPLEXITY? Solutions?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  Creativity as I experience it does not seem to operate in straight lines.  Inspiration that can come as a special kind of *POP!!!!* in the form of an idea doesn’t need to be substantiated to be “true” – in the same way professional storytellers agree that “All stories are true, and some of them actually happened.”

I am reminded that over 30 years ago I tried to take a university course on logic.  I barely lasted one lecture.  I dropped the class.  The same way that I tried taking bookkeeping in high school.  I also barely lasted one class period on this subject, and also, as with the logic course, immediately rushed to authorities to drop drop DROP the class.

Now I am working through ideas connected to community art and creativity (I call creative living) that I want to offer free of charge is this little town.  I THOUGHT I had resolved my problem, having talked with lots of people here of all cultures and income levels, to settle on holding the Saturday events specifically tailored to children, youth and their families at the public library.

The library is thrilled at the offering!  Unfortunately the free room they offer has a 16 person limit – which is not all that big.  I have been told by the children’s librarian that as long as nothing messy leaves the “art and craft room” people will be welcome to spill out into the children’s library section.

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This creates logistical challenges, for example, of being able to provide hard surfaces for people to work on when outside the main room.

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Well, I have been happy with this compromise and last week told the gracious people at the Food Co-op here of my new plan and dropped their so-kindly offered Community Room, available only on Sundays, as a possible location.

Fine.

Until suddenly last Sunday an entirely NEW idea popped into my thinking arena.  I will have all necessary supplies in my car (actually, a 1978 el Camino) from the Saturdays event – so why not ALSO offer something in the Food Co-Op’s Community Room on Sundays?

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SMACK!  Bird flying into a window at full speed SMACK!  I am right back to having to consider the cultural and income-disparities between those mostly-Anglo people who figure out how to afford to buy all the wonderful organic products the Co-op sells – and those in the REST of the community.

The Sunday idea when it popped in the 2nd time came already named as “Dine’n’Doodle.”  The Community Room is located in the Co-ops location a block north of the store at their Market Café.

So.  SO?

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Lighthearted shared creative play – really – fits so nicely with shared eating.  Shared dining.  IF everyone in the community is equally – what?

Which brings up the darn question, “What does “community” mean, anyway?”

Does community mean EVERYONE – until exclusions begin to chip away at who belongs and who does not belong?

Well, in my heart of heart thinking right there is a HUGE problem!

Who dines on what if such an event is held for the “whole community?”

Yes, it seems more than fair to me that people buy their meal from the Market Café to eat as a part of the Dine’n’Doodle event.

Yet 50% of the people who live in this town are AT the poverty level, I have been told – and this does not include those living BELOW the poverty level.  50% of the households are single parent homes – with no co-habitation.

On and on it goes from there!  Even nationally –

Interactive National Food Map

US Statistics on Poverty

  • 1 million people (13.5 percent) were in poverty, including 14.5 million (20 percent) children under the age of 18.
  • 2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including more than 13 million children.

POVERTY AND HUNGER IN AMERICA

Food Insecurity

  • 13.1 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2015.[i]
  • Twenty percent or more of the child population in 30 states and D.C. lived in food-insecure households in 2014, according to the most recent data available. Mississippi (27%) and New Mexico (27%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.[ii]
  • In 2014, the top five states with the highest rate of food-insecure children under 18 were Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona, Alabama, and Arkansas.[iii]
  • In 2014, the top five states with the lowest rate of food-insecure children under 18 were North Dakota, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Virginia.[iv]

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Yup, here we are in New Mexico.  And here’s New Mexico again on a map of unemployment stats nationwide – HERE

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I know I could easily dig up more grim stats – even localizing it by THIS county and THIS town – but my mind travels right now toward the national tragedy of growing disparity between the haves and have nots in our nation.  The United Nations tracked America at the very bottom of rich nations in the well-being of children –

+AMERICA, WHERE IS OUR SHAME/GUILT? ‘Child Well-being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview’, Innocenti Report Card 11– UNICEF Office of Research (2013).

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True – there are plenty of problems all over this planet!   But there are also SERIOUS problems right here!

UNICEF

Innocenti Report Card 13

Children in the Developed World

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And there are also plenty of problems right here in this little town.  I don’t want to be a part of problems if I can help it.  I want to be part of solutions.  I believe that what happens to any one of us as members of the human family, happens to us all.  There is a moral element to positive community change.  It is inescapable.

NOBODY in this town set out to create the problems that are here.  Certainly NOT the hardworking, kind, dedicated people who work for the Food Co-op and who so generously offer their Community Room at their Market Café!

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Right now, I just can’t think my way through this.  I DO NOT have the answers!  I don’t think any ONE of us does!  These are all shared concerns!  These are COMMUNITY CONCERNS that require COMMUNITY solutions!  (If I had the money, which I most definitely do not, I would buy a whole bunch of food from the Co-op every week and cook up lots of yummy, healthy food to share.  We COULD do this with potluck – but trying to accomplish this is “above my current pay grade.”  I want to make the art part work!)

The Co-op/Market Café people are thinking about this. I will talk with them again next week to see if they have suggestions – and/or a bottom line – which I imagine they certainly might – which makes perfect sense.

I have also asked volunteers at a small thrift store in town here that raises money for “food concerns” to think about these things, as well.  I will also see what they come up with next week.  I will welcome ANY ideas about this!

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Now, when this Dine’n’Doodle idea (concept) POPPED into my mind last Sunday – like a guest that did not even pause to pretend to knock – it appeared with “attachments.”  I will try to line them up here!

  • If there is a great response by community to the totally fun event that will be held beginning May  6th at the library, and if there is more interest than that space can comfortably manage, then
  • People could be INVITED to come either to both events, meaning they would be welcome to show up for the Dine’n’Doodle event at the Market Café Community Room on Sundays, or just choose to come on Sundays because it’s a fantastic room!
  • Perhaps a bridge could begin to be built between those without apparent means to eat the expensive foods from the co-op, but at least they might COME to that physical location in town – many for probably the very first time in their lives.
  • Dietary kinds of education COULD take place – gently, kindly (no shaming, no judgment of current diet and income differences, etc. – which in this case might well be split between retiring Anglo babyboomers moving to this town and the rest of the community which has a large percent of Hispanic culture people) – informing people of positive impacts of – ??????????? I can’t say that I know ANY of this!  I am NO kind of expert, but many who work for the co-op and Market Café ARE kinds of experts on these things!
  • The literal, physical blending of “layers” of this community would, by itself, be a wonderful thing! “Newcomers” might begin to think in new ways.  New customers in real time might come from this experience, and customers of the future might be connected to, as well.  Time DOES march on, and populations from young to old march right along with it.
  • Change takes time, but it CAN start somewhere. Somewhere small.  Feeling welcome matters.  How could that happen in this kind of complex situation?

But again here come the swirling layers of complexity connected to suggesting DINING along with community building and shared fun artistic and creative play!  I can’t imagine it “proper” for people to bring burgers or Cheetos through the Market Café to dine with their friends and family in the Community Room (which does not seem to have a separate entrance).  In fact, it would feel disrespectful of our hosts – the Cafe itself!

True, SOME might very well choose to order from the fantastic, healthy menu at the Café.  I know, however, that I personally cannot afford to do that.  How many others stand on my side of that line?

I fear – LOTS.

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So, I would guess that a creative idea that pops in – might, for one thing, be entirely ahead of its time.

I could throw the Dine’n’Doodle idea right back out the door through whence it appeared.  I could forget a Sunday event completely.  I could simply change the name of the event to something like DoodleRama and be done with the complexity – at least for now.  I could hold the Saturday event and let people there decide on a venue and then secure it if they want to.

I could simply (!?) LET GO of all these concerns, doing the best I can for the community with what is available to start with – and have faith that humans can grow things together – when they want to!

Meanwhile I have at least cleared my thoughts here, having created a storage facility for words attached to thoughts – tossed out into the digital, invisible world.

While I await other people’s input, suggestions, decisions.

It’s all good!  Hopefully we are aiming in that direction, anyway!

NOTE:  Some of the issues involved in my current dilemma are about access to QUALITY organic foods, as well as concerns about nutrition and how poverty here is limiting food choices.  Cultural diet histories also hold powerful influence over food choices.  Access, however, DOES definitely involve what people KNOW and how the THINK about food.

If the Sunday event COULD find a way to be most-comfortably inclusive, over time a LOT of good could grow out of this kind of opportunity.

And of course the CDC ACE study findings are seriously tangled up in all of these patterns, as this Laura Porter video on the subject so thoroughly describes.

Community, safe and secure attachment, and food are linked from birth in a social species.  Quality of these earliest mother-infant interactions directly signal to the developing infant what the conditions of the environment it lives in – and will hence live in for the rest of its life in a body – are like.  Trauma = scarcity of resources.  Trauma altered development = changes to developing physiology on every level so that survival to reproductive age is assured as much as possible.

From the breast forward – community and food are intimately connected.  We might think we can choose not to pay attention to what’s basic to health and happiness without paying a price.

We can’t.

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Experts believe fixing food deserts is not enough – Medium

https://medium.com/…/experts-believe-fixing-food-deserts-is-not-enough-d8ea910e5…

Sep 28, 2016 – Chicago based ecologist Nance Klehm believes that eliminating food deserts alone will not close the nutrition gap. “I don’t like the term food …

Food deserts limit New Mexicans’ access to food while community …

http://www.projectfeedthehood.org/food-deserts-limit-new-mexicans-access-to-food-while-…

  1. Feb 3, 2012 -As you can clearly see from this snapshot, New Mexico is covered in food deserts, especially in the middle and western parts of the state.

Helping Food-Insecure Households in New Mexico Afford Healthier …

http://www.nmvoices.org/archives/5499

  1. New Mexicois a poor state with high rates of food insecurity and with too many …. too many areas inNew Mexico are considered food deserts without ready …

Fixing A Food Desert Isn’t As Easy As Putting A Grocery Store On …

www.huffingtonpost.com/…/mobile-grocery-store-food-desert-new-mexico_us_5642

Nov 11, 2015 – A mobile grocery store in New Mexico is no more. What’s sprung up in its place could be even better.

USDA online tool marks much of NM as a food desert

https://conalma.org/usda-online-tool-marks-much-of-nm-as-a-food-desert/

  1. May 4, 2011 -A food desert is made up of low-income communities without ready access to healthy and affordable food. Much of our state is considered a …

From farm to ‘food deserts’: Mobile Market provides local produce …

https://www.abqjournal.com/623318/farm-to-food-deserts.html

  1. Aug 5, 2015 -ALBUQUERQUE, M. — Within the high desert that is Albuquerque there are a number of “food deserts,” where people do not have easy …

Our view: Alleviate food deserts by planting crops – The Santa Fe New …

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/…food-deserts…/article_f473d9fa-676e-5b67-ae66-0aedf…

Jun 4, 2015 – They are prevalent in New Mexico. In food deserts, residents have limited access to a sole, full-service grocery store, leading to a higher …

Youth gardens can help address New Mexico’s food desert problems …

newscenter.nmsu.edu/…/youth-gardens-can-help-address-new-mexicos-food-desert-pr…

  1. Oct 20, 2013 -Hidalgo County M. youth garden helps to address the county’s food desert problem.

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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+WHAT MATTERS MOST WHEN “TREATING” SEVERE EARLY TRAUMA SURVIVORS?

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Monday, March 27, 2017.  I perhaps should not be surprised that the therapist I am seeing (today being appointment #2) has never heard of the CDC ACE study, trauma altered development, or trauma informed care.  Too bad I can’t just provide him with some of these blog links.

This is NOT new information!  It is beyond me how therapists and counselors have not become at least CURIOUS about patterns they see in their clients enough – in today’s world – to at least GO ONLINE and SEARCH for answers that have now been available for decades.

AND – there are even BOOKS they could learn from!!!  AND journal articles!  I mean, REALLY!?!?!?!

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+Dr. Teicher’s ARTICLE ON TRAUMA ALTERED DEVELOPMENT

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+CALM THE CRYING BABY — IMMUNE SYSTEM STIMULATES VAGUS NERVE TRAUMA ALTERED DEVELOPMENT – December 22, 2009

+IMPORTANT POST ON ALTERED LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT – December 12, 2010

+DECEMBER 2010 IMPORTANT POSTS on Trauma Altered Development – December 25, 2010

+Dr. Teicher’s ARTICLE ON TRAUMA ALTERED DEVELOPMENT – December 27, 2010

+TRAUMA ALTERED DEVELOPMENT AND THE POWER OF THE SOUL TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG – February 22, 2011

+A LIFE COMPLICATED BY TRAUMA-ALTERED DEVELOPMENT (CHILD ABUSE RELATED) – February 25, 2011

+FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE ABUSE SURVIVOR’S ALTERED PERITRAUMATIC SENSE OF TIME – March 11, 2011

+AS DR. MARTIN TEICHER STATES — EARLY ABUSE, ALTERED BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND THE SCARS THAT WON’T HEAL – April 5, 2011

+THE GOOD-BAD INFO ABOUT TRAUMA ALTERED DEVELOPMENT FROM CHILD ABUSE TRAUMA – September 3. 2011

+THE ACE SCORE REVOLUTION (Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Altered Development)  – August 9, 2015

And this is just a few of the hundreds of related posts on this one blog alone!

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Well, it’s hard for me to remain positive about this therapy deal – but at least this gentleman searched out the Paper Tiger movie informationA friend of mine kindly sent me a copy of the DVD which I loaned to this therapist today.  I had recommended that he find and watch at least one of Laura Porter’s videos on ACEs – perhaps this will happen soon?

So – we MUST educate those who are paid to assist us!  If we attempt this, and persist, and our “target student” is resistant – well, find somebody else!  This guy today at least understood the very simple reality that those of us raised within terribly traumatic early environments ARE NOT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE!

He said to me, “You mean like you and I will need to create a bridge so that we can communicate.”

Yep.  That’s it exactly.  BUT – I know that a major future effort needs to be made to inform the counselor and therapist state licensing boards.  Nobody should be allowed to practice without having the basic information about what I am presenting here right now.  I realize this public educational process will take decades, and reaching these licensure boards is not at all likely to happen in my lifetime.

But this information MUST get out there!  That’s what we do.

It is so important, also, to realize that NOBODY could have gone through what we went through without being altered in their physiological development in consequence.

MORE important earlier posts on this blog:

+SOME ARTICLES FROM DR. MARTIN H. TEICHER – AN EXPERT ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE – March 14, 2014

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+SIBLING ABUSE: WHAT IS IT? AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE…. – July 17, 2013 — Sibling abuse has been identified as the most common form of family violence in the United States, occurring more frequently than parent-child abuse or spousal abuse… “

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+THE ‘TERROR-ABLE’ CONSEQUENCES OF INFANT-CHILDHOOD VERBAL ABUSE – January 22, 2010

+A LONG, THOUGHTFUL LOOK AT VERBAL ABUSE AS MALIGNANT TEASING – January 29, 2010

+SOME PRIMARY LINKS ON INFANT VERBAL ABUSE – September 24, 2010

+LINKS – PREVERBAL COMMUNICATION and DEVELOPMENT (RISK FACTORS, INFANT ABUSE) – December 10, 2010

+INFANT-CHILD VERBAL ABUSE – WOUNDS TO THE MUSIC/LANGUAGE BRAIN – October 1, 2011

+CANCER-CELL THOUGHTS IN COMMON WITH ALL VERBAL ABUSE – January 28, 2012

+HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL POST FOR VERBAL ABUSE – CANCER-CELL-WORD-THOUGHTS – DUMP ‘EM HERE! – January 28, 2012

+THE FALLACY OF “STICKS’N’STONES” – VERBAL BULLYING HURTS – February 20, 2013

+BABBLE BABY HEAVEN – March 13, 2014 — Human infants are not excited or upset when babbling, but instead they will babble spontaneously and incessantly only when emotionally calm.”

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Well, while I am at this – here are some great resources —  just a drop in the ocean of what’s available!! – NO excuse in my thinking for professionals to be ignorant of this kind of information!

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Some Suggested Reading and Resource Titles

– Allen, J. G. (2001).  Traumatic relationships and serious mental disorders.  West Sussex, England:  John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

– Child Welfare Information Gateway (2009).  Understanding the effects of maltreatment on brain development.  Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved July 1, 2013, from www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue_briefs/brain_development/

– Citisite (2009, November 9).  NeuroScience.  Early childhood:  A. Schore. D. Siegel.  Brain Development.  Retrieved July 1, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOp4s1PXQGs

– Citisite (2011, July 11).  Allan Schore.  JOY & FUN.  Gene, neurobiology.  Child brain development.  Retrieved July 1, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0iocZu1mVg

– Fields, R. D. (2010, October 30).  Sticks and stones — hurtful words damage the brain:  Verbal abuse in childhood inflicts lasting physical effects on brain structure.  The New Brain.  Retrieved July 1, 2013 from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-new-brain/201010/sticks-and-stones-hurtful-words-damage-the-brain

– Kestenbaum, R., Farber, E. A., Sroufe, L. A. (1989).  Individual differences in empathy among preschoolers: Relation to attachment history.  New Directions for Child Development, 44, 51-64.

– Lopatto, E.  (2012, February 13).  Childhood abuse interferes with brain formation, Harvard study shows.  Bloomberg News.  Retrieved July 1, 2013, from http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/13/health/childhood-abuse-interferes-with-brain-formation-harvard-study-shows/

– Mason, P, and Kreger, R. (2010).  Stop walking on eggshells:  Taking your life back when someone you care about has borderline personality disorder (2nd ed.).  Oakland, CA:  New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

– Neufeld, G., & Mate G. (2006).  Hold on to your kids:  Why parents need to matter more than peers.  New York, NY:  Ballantine Books.

– Perry, B., and Szalavitz, M. (2006).  The boy who was raised as a dog:  And other stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook — What traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing.  New York, NY:  Basic Books.

– Schore, A. N. (1994).  Affect regulation and the origin of the self: The neurobiology of emotional development.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

– Schore, A. N. (1997). Early organization of the nonlinear right brain and development of a predisposition to psychiatric disorders.  Development and Psychopathology, 9, 595–631.

– Schore, A. N. (2000). Attachment and the regulation of the right brain.  Attachment and Human Development, 2, 23–47.

– Schore, A. N. (2001).  Effects of a secure attachment relationship on right brain development, affect regulation, and infant mental health.  Infant Mental Health Journal, 22 (1-2), 7-66.  Retrieved July 1, 2013, from http://www.allanschore.com/pdf/SchoreIMHJAttachment.pdf

– Schore, A. N. (2003).  Affect dysregulation and disorders of the self.  New York, NY:  W. W. Norton & Company.

– Schore, A. N. (2003).  Affect regulation and the repair of the self.  New York, NY:  W. W. Norton & Company.

– Siegel, D. J., and Hartzell, Mary (2004).  Parenting from the inside out.  New York, NY:  Tarcher/Penguin.

– Siegel, D.J., (2012).  The developing mind: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are (2nd ed.).  New York, NY:  The Guilford Press.

– Siegel, D. J., and Bryson, T. P. (2012).  The whole-brain child:  12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind.  New York, NY:  Random House.

– Teicher, M. H. (2000).  Wounds that time won’t heal:  The neurobiology of child abuse.  Cerebrum:  The Dana Forum on Brain Science, 2 (4).  Retrieved July 1, 2013 from:  http://192.211.16.13/curricular/hhd2006/news/wounds.pdf

– Teicher, M. H., Andersen, S. L., Polcari, A., Anderson, C. M., Navalta, C. P., Kim, D. M. (2003).   The neurobiological consequences of early stress and childhood maltreatment.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 27, 33-44.

– Teicher, M. H., Samson, J. A., Polcari, A., McGreenery, C. E. (2006).  Sticks, stones, and hurtful words: Relative effects of various forms of childhood maltreatment.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 163 (6), 993-1000.  Retrieved July 1, 2013 from http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=96671

– Tvoparents (2012, April 5).  Gordon Neufeld on what makes a bully.  Retrieved July 1, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7mznfMI1T4

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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+WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WOUND AND AN INJURY?

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Monday, March 27, 2017.  I was just wondering what the core difference between “injury” and “wounded” might be.

INJURY – word origins –

Middle English injurie, from Anglo-French, Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- + jur-, jus right — more at just

First Known Use: 14th century

JUST – word origins –

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French juste, from Latin justus, from jus right, law; akin to Sanskrit yos welfare

First Known Use: 14th century

WOUND – word origins —

Middle English, from Old English wund; akin to Old High German wunta wound
First Known Use: before 12th century

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As I have written on this blog before, a major shift occurred for me at the instant I recognized the extent of the abuse I suffered during my first 18 years of life in terms of CRIMES.

I just typed “criminal” into the search window at the top of the blog thinking perhaps the post I wrote that day would show up.  Perhaps it did.  However, for all the posts that DO appear with that search, I do not specifically see the post I am thinking about right now.

I do know that on that day it hit me that if Mother did or attempted to do even ONE time to one of my neighbor children where I was living what she did thousands upon thousands times to me, police would have been called and off Mother would have been whisked!

Following this epiphany I just figured it out, ONLY for an approximate number of physical attacks – not counting any other aspect of the many other abuses she was allowed to do to me – her minimum jail sentence would have been 15,000 years.

But, of course, there was no such involvement on any level of “justice” in my case.

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For decades in “recovery talk” people spoke of “wounds” as perhaps being more serious than “injuries” might be.  Semantics?  What I am thinking about this morning has more to do with how to get myself UNSTUCK from something painful that of course connects into pain from my severe trauma history.  Once I realized that my inner focus in trying to get off of dead center regarding my concerns is connected to a sense of an “injustice” having been done – then, to me right now, whether or not I experience a wound, or wounding, is not a concern at the top of my “figure this out ASAP” pile.

I want to understand something I am not figuring out on my own right now, so I will certainly be taking this to my 2nd therapist appointment today.  Being stuck is not remotely constructive!

I realize that for decades of my adult life I had friendships within which I could talk with others about anything and everything in my life – and in theirs.  Those friendships do not exist in the same ways any more, even if those same people are still within my sphere of contact.

I miss those kinds of friendships terribly!

Otis Redding – Stand By Me

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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Tags: adult attachment disordersadult reactive attachment disorderanxiety disorders,borderline motherborderline personality disorderbrain developmentchild abuse,depression,derealizationdisorganized disoriented insecure attachment disorder,dissociation,dissociative identity disorderempathyinfant abusePosttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),protective factorsPTSDresiliencyresiliency factorsrisk factorsshame

+RESILIENCY PEOPLE MATTER WHEN WE NEED THEM MOST

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Monday, March 20, 2017.  Happy Spring!  A long time in coming, it seems.

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Taking advantage of the best of the dips and twists, turns and tangles, and even of the downright obstacles throughout our lives requires human resources.  Accessing these resources depends on availability, access and an indomitable aversion to failure that enables us to hunt for – and then marshal our courage to USE — whatever/whomever we bet will help us move forward in our lives to the best of our abilities.

WHEW!  That spiel turned into a LOT of words!

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I have found an excellent therapist and a source to pay for it in this lovely small town I chose to relocate to.  As far as I can tell I have just been through one of the toughest three year segments of my adult life.  This is saying a lot because I have made it through MANY events that seemed to carry enough weight to crush me.

In the wording of trauma experts, it seems that the “cumulative burden” of stress/distress – this time – very nearly broke me.  Never before have I felt so knocked down that I wasn’t sure I could get up.

Sometimes it’s not enough to just escape hard times with our life.  We must be able to forge, create, and have hopes of sustaining OUR life as we require certain aspects to grow toward being happy that we are still alive.  We must find ways to live OUR life so that we feel rewarded to be alive.

I think high ACE survivors of really hard early years struggle our whole lives – often with some periods of time along the way when we feel OK in between – to reach and sustain a quality of life that MIGHT resemble what our lives could have been had someone rescued us from our early hell and taken loving care of us.  There isn’t ONE of us who didn’t need to be truly rescued!

So for me right now this therapist I have found, the first one in decades, is a winning lottery ticket for me.  I left my first session today feeling safer in the world.  I no longer feel anywhere near as alone in my struggles to make sense of hardships that I need help in coping with.  I now have help in making sense out of some aspects of being alive (at 65) that seem to make absolutely no sense to me whatsoever!

Why do I feel in nearly all ways so different now than I remember being for decades of my adult life?  I want more internal choices back.  I do not like being this REACTIVE!  I HATE this anxiety!  What is going ON with me?

This therapist has never heard of the ACE study.  He was immediately interested and I believe he will follow through on his promise to at least watch my favorite “ACEs info dispenser” Laura Porter video before our next session.

This will be good.  I can feel it.  I am hopeful, relieved and grateful!

Now – I will go dye a bunch of the yarn I spun as I prepare for my next tapestry weaving.  YAY!

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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+CIRCLES OF SEARCHING – and the need for humor and more patience!

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Friday, March 17, 2017.  I HAVE to chuckle.  Define “have to?”  What will be will be.  Don’t fight the river.  Or – simply – WHATEVER happens HAPPENS!

I just had a lovely conversation with a woman at the city’s park office about use of the pavilions at Penny Park (see previous post, and the one before it!) for this fun family free art project.  Green light GO?

Nope!  Red light!

It would take quite of bit of money to reserve that pavilion space – or try using it without reserving it only to be tossed out with art supplies onto the wood chips by those who DO put down the $100 deposit and buy insurance for a day’s use.

Even the employee of the city park office had NO IDEA where the Market Cafe where the free venue offer exist connected to the food co-op even IS!!!!

Makes me think of “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”  If someone needs a horse, and someone GIVES that person a horse, who cares what those teeth inside the mouth of that gift horse might actually have to say about the health and age of said horse!

Get on that pony and RIDE!  Or at least grab it by the mane and gratefully walk beside it, even at a very slow time-stopping pace, on down the road!!

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So.  Those circles of our lives never do actually STOP.  All the circles and cycles are completely connected.  We are living an organic life in an organic world where variability and variety are the forces of nature!

I have asked and asked around town and there really does not seem to be a perfect place.  This small nice park across the street from me to the east has two tables with coverings and would NOT need deposit, reservations or purchase of insurance.  But there is no water source and no access to restrooms.  (Penny Park has both.)

The Market Cafe will let me open the back door so we could get water out of their hose.  There are public restrooms a block away.

The park pavilions would not protect against wind as it might LOVE to frolic and remove from said artists ANY shred of paper and cardboard not weighted down for dear life.  A big potential hazard to fun creative activities.

SO…..  I am back to my playful ponderings about the future of this project!  Proof is in the pudding.  Eventually!

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Oh.  I forgot to mention that within my conversations with town people this week was information that the county this town is a part of has the highest unemployment rate in the nation; that 50% of families are single parent households (no one cohabitating, either = just alone parents); that no parents will be able to come to any fun event with their children ’cause they are all working 2-3 jobs (this person, a 44-year-old native of this town, single mother of 3, LAUGHED at my idea as she told me THIS fact); and that 50% of the families in this town are at the poverty line.

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One Global Family Little School of Creative Living – Una Familia Global Pequeña Escuela de Vida Creativa

A community drop-in creative space for fun activity where everyone is a teacher!

Dedicated to —

Encouraging, supporting & showcasing the talents of children, youth, their families & friends – in arts & crafts, photography & video, music & dance, writing & poetry, storytelling, drama & public speaking, sewing & fiber arts, cooking & gardening — along with leadership & service to others & the world — plus MORE!

FREE – ALL ages welcome!
– (young children must be with responsible caregiver)
– basic art supplies provided 
– Volunteer assistants and donations of and for creative supplies warmly appreciated!

To be held Sundays beginning May 7, 2017 from 11:30 to 2:30 pm in the Community Room at the Market Cafe

(blue building, 614 N. Bullard St., corner of Bullard and 7th near where the Tamal Fiesta Y Más is held in the fall)

Funded through caring about and sharing with one another, including the very kind donation without cost of the Market Cafe Community Room for this project!  Thank you!

FaceBook page:  One Global Family Little School of Creative Living

Creative process facilitated by Linda Danielson, MA, Art Education, UNM Albuquerque (1991), Nationally Registered Art Therapist

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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+EVOLVING CREATIVITY

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Thursday, March 16, 2017.  WOW what a blessed day!  I have spent quite a bit of time since writing my last post out on the streets of this little amazing town talking to people.  Because I am too lazy to write this post in a Word document so I can ‘fancy up’ links, I will simply put this link here to what I think will be the PERFECT venue for my One Global Family Creative Arts Team project (as I described it in my last post).

http://silvercitytourism.org/destinations/penny-park/

I was told by a mother who says her 8-year-old daughter is incredibly talented in art and photography about this park possibility today.  I just came home at sunset now from a two hour venture over there and this park is INCREDIBLE!  I have never seen a nicer child and family friendly park in my life!  AND it has two LARGE pavilions that can be used for the Team project!  Tomorrow I will speak with someone from the city about using this amazing place for this amazing project!

How such a really poor town could create such a park is a miracle!  The entire community worked together to build it.  It is called Penny Park because EVERY child and person who was a part of its creation brought a penny to contribute!

How perfect is THAT?  And the One Global Family is already there in the beautiful tile and mosaic artwork that is integral to the design of the park.

On my way walking home just now I met a wonderful elder man whose business card reads in part “TOOLS AND TALENTS TO SHARE — Paying it Forward.”  On the back of his card are the words, “To live Joyfully, even in the midst of Difficult times.”  He teaches parents and children how to make sailboats from pieces of 2′ by 4’s, dowels and paint – and says he would love to be a part of this creative venture because he wants to help children learn to CREATE with their own heart and hands in a day when digital toys are NOT giving young people this gift!  This expert sailor has also been asked by the University here to teach a course on sailing small crafts through Lifelong Learning courses.  Evidently there is a prediction that this skill will be in increasing demand in the near future for wilderness lovers who enjoy the many lakes in the protected wilderness areas north of town.

I also met another man and his soon-to-be 8 son at the park who just moved to town three days ago!  He is a woodworker.  His wife is an herbalist, dietitian and yoga teacher.  We had a most wonderful positive conversation about positive change!  This family is buying land outside of town, planning to “go off the grid.”  They want to pay me (!!!) to teach them basics of gardening in the desert.  I told him I call my honed technique “Down and Dirty Desert Gardening.”I have a lot of practice!  see

LINDA’S ADOBE PEACE GARDEN

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I also wrote a little classified ad and began running it in the daily local paper on Fridays in the ‘notices’ section (at a cost of around $20 for 3 weeks’ worth!).  It simply reads:

ACE challenge! Learn important public health facts about risk and resilience related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)! PLEASE google — “youtube Laura Porter ACES” — and watch 1st video on the list. Share with others! Together we can change trauma patterns for our younger generations! Facebook: Self Healing Community, Silver City.

Here is the Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/self.healing.community.silver.city/?ref=bookmarks

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Long time readers of this blog know that I have carried an ‘attitude’ about the use of the concept of “resiliency.”  Although I have not yet resolved my own conundrum about this term, I have moved forward at least as far as to occasionally THINK about writing a post about my thinking up to this point in time.

Protective factors and resiliency – two separate yet intimately connected processes?

Basically I am ‘sensing’, personally, that I would divide things up along these lines:

(1) Protective factors might be things in our lives that have and do work to give us increased powers toward healing from trauma.  These factors ‘soften’ trauma impacts.  I think protective factors might be somewhat tangible.  We can POINT to them in some way.

(2) Resiliency, in my current contemplations about it, is RELATIONSHIP based.  It is an interactional process with living substances – which definitely includes with PEOPLE!  I would put interactions with nature and animals in my resiliency pot!

So, for example, as horrific as my first 18 years of abuse were, I can name protective factors – as I categorize them – that enabled me and gave me the strength to, endure and survive what was impossible to survive!  Among these:  I was born white and female (unfortunately in our not-very-healthy culture this is true); my parents were smart, educated; my father was professionally employed; neither parent was in prison (although my mom qualified, that’s for sure!); I went to school during an era when bullying had its lid on; I was not an only child; I went to good schools…… etc.

I did not have ‘resiliency relationships’ with adults to sustain me and only fare bones contact even with my own siblings (as explained in my book noted below).  HOWEVER, once my parents moved from Los Angeles to Alaska when I was five, and then staked claim to a mountain homestead there when I was seven, I had the incredible power of the wilderness to have relationship with — and I DID!

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Now, fast forwarding past these few notes on the topic, I will say that I have some instinctual “patterns” within me about resiliency, especially as it connects to powers to overcome trauma (see Facebook page noted above for link references).  What I am going to do is work to create a community resiliency program — in some ways as an experiment in PROCESS — to see how this all interplays together.

It will take time for the “ACEs Awareness” to gain ground in this little town, but I am NOT going to wait any longer with hopes “something will get going” in terms of HOW to introduce ACE healing here.  As the man I met in the park mentioned, there are forces one might call “divine appointments” that bring us together in ways that we cannot anticipate.

These are life’s wonders.  They are miracles.

Miracles.  Sure!

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Oh, an one of my neighbors stopped over for a little chat today.  He said he recently read in one of the newspapers here and article about the fact, evidently (hard to believe!), that the county this small town resides in currently has the highest unemployment rate of any county in the nation.

Hummm….  Using my formula above I guess I would say there are some problems with ‘protective factors’ here.  I was, in fact, told by someone in town yesterday, a native of this town, that NO parent will come to a child-parent activity because ALL of them are working 2-3 jobs.  This woman told me that 50% of the population here is at the poverty line.

I might take the time soon to study ALL statistics on this town that I can locate.  Or — that can wait.  I might also be able to find the article my neighbor mentioned by scouring the piles of papers at one of the local coffee shops.  Or — that can wait, too.

Details.  I bet those are connected to protective factors.

Talking to people, discovering interest and talent for this project, all THIS part of my life?  Yeah.  I will call this resiliency building.

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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+CREATIVITY, THE STORM OF CHAOS, AND A NEED FOR PATIENCE

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017.  WOW I think a lot, and I really REALLY miss having collaborators to talk things out with.  I have for a very long time known that conversations of substance and value with others helps me complete thoughts so I don’t just chase tails of ideas — alone — that struggle to put themselves into useful context.

Useful context.  WOW that is a critical piece, evidently, of who I am.  Of HOW I need to be in the world.

Just a moment ago the thoughts that led me to my computer to write this blog post had to do with pausing to wonder why I so often think of A STORM as a BAD thing!  I was thinking about this ALONENESS I feel right now without any compatriots, no collaborators, to help me with the “Big Plan” that hatched itself 9 days ago in my being — as far as I can tell — out of nowhere.  I was thinking that maybe this alone feeling is a kind of pause before the storm.  A calmness before the storm.  Like at a race starting line.  Right up to THAT MOMENT WHEN~!!!!!

I would guess, if I can back away from fear and a kind of panic at my aloneness right now, that ‘where’ I am right now is part of creativity.  Part of creative process.  Hence?  A part of life.  Of living an intentionally creative life.

I have periodically examined my thoughts about chaos and trauma over at least three decades now.  My boiling-down process left chaos simply as a state where ANYTHING is possible (primary state of our right social-emotional right limbic brain when it’s left alone in its own juices to ‘non-think’ for itself).  ANYTHING.

To me chaos as a state, therefore, is nothing but ‘full of potential, full of possibilities’.

Very often language in words is not an easy part of my creative process.  Making things out of stuff with my  hands is a much more comfortable process, it seems, than working to make something appear out of my passion reflected in ideas like THIS one.

So, I will give a little overview of what I am planning to make happen in this little town of 11,000 people.

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One Global Family Creative Arts Team

A community grassroots drop-in studio for fun creative activity

FREE – ALL ages welcome!
– (children must be with responsible caregivers)
– basic supplies provided 
– Donations of and for art supplies appreciated!

Dedicated to —

Encouraging, supporting & showcasing the talents of children, youth & their families, along with community people – in arts & crafts, photography & video, music & dance, writing & poetry, public speaking & drama, sewing & fashion, cooking & gardening — along with leadership & service to others & the world!

To be held Sundays beginning May 7, 2017 from 11:30 to 2:30 pm in the Community Room of the Market Cafe

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This idea that has come to me  is connected to the fact that I am a Nationally Registered Art Therapist, MA in Art Education – in this case making use of my skills with an effort toward creating self-healing community and providing resiliency opportunities — which is tied so closely to everything in this video – Adverse Childhood Experience: ACES — Laura Porterhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHH37ia6Wc8

I especially want to encourage the higher ACEs families to come enjoy this opportunity.  The Food Co-op which is offering the room space free is mostly white.  There is a very large Hispanic population here.  This great mostly organic Co-op food is EXPENSIVE, and large portions of the population here is very poor.  They cannot shop at the place where this space exists.  This bothers me, and I don’t know (yet) what to do about this problem.  Are poor people, to put is most simply, going to feel at all comfortable coming to an event held where the not-very-poor (mostly white) people shop while they cannot?

I also wanted to have an attractive, very positive information table present at these creative events, which will include SOMETHING I can come up with to present the CDC ACE info.  I searched the town today to find parenting classes and other parenting support information.  So far I have come up empty handed!!  The people at the public mental health center looked as open-mouthed dumbfounded at my questions for parenting class resources as the people at the co-op were when I asked them about the vast cultural and economic disparities in their shoppers and co-op members.

Frustrated, but not dissuaded.  I am so hoping to find some collaborators to help with this project — on every level!  There is a great resource here in an excellent small charter school (6th – 12th grade).  So many kids want to get into that school that they have to hold a lottery where the lucky few get to share in a great opportunity others do not have.

But, I hear, one of the key aspects of this school is their strong emphasis on students performing community service.  I actually think there is NOTHING that will need to be done in terms of graphic design, advertising process, set up and take down, working on collections of art supply donations, dispensing invitations within the community, welcoming, assisting children and their families — that THIS group of community members cannot do!  *And hopefully these students (with or without my direct effort) will come up with ways to invite others to assist them from the public schools!

School is out on break this week, so NEXT week I will begin to investigate this hopeful option.  I also think those students will be able to think about the economic disparities and the cultural divisions in this area very competently, creatively, and perhaps even eagerly!

Meanwhile I HAD to talk to SOMEBODY – and dear readers — that is why this post exists!  Thank you for reading!

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NICE LINKS!

http://upliftconnect.com/opposite-addiction-connection/

http://upliftconnect.com/neuroscience-of-singing/

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Here is my first book out in ebook format as it provides an outline of the conditions of my malevolent childhood.  Click here to view or purchase–

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.  A daring book – for daring readers – about a really tough subject.

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Tags: adult attachment disordersadult reactive attachment disorderanxiety disorders,borderline motherborderline personality disorderbrain developmentchild abuse,depression,derealizationdisorganized disoriented insecure attachment disorder,dissociation,dissociative identity disorderempathyinfant abusePosttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),protective factorsPTSDresiliencyresiliency factorsrisk factorsshame