Inktober Unmasked

Mardi Gras Meowie Posting a drawing a day on Curious to the Max with a once-a-week Sunday-7 Day Retrospective on CATNIPblog for those of you who just want to click- off the dailies! INKTOBER – THE END!

The Mask of Invisibility and Me

In 1996 I contracted an invisible “illness”.  I began experiencing excruciating burning pain in my hands, arms and legs followed by gastrointestinal, cardiological, dermatological, emotional “issues”.  The worst part is I was also in peri-menopause and experiencing mood swings, wildly, uncontrollably ric-o-shaying between happy, content to annoyed and upset. In1996 fibromyalgia was not recognized by […]

The Face of Joy MASK Workshop

Great group of people who attended my The Power of Therapeutic Creative Expression presentation for the International Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy and created their mask of Joy. We decorated masks: The outside – the joy I show to the world The inside of mask – The joy I experience that no one sees. Take a look! […]

The Magic of the Mask

Daru and my presentation for the Imagery International conference was “Magic of the Mask”. Basic instructions were to focus on positive attributes, qualities, accomplishments and then represent/express what is shown or expressed to others on one side of the mask and what is felt or experienced that is not shown to other on the reverse […]

Vision Masks

Had a deeeeeeeeeelightful time with Stephanie Fermelia’s Heart Support Group at Hoag Hospital doing VISION Masks. We ran out of time to fully process the collages (or even finish some).  Vision Masks are based on vision boards but can give you a lot more personal information on what you “Face in your Future“. Here’s a […]

Mask Painting to Express Feelings – Wendy’s Mask

After posting pictures of one of my  mask workshops mask-painting-to-express-feelings Wendy Holcombe commented that she wished she could paint a mask (my words, not hers).  So I sent her a mask form that I use in my Therapeutic Creative Expression Workshops. Take a look at Wendy’s post on CreateToHeal!  She painted the outside and collaged the inside.  Then […]

Mask Painting, Making the Invisible Visible

The Face of Joy was the first mask painting workshop I facilitated.   Visions of the Invisible, In The Face of Pain was the second.   It is a powerfully therapeutic experience, not to mention FUN!  Yes, painting pain can be fun as long as you don’t have expectations of how it “should” look, know there’s […]

The Mask We Show to the World – In the Face of Pain

A favorite Therapeutic Creative Expression exercise is mask painting – whether it is on an actual mask or on a 2-dimensional outline I have participants paint or collage the inside and the outside of their mask representing in color, symbol, design how they experience PHYSICAL, MENTAL or EMOTIONAL PAIN: what they present to the outside […]

Mask Faces, In The Face of Pain

From the National Fibromyalgia Association Fibro Focus Meeting last Sunday: Here’s some of the participant’s “Mask” faces I had them do.  Instead of using a paper-mache mask and paint I gave them a template of the outside and inside of a face that they colored in with crayons. The Left side represents the “face we […]

Celebration, Confession and Happy Anniversary*

Noticed the new header?  The critters are creations from CATNIPblog and the magnificently, masterful, murky minds of Peggy & me. Here’s whatsup: After retiring I have more and more time but, as you’ve noticed, there have been fewer and fewer posts on CURIOUS.  I have a “tendency” to accomplish things when faced with deadlines and […]

Being tired is exhausting

I look normal, I act normal (relatively normal).  However, I feel exhausted much of the time, my body aches from head to toe and my brain sometimes has trouble remembering or concentrating.  Please don’t tell me to exercise more, eat better, try acupuncture or go to a new doctor.  After 20 years I’ve tried just […]

Post-Traumatic GROWTH?

Skimming my surface tell-tale signs of suffering The pain buried deep My haiku was inspired by Carolyn Thomas’ Post-Traumatic Growth: how a crisis makes life better – or not.  Carolyn had a myocardial infarction – the “widowmaker” heart attack.  Since that life altering experience she has been overwhelmingly affected by the ongoing pain of coronary microvascular disease. Until […]

What were you thinking upon waking?

I follow Phylor’s Blog She writes beautifully, candidly and creatively about her experience with pain, dis-ease, chronic illness or she describes it: “pain, poetry, bipolar, prose (and a little whimsy on the side)” Her poem, not only provocative, is so relevant to current research on how our thoughts signal our limbic/autonomic nervous system to create the neurochemicals […]

The Magic of Imagery

My wonderful, wacky, creative friend and colleague Daru Maer and I are doing a presentation at the Imagery International Conference this October. We’re doing an experiential presentation: “The Magic of the Mask”. Each of us has done variations of this workshop.  Now we have to combine forces which means I HAVE to go to Oregon where Daru […]

Eureka! I never again have to lose weight and get in shape to go swimming!

Here’s a I-don’t-have-to-think post that others have written! Men and women wearing full body suits from head to toe are appearing on nearly every beach in Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong province as the weather gets hotter. The upper part of the swimsuit, which covers the head and only leaves the eyes, nose and […]

“F” Words

Those of you who know me, KNOW how pristine, proper and perfect I am. However, I was throwing around lots of “F” words:  Fibro, Focus & Faith!  at The National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day sponsored by FANN – Fibromyalgia Awareness National Network  and The Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Center at Cal State University, Fullerton directed by Jessie Jones, Ph.D.. After my […]

FREE! Celebrate YOU! this Sunday May 6th

Living up to my well earned title of Goddess of the Last Moment . . . I was asked to speak at the FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY 2012 at California State University, Fullerton on this Sunday May 6th.    CELEBRATE YOU! If you are in town come on down (or up, depending). I will be giving a Powerpoint […]

Do You Really Know What Matters To You?

As pictures of Irene were coming at me from every TV channel I thought of all my blog-friends who were in its path and 1993. In 1993 there was a destructive fire in the nearby town of Laguna Beach.  We could see the smoke and flames from our deck.  I remember going around the house […]

Ferreting out PERFECT Responses to Flaw Haiku

Duffy hates the heat Seeking cool spaces to think He melds in tall grass by Rick Y Flawed is what I am Flawless I try hard to be Energy wasted by Sharon O Flaw cracked cup slowly seeps tiny tears of tea and sugar life leaks onto floor by Lorraine, I wrote this poem […]

My Pain -Therapeutic Creative Expression Journal, in progress

In preparation for the next Therapeutic Creative Workshop – a 4 week Mask Painting workshop which focuses on The Face of Pain, The Face of Pleasure – I reviewed some of my past journal pages on pain. This page is still in progress but it is an example of how to start your own non-verbal expression […]

Free Fibro Focus Presentation with Dr Shiel & Me! I’m getting excited.  Doing a powerpoint presentation along with a mini-experiential Therapeutic Creative Expression workshop this Saturday for Fibro Focus!  This is  a great opportunity so I’m posting on this blog too that is grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrradually being phased out. Here’s the info in my longest post ever!  So I am giving you a visual of […]

FREE Fibro Focus with Dr. Shiel & Me!

I’m getting excited.  Doing a powerpoint presentation along with a mini-experiential Therapeutic Creative Expression workshop this Saturday for Fibro Focus! Here’s the info in my longest post ever!  So I am giving you a visual of what to “possibly” expect. The National Fibromyalgia Association invites you to attend “Fibro Focus,” a FREE meeting where you can […]

Contest: Name my Pacemaker WINNER!!!!!!!!

Part of a flight attendant’s arrival announcement: “We’d like to thank you folks for flying with us today.. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal tube, we hope you’ll think of Kulula Airways.” —o0o— Heard on a Kulula flight. “Ladies and gentlemen, if […]

Beaded Healer, by Kathy Johnson

See more of Kathy’s spectacular creations at her ETSY shop: Kittyj –  Beaded Healer, by Kathy Johnson This “doll” blew me away!  Talk about creative expression! I contacted the artist, Kathy Johnson, and asked her permission to share this with you.  Here’s what she wrote me: Hey Judy!I don’t know how long it took to […]

Processing Therapeutic Creative Expression

“I have been contemplating the woman falling backwards.  The side borders are open.  The water may be my escape, my way out.  I think the fireworks behind my head are things that stress me out.  Pink and blue background colors may represent kids (students and my own).  I need to take time for myself. Thank […]