The Adventures of B & B, PARTS I & II

Therapeutic Creative Expression comes in MANY forms.

One of my favorite people, Cathy, sent me this 3 part story that is a superb example of her own Therapeutic Creative Expression for those who have entered their twilight years.  I have taken the liberty of titling each part and pointing out the morals that the author has cleverly alluded to but may not be aware of.

The Adventures of B and B

Part I

 by Cathy D.

What a surprise to see my own words while trolling Judy’s blog after midnight. This saga is loosely based on a real event when I shuttled three of my favorite little old ladies on a shopping trip. And yes, there was panty waving in the restaurant. Thanks, Judy, for your hilarious additions. Here’s the link to my blog: http://www.intrinsics.wordpress.com

Judy’s Title: Undercover Agents

Biddy* and Busybody* had been planning their shopping trip for weeks, and they were so excited when the day came. They were both desperately in need of new underwear.

Biddy wanted some sensible cotton briefs with a touch of lace—and she wouldn’t mind if the crotch had that new-fangled fabric claiming to wick away moisture. Busybody wanted something fancier—high cut hipsters or bikinis. She’d just had a facelift, after all. No reason why both ends couldn’t look good. Back in the day, she’d had a wardrobe of crotchless panties. Not anymore, though. They chafed.

They decided JC Penney had the best selection, so they headed out to the car. Biddy won the coin toss so she got to drive. Her 1990 Cadillac was the size of a small boat and would suffer less damage if she bumped someone, which had happened before. The lanes had become so dang tiny because so many folks were buying those foreign pieces of tin and calling ‘em cars. Not for her—American all the way!

Judy’s Moral:  You’ll never chafe in a Caddy if you use seat covers.

* * * * *

The Adventures of B. and B.

Part II

 by Cathy D.

Judy’s Title: Botox & Gas – Fuel for the Aged.

The friends settled into the Caddie’s comfy leather seats. That’s when Biddy noticed the gas gauge. Empty! She was horrified. Hadn’t she just filled the tank a couple of days before? The only place she’d gone was to visit her friend, Hortense, who’d just gotten injectable fillers and Botox enhancements. Boy, those new treatments could make you look 80 again almost instantly!

But what should she do about the empty gas tank? Busybody was becoming impatient. “Let’s go already,” she snipped. “We have to be back before dark and it’s almost noon.” Biddy contemplated the chances of making the mile-and-a-half trip to the mall on an empty tank. She decided to try.

Bravely, she turned the key. The gas gauge needle shot to full. She’d forgotten to turn on the car! Crisis averted, the friends made their way slowly to Penney’s. Fortunately, there weren’t many cars in the lot so Biddy took up two parking spaces. She liked to have plenty of room to open her car door.

Judy’s Moral:  Never drive on empty unless you don’t want to go.  

Tomorrow, The dénouement of the cliffhanger

  *The names have been changed to protect the Author.

(If Cathy, the author,  is willing to share she may let me know by giving me permission to give out the URL to her blog.  

If she isn’t willing to share please read this fast as I may have to remove it before she sues)


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 presentation which focuses on my own journey with fibromyalgia
  • Therapeutic Creative Expression slides – paintings, journals, masks – my own and others.  
  • I’ve got masks for everyone to decorate – take home your own mask of Celebration.  
  • AND Max will be giving away Hypnotic Healing Recordings. 

This event is sponsored by:

The Fibromyalgia & Pain Center, California State University, Fullerton and

FANN, Fibromyalgia Awareness National Network

My presentation  is followed by a reception with food and games!

Plus, a special live performance by national recording artist, Pasquale Talarico!

To register for this FREE event, visit:

http://surveymonkey.com/s/fad2012

or call: 657-278-7031

http://fmcp.fullerton.edu/documents/FAD2012ElectronicFlyer_04.08.2012_FINAL.sm.pdf

My Goal is to Get Adults to “Paint” Feelings like Children.

I set 3 rules for participants when I facilitate a Therapeutic Creative Expression workshop:

  1. There is no right or wrong way to express feelings with color.*
  2. There is no right or wrong way to express feelings with color.**
  3. There is no right or wrong way to express feelings with color.***
I am not looking for nor do I expect beautiful “art”.  
Take a look at examples of what I DO expect****

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Pablo Picasso

* Exception to rule #1: No painting the walls

**Exception to rule #2:  No painting the carpet

***Exception to rule #3: No painting the facilitator.

****Every person in every workshop has exceeded my expectation.

Paintings from classes taught by Therese Lydia Joseph at

Dandelion Studios 

Take a look at Therese’s site – she’s a fabulous artist.  I love her use of color!

http://therese-joseph.blogspot.com/