HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my readers here in the US! I’m most likely taking a couple of days off to spend with my little family (of two). Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!
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It’s that time of year again…Halloween approaches! I’m once again taking place in the annual Countdown to Halloween.
In addition, I’ll be posting extra goodies on the SWS Facebook page every day, so please follow/friend request!
I appreciate (and credit) all reader submissions so don’t hesitate to use the comments or contact form to share this season’s treats.
Many years ago, when I was beginning this blog, I could always find inspiration at The beinArt Collective. After a hiatus and a complete site makeover, it’s up and running again!
The beinArt Collective is an international network of highly skilled figurative artists with a shared fascination for surreal and imaginative themes. Over the years we have published books, curated group exhibitions and maintained a strong online presence under the beinArt banner. Our projects have helped generate opportunities for our artists to network, collaborate, share resources and connect with a broader audience. We delight in sharing their work and hope that by viewing the journeys of these artists, those who light upon them will be inspired.
The Collective hosts many of my all time favorite visual artists. So glad it’s back, and I look forward to its evolution through the years.
It’s a little early, I know. But I want to make a quick request: if you fellow admirers of the strange and unusual come across memorable Halloween art, decorations, products, costumes, clothing, food…or anything else that deserves a spot on SWS over the next month and a half, please comment or send links via the contact form on the right. I happily credit those who share articles with links to their personal pages/projects.
I already have some goodies I’m excited to share and can’t wait to see what we come up with as a community!
One year ago, I was pretty certain my health couldn’t get worse. I was bed bound, unable to communicate via speech or typing, barely able to eat and unable to perform the simplest of tasks due to pain. That had to be the low point, right?
Well, on March 4th I woke up with stomach cramps. By the evening I was doubled over, choking back screams in the ER, until my CT scan revealed an intestinal perforation, requiring open surgery. They tried to delicately explain that the operation I was about to have is one of the worst procedures out there to recover from (even for someone without a CNS disorder that amplifies pain 100 fold). When they went in, they discovered such massive infection that I was mere hours away from going septic and losing my life. It still gets me misty eyed thinking of my father…and my dearest loved ones…getting that news.
I’ll skip details of the grueling recovery, because the point of this post is gratitude!
I didn’t die.
Nor did I die when they had to go in and do another emergency open surgery for scar tissue obstruction months later! Sheesh.
Nope, didn’t die then either.
After the second operation (which was actually my third major abdominal procedure), when I was painstakingly starting to get up and take my first few steps, I enlisted the help of my best friend and together we made a mini mix of inspiring 80’s “training montage” songs. A few selections:
So when I got up, I’d put my phone in my IV pole tray and have these songs playing as I ventured out into hospital hallways.
…a little much needed comic relief for everyone! It made the pain a tad more bearable to see the laughs, smiles and thumbs up from the staff and fellow patients as I slowly went by.
The past year has been the most astoundingly challenging, and most profoundly revelatory of my life. While pain still prohibits me from joining the land of the living quite yet, in many ways I am starting to heal from an “incurable” illness against all odds. You better believe I will continue that process until I am fully functional. Every little thing feels like a miracle despite the intense pain remaining. Eating, breathing, READING…you name it!
Some of you have been with this blog for the whole trajectory thus far, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Here’s hoping that one year from now I will still be sharing arts and oddities, with the newfound freedom of one who has regained life and limbs! I must believe that each and every day, my strange miracle of recovery takes hold a little more.
I’ve wanted to open up a blog store for ages but couldn’t physically handle a fraction of the creation work, given my medical situation.
I’m amazed by the incredible kindness of some people in light of my extreme challenges. My friend Eric took it upon himself to make the store happen for me! I sent him raw design material and concepts…he put it all together.
We made a number of designs with the kind of classy, dark vibe that feels like home to me.
Some of the options are made from actual silent film caption cards.
When I’m recovered enough from hand pain to start crafting again I’ll be creating some non-logo, exclusive designs. I can’t wait!
Click on the particular design title you like at the Store Home, and you’ll see many colors and products available.
Honestly, I have a bit of an excessive modesty problem and it feels odd suggesting anyone buy things with my logo on them (I know money is tight these days!)…but they are just so darn pretty! I’d be truly honored if anyone chooses to support the site.
All proceeds go toward treatment for a really difficult medical condition.
Eric, I can’t thank you enough for your hard work, patience and skills!