She was a psychiatrist, a mother of eight, an Episcopal priest and took time also to work with patients at a mental health facility which no longer exists in Dallas, Texas. Her name was Dr. Ruth Barnhouse and the reason I can still recall her name after thirty years, is because her lecture left me with much to ponder, things I have never forgotten. The doctor had an analogy about how a person is like a mobile hanging from the ceiling and suspended are these four delicate invisible strings perfectly balanced. One represents our spirit, another our mind, another our emotions and last our physical state. Her point was that when one thing one gets off balance, that the whole mobile becomes effected.
I thought about this today, because since my mother died I have have somehow kept it together more than I thought it would be possible. But recently my neck is stiff and hurts and I keep thinking that tomorrow it will be better, but after ten days it’s not. You know, I think Dr. Barnhouse has a point. All of my feeling of sadness are coming out in my stiff neck and that has made it impossible to sleep well, so I broke down and went to the doctor today and it’s a good thing, because he explained it can be an insidious problem that can become chronic. He prescribed some medicines, gave me some exercises to do with weights three times a day, and I will have a massage later today.
The photos are of a Polish Christmas chandelier. The craft is called Pajaki (pronounced pie ocky). I made one to honor my husband who is of Polish decent, but also it gave me something challenging to do when I felt so sad about my mom at the end of her life. Yes, art does save!! If you google Pajaki you will find a bevy of examples, but John Mcray's photos of his class at The Castle in The Air was especially inspirational. I used: Natural Swedish straw, tissue and crepe papers, pompoms a needle and fishing line, scissors, and a ribbon wound embroidery hoop and glue.
Hope your Holidays are Happy and Bright!