Our first gathering of the year at the hospital went off without a hitch. We had 11 participants and made over one hundred crane cards. Also, dropped off a large bag full of cards to the Virginia Piper Breast Center.
Yesterday a group of us gathered together in the community room at Lund’s in Edina, MN to make Crane cards. The time was from 11:00am to 4:00pm and people could come and go as they needed. We had a total of 16 people participate and we made over 300 cards. The cards will be donated to various clinics associated with Allina at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis,MN.
I had a wonderful time and I’m so grateful to everyone that showed up. We even had some guests come from out of town (Cleveland, Ohio). The days that we have gatherings are always good days filled with Good times, good friends and good works. “Many hands make light work”. Hugs to all!
Photos to be posted later.
It’s New Year’s Day, 2015! A day of sleeping-in, reflections, Bowl games, resolutions and new beginnings.
I started the day sitting in front of my light box. Checked my emails, nothing of real interest. Wait, Danny Gregory has a new blog post. He writes, “It is so important to allow our creative expression to go where it will, not to control it and lock it into the compartments and definitions we think suit it today.”
This had me thinking about my breast cancer journey and how art played a very big and important role. You could say my creative expression went a little wild. A bright pink Mohawk. A thousand folded paper origami cranes. Henna tattoos on my bald head, A slide show set to the song “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer. Thirty-three plus paintings by my sister, using my head as the canvas. And the development of Cranes of Hope. It was what I needed to do to express myself at the time. To heal, to learn, to give back and to grow.
Make 2015 a year of creative expression. Dance, write, sing, paint, draw, play and have some fun while you’re at it. Let it go wherever it takes you.
Wishing you a wonderful creative year!