Important Personal News:
Dear Friends and Contributors,
At last it’s scheduled!
Jim and I (+ Luna) will travel to Delray Beach, Florida, on Tuesday September 12th. I will have Neuravive MRI guided Focused Ultrasound treatment (MRgFUS) early on the 15th at Sperling Medical Center under Dr.Travis Thierney. It’s all very exciting and a bit unnerving. Last month Dr. Thierney had success with the procedure on a gentleman with a skull density ratio 2 points thicker than mine. That news was, of course, wildly encouraging and gives cause to be a bit more confident than before, though everyone is quick to remind me that there is no guarantee and my chances for success remain at 50/50. Good enough for a try at getting a right hand, say I, as if I was accustomed to rolling the dice at such high stakes.
Your generosity and support continue to light my way. One of you has recently made a generous contribution that will go toward our Airbnb lodging and another has used their bonus points to secure our air travel and rental car. Some would say what good luck. It ‘s much more than that, of course. It is a way of inhabiting the world, and I feel inspired and instructed by you once again.
Update from Claudia Siegel, via facebook:
Our friend Julia Connor was featured on KCRA-NBC news on Saturday. This short segment is a prelude to a longer segment which KCRA will air in April. Thanks to all who have contributed via gofundme at http://bit.ly/2nu4oKA. We're just $5933 short of our goal! I am confident!
Link to KCRA news:
A new medical procedure for an essential tremor is being hailed as a miracle and is giving a Sacramento artist hope. Stanford Neurosurgeon Dr. Casey Halpern explains the new treatment that's available to Essential Tremor patients and how it works.
Click here to donate to help Julia end her tremors. https://www.gofundme.com/tb-help-julia-end-her-tremors
Please read "Catherine's blog," "Manna from Heaven."
Link to GoFundMe campaign to help Julia, created by Catherine's sister:
Julia will receive a new treatment technique for essential tremor. Read about it here:
Whether moved by the terror of life or the beauty of life, one is summoned to respond. This is my fundamental understanding of love and it is what lures me to create, whatever the medium.
Poetry has been my ground. At 16 a poem by W.B.Yeats rocked my world.
I had been a non-participating student. Yeats’ words so penetrated me that they shifted my sense of who I was as well as what language could be. The apprehension of an appointment with poetry lay dormant until mid-life and the dissolution of a marriage prompted me to undertake a study of poetics under poets Robert Duncan, Diane di Prima and others -- an experience that radicalized my being.
For me, a poem had always begun in the studio of my journal; its genesis arising as much from the movement and play of the hand as from the movement of the mind. In 2011 I developed full-blown Essential Tremor, a genetic neurological disorder that reveals itself in tremors of the hand, specifically when engaged in intentional small motor task such as writing. Another radical shift!
Largely in response, I returned to my first love—working with clay. Through early training at Chouniard Art Institute, and more profoundly, through a life-long mentorship and friendship with potter, poet, and educator, M.C. Richards, I found a parallel path to that of writing -- embodying a similar aesthetic.
Painting and drawing have been my constant companions expressing what falls between the timbres and cadences of language, and the star-born earth of clay – the play of line and color.