Reality Sandwiches is a book of poetry by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, in which he uses “startling verbal juxapositions to suggest new ideas and connections.”
As a teenager, I was awoken from working class school doldrums, and feasted on this:
On Burroughs’ Work
“A naked lunch is natural to us,
we eat reality sandwiches.
But allegories are so much lettuce.
Don’t hide the madness.”
At 17, my beatnik boyfriend –brilliant, heart-broken by the world–introduced me and my brother to a counter-culture world full of art, music, Beat poetry, oppression & struggle, vulnerability & mercy, and a path to “be happy in the meantime.”
I’ve been providing psychotherapy in Bellingham since 1994. I’m a synthesizer and interpreter of therapy techniques. I believe that all good therapy is an art, not a technique, and that as I am able to deeply listen to myself and my clients, relational healing takes place. For more on that loaded topic, head over to my psychology blog.
My interests constantly shift and flow in my life and my artworks. Philosophy is a hobby. Nutrition is a hobby. Art is a hobby. I go intensely into one interest, get as much as I can, then lift off into the next inspiration. These days, I am completely absorbed in mixed media and painting portraits, showing my process through photos. I can be seen regularly hanging with my Ladies Aid Society (LAS) girlfriends, who have big plans for aiding our town. I’m also going for optimum health despite IBS (under guidance of Mark Hyman), and dancing Zumba. Follow me on Instagram: 4Laureleaf
“…a lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world
and the responsibilities of your life…
scatter the flowers over the graves, and walk away.
be good-natured and untidy in your exuberance…
in the glare of your mind, be modest.
and beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling.”
~ mary oliver