I am no artist although I still hold a secret dream to create wildly colorful mosaics and fabulously creative sculptures and become the Georgia O'Keefe of the mixed media/clay set.
I greatly admire artists and their unfettered creativity so I'm especially intrigued by the lovely interpretation of our book by Deb DeMeester. Deb is a good friend of ours.
She was mentored by Bruce and is now an educator at the University of St. Thomas and an excellent one at that. Deb and Bruce would team teach leadership classes at UST. What I didn't know is Deb is also a wonderful painter and she is taking brushes and paint and interpreting key chapters in her own way.
This is the artistic rendition of one chapter "The Delicate Dance."
Bruce wrote about accepting the fact that "All of us will die and most of us will face some form of decrepitude in the process of our lives." He addresses something that many us of do, unwittingly, and that is give others who are sick or disabled "The Look." We see through another, not wanting to engage, essentially "a denial in the present, a refusal to join in the dance", a refusal to engage in the dis ease that is dwelling in another and let's face it, likely in ourselves.
Bruce writes "To dance this dance, we must embrace vulnerability...and in the embracing is an openness that reveals the best of our humanity."
Deb, the artist's interpretation: "The dancer gracefully extends a gift. The gift of presence and engagement can be offered by anyone to anyone, especially those who are willing to embrace the vulnerability to do so."
A good lesson for us all.
Once our book is released April 1, 2015, we will be most curious how YOU interpret what you read. We look forward to talking about some of life's great lessons with you. Live well friends!
The Blog Authors
Bruce started writing about living with ALS shortly after being diagnosed in 2010. The blog is called the "Dis Ease Diary."
Cathy is a journalist so she's used to writing. Blogging is different because it feels so personal and that can be scary. Bear with her. She'll figure it out!
You may hear from Ev from time to time. Ev is Bruce's beloved wife. She's a music teacher at a French immersion school.