#WATWB, Art, Chronic Illness

#Community instead of Competition #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz, Shilpa Garg, Mary J. Giese, and Sylvia Stein,

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“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” ~ Coretta Scott King

When one of the owners of The Local Coffee Company, Dave McAdams went into hospice care following a terminal cancer diagnosis a competitor in his Oak Grove community stepped up.    The future of The Local Coffee Company and his wife Tina’s livelihood seemed up in the air after hearing the tragic news.  McAdams, a well-loved and respected member in his community owns a non-profit, worked with youths,  was a baseball coach, and even a member of the Portland Ghostbusters group. The heartbreaking diagnosis prompted support from his community, including the owner, Pixie Adams of a nearby competitor, Moonlight Coffee House.  Adams closed down her own shop on the one year anniversary of The Local Coffee Company in order to run her competitor’s business for free.  But Adams didn’t stop there, being a breast cancer survivor herself  she used Facebook to create an event which turned it into a fund-raiser. In five hours, the business earned $3,300, all of which will go toward McAdams’ medical expenses and supporting the Local Coffee Company.

“It’s always going to be about friendship over business, community over competition,” Pixie Adams via Washington Post. 

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”~ Herman Melville

#WATWB, Art, Chronic Illness

#Art for #Recovery ~ Using Art to Help Heal #WATWB

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Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrathLizbeth HartzShilpa GargMary Giese, and Belinda Witzenhausen.
To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


“Art is the meeting ground of the world inside and the world outside.”~ Elinor Ulman

Establish in 1988, the University of California, San Francisco’s Art for Recovery (Ernest H Rosenbaum Art for Recovery)Program,  is a creative arts program introducing art, writing and music to adults living with cancer and other potentially terminal illness. To date, it has helped thousands of patients find a voice to express their feelings about their illness.  By being able to communicate they build confidence in themselves and finding a way to cope with life-changing illnesses. 

Approximately 200 patients participate in Art for Recovery’s weekly, three-hour Open Art Studios workshop. Other activities they offer include writing workshops and visits by musicians at Mount Zion and Mission Bay. Volunteer guitarists, harpists and madrigal singers also perform in hospital lobbies. Both inpatients and outpatients may attend and participate.  Program director, since it’s inception, Cynthia Perlis  discusses the benefits of the program in the video below:

“Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.” ~ Natalie Rogers