Friday, April 30, 2010

10 Things I Love About Being Healthy

In my dream last night, I remember that I was using crutches and tripping all over the place. I don't remember what the dream was about, but that detail stuck with me as I opened my eyes this morning. I wiggled my toes in gratitude that I have had the ability to walk for almost two years now (Will be two years next July). It's easy for me to get caught up in my day to day stresses that I don't realize how incredibly blessed I am. I was inspired to write a list of things I love about being healthy.

1. Using stairs
-Being able to use stairs opens a whole new realm of possibilities as to where I can go

Taking my dog for walks

Being Able to Work

Making Meals in the Kitchen

Being on Eye-Level with Other People

-From a wheelchair, everyone was usually looking down at me (unless they were especially short). It's so fantastic to look at people straight in the eye.
Free Hands

-I used to have really bad hand tremors and couldn't hold things still (I actually had to use braces 24/7 at one point). I love having hands that move freely without worrying that I will drop something or that my writing will be illegible.
Being Outdoors

-Wheelchairs are generally not conducive to uneven terrain. It's fantastic to be able to take a walk outside.

Going to Other People's Houses

-Most houses are inaccessible to wheelchairs (Something that I think should be designed differently when houses are being built!) and it's hard to visit other people. Thankfully, most public buildings are marginally accessible though. I'm very thankful for ADA laws, although I think they could be even better.

Being Barefoot

-There's nothing like feeling the ground under your feet.

Friday, April 2, 2010

My Top 13 Favorite Artists

1 Howard Shore

Shore is an academy award winning composer, conductor, orchestrate and music producer. He is famous for composing the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

2 Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh was a Dutch-impressionist painter who lived in the late 1800's. He suffered a great deal from mental illness, which is well reflected in his paintings by the colors, proportions, use of shadows and texture. Although his paintings are highly respected today, he was little appreciated in his lifetime.

3 Aaron Weiss

Weiss is a poet, painter, writer, musician and frontman for the post-hardcore band, MeWithoutYou. What I love most about his art is the unbridled passion, emotion and honesty contained in every finished piece.

4 Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven was a German composer and musician who lived in the early nineteenth century. His hearing began to deteriorate in his early twenties, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.
He remains to this day one of the most influential and well respected composers of all time.

5 Andy Warhol

Warhol was an American illustrator, film maker, print maker and painter. What stands out to me most about his art are the clean lines, repition, symmetry, realistic proportion and vibrant colors.

6 Frida Kahlo

Kahlo was a Mexican painter who lived in the early 20th century. Perhaps the most interesting of her paintings are her self-portraits where she portrays herself from, introspectively, every angle imaginable.
Unfortunately, her art did not become popular until thirty years after her death.

7 Alex Grey

Grey is an American painter, installation artist, performance artist and sculptor with a fascination for the metaphysical. Themes of death, transcendence and bio-electrical energy are key elements of his paintings even from childhood art.

8 Pablo Picasso

Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor in the early to mid 20th century. His full name was actually Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. No joke.

9 Gretchen Ryan

Ryan is an American painter and illustrator. Her art consists of a stark contrast of realism and surrealism, giving her child beauty pageant collections an eerily beautiful glow about them.

10 Katherine Von Drachenberg (Kat Von D)

Kat Von D is a Mexican-born tattoo artist, painter, illustrator, photographer, musician, model, author and TV personality. She is well known for her life-like portrait and animal tattoos.

11 JM Barrie

Barry was a Scottish an author and playwright in the early 20th century. He best known for writing Peter Pan.

12 Christian Riese Lassen

Lassen is a Hawaiian painter who is famous for his abstract pieces featuring oceans.

13 Peter Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer who is famous for writing the music for The Nutcracker.