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Healing and Empowerment for Women

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In 1969, when working as an Adhesives Chemist, a male co-worker was resentful that as a degreed chemist, I made more money than he.

One day I found a huge p*nis made of black mastic lying in the crease of my lab notebook. Mastic is a black putty-like adhesive, still used to fix down linoleum floor tiles.

I pulled off the tip of the p*nis and fashioned a tiny p*nis from it and laid the tiny one in the crease of his lab notebook.

I laid the mutilated one beside his notebook.

That was the end of that.

He never bullied me again.

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Our individual snowflakes, our pushbacks, have become an AVALANCHE of justice for women.

Good on us!

 

(Note: the painting at the top of this page is one of mine.)

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Earrings Everyday’s Challenge is “Chart Your Own Course.” I decided to play with asymmetric earring pairs.

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Bumblebee Jasper Cabochon. Golden Freshwater Pearls. Swarovski crystals.

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Pottery Fragment. Freshwater pearls. Swarovski crystals. Lampwork bead.

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Lampwork butterfly wing. Freshwater pearls. Czech beads.

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Lampwork bead. Faceted Garnets. Rosebud pearls. Lampwork headpin. Czech glass beads.

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Faceted Aqua Aura beads. Root beer lamp work disk with aqua dots. Beach glass.

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Large and small lamp work mushrooms. Freshwater pearls.

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I turn seventy tomorrow.

I am writing to tell you that survivors of clergy sex abuse serve a life sentence.

Clergy sex abuse, with its physical abuse; sexual abuse; emotional abuse and spiritual abuse causes a SHATTERING of the survivor’s being.

Sometimes clergy are given minimal sentences for raping children. Sometimes as little as one year. But we survivors serve a life sentence.

Let me introduce you to my five year old self.

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This precious five year old was sodomized on a weekly basis during fishing season by my father’s priest.

My body will never be the same.

My emotions were savaged not only by the abuse, but by my parents, groomed by the priest, who turned a blind eye to what was happening.

I lost my faith, but regained it, bit by bit. My faith is now robust, but scarred.

I lead a full, productive life. I have left this world a better place.

I like to think that my book has been a snowflake in creating the wonderful avalanches of justice that are happening for children, women and men today.

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I published my book on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, December 28. I dedicated it to all of my brothers and sisters in this world who survived clergy sex abuse. And to those who, sadly, did not survive. So many suicides because of this horrible crime!

Last night my daughter and son in law came over to cook for me and to give me my birthday gifts.

They made rack of lamb, marinated in a Moroccan spice blend; couscous with zucchini, seasoned with a North African spice blend; seeded rolls and raspberry Pavlova. We sipped champagne while dinner cooked, and during dinner, a multi-continent affair.

I grew up in DC, in the city itself. So did Mother. So did Grandmother, and GreatGrandmother. Mom’s family came to DC at the time of the Civil war.

In summer, Mother would pack me a sack lunch and pin two streetcar tokens to the collar of my blouse. I’d go to the Mall to one of the Smithsonian museums and spend the day. My very favorite was Natural History. I guess I was always a nerd!

Sarah and Will presented me with three Capital Transit car tokens, minted in 1950, as one of my birthday gifts. I was over the moon. I knew immediately that I would make them into earrings and a pendant, which I did today.

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I added coin pearls and freshwater pearls.

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Here is the last slice of the raspberry Pavlova, which I had with my lunch. My GreatGrandfather was baker to the White House. His bakery was on Connecticut Avenue and he’d drive his horse and buggy up the circle drive in front of the White House every day with their order. I guess baking is in Sarah’s blood and mine!

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This year I have tried to bring joy and happiness to my community by hiding Happy Rocks at libraries, playgrounds and sculpture parks. I also give them as gifts.

Most Happy Rock artists paint natural rocks, but as I am a polymer clay artist, I make mine from polymer. I stamp the back of each rock with the legend Happy Rock.

I made this one for my church’s very first Christmas tree. I have given many happy rocks to folks, young and old, at church, so I know this will make people smile.

Here’s the back:

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Art Bead Scene is featuring ornaments made from Art Beads this month.

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Earrings Everyday’s October theme is Harvest Moon. Here are a few pairs of earrings I have made with a moon theme:

Shine On Harvest Moon. The moon disks are made from some of my Opal Polymer Clay then dry brushed with several colors of interference acrylics. I added Basha Beads to complete them.

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Apollo 17. The next pair have great sentimental value to me. After Apollo 17, Spock and Kirk went around to all of the NASA locations to thank the workers for their help with the mission. Spock put the tiny Lunar Lander into Mother’s hand and she gave it to me, her nerd daughter.

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The Sea of Tranquility. The next pair, with matching pendant, is polymer “Ivory” with pearls. They remind me of the moon’s surface.

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Moon Shadows. The next pair have ostrich shell rounds and beads by StoneDesignsbySheila.

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Moonstones Melody. The next pair have tiny cubical moonstones and tiny pearls with baroque pearl drops.

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Red Moon Rising. The next pair have a harvest moon from my molten lava polymer clay and tiny Basha Beads.

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Once in a Blue Moon is made from marbled polymer clay.

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Thanks for going on this moon journey with me!

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The AJE Challenge post is just below this one.
Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) offered a wonderful leafy challenge this month. Click on the url to see this month’s challenge.

I used beads from five countries and three continents in my response to the challenge. UK, US, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Ghana. North America, Europe and Africa.

The focal beads were gifted to me by Petra of Scorched Earth (UK) with an order I placed with her. They started out as white porcelain. I painted them with black acrylic, then dry brushed them with interference violet and interference green. I used my embossing gun to cure the paint between colors. I have my embossing gun hanging from my gooseneck lamp so it is always at the ready.

I used two bright purple disks made from my opal polymer clay, one in each earring. One is much thinner than the other. (US)

The grape colored bead is lamp work by Yulia Hollund of Norway, gifted to me with an order of her beads.

I used amethyst beads and Czech beads in both earrings.

The right-hand earring has a green artisan bead from Ghana. The artisan used recycled glass and made the hole with a piece of straw, which burned away in the kiln.

I have been strongly drawn to asymmetrical earrings of late and this challenge gave me the chance to give myself the chance to let loose with asymmetry.

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