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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!

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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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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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Art Bead Scene offers a painting each month as a prompt to create beads and jewelry.

The painting this month is Self Portrait  with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, painted by Frida Kahlo in 1940.

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So many of Kahlo’s paintings focus on her physical suffering as a result of terrible injuries in a bus accident.

Instead of the suffering I chose to focus on Frida as an Artistic Goddess and created beads and then earrings derived from the Jaguar in the painting. I call the beads Eye of the Jaguar Goddess Beads.

I used my emerald Opal polymer clay and layered it with black and translucent black polymer to create the Eye of the Jaguar Goddesses. They shimmer and reflect light like mineral opals. I topped them with a pair of emerald shaped vintage beads collected in Santa Fe, NM. The pale emerald beads sing with the opal clay.

Here are the earrings:

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I am so grateful to Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) for these monthly challenges. I grow so much as an artist as I respond to the challenges.

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The March challenge for Art Bead Scene reminded me of paintings I’d seen of birches at twilight.

I am crazy about birches and have 531 pins of birch trees on my “Birches” board on Pinerest.

Here is the challenge painting:

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Edith Carr painted this in 1912 after a six week adventure into rural British Columbia. She called it “Haida Totems”. Birches grow in British Columbia and as far north as Alaska.

My twilight birch beads are inspired by Heather Power’s birch beads, although mine are much, much bigger than hers. I strung them with denim colored button pearls and amethysts.

I also entered the Bead Challenge this month, based on the same photo. Here are Indigo Goddesses.

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You can see this month’s challenge at http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-monthly-challenge.html

 

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A few days ago a woman found my Aurora Australis earring disks on Etsy and wrote to me.

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She is a spinner of wool and wanted me to make her a diz* that looked like my earring disks. Many emails ensued and today I made her the diz at the top of this post.

I textured the top of the diz with a mold I’d made from a Malaysian palm and after curing, painted it with iridescent paints and cured it again.

*A diz is a curved disk with small holes in it. It is used to select the longest fibers from a mass of wool fibers, so that they the long fibers can be spun into a strong yarn.

Here is the back of her diz:

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The diz is 2 1/2″ across and 1/4″ thick. I left the back very plain so that no paint would rub off on the wool.

I look forward to hearing from her about how it works for her.

 

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A bead artist in one of my Facebook groups was bemoaning her cracked fingertips. I will share what I wrote to her, in case you are suffering as well.

I am a doctor/artist and I wrote a comprehensive health care guide for women who do crafts. It won a Gold Medal for Health Communication and was a Main Selection of the Doubleday Cooking and Crafts club.

One whole chapter of my book is on the fingers.

Here is what I am doing this winter for my cracked fingertips. Every night I put a teaspoon of sugar in my palm and pour in about a teaspoon of olive oil. I scrub down my hands, the backs, palms and fingertips. I rub my fingertips in my palms in the sugar scrub to burnish off dead skin and to stimulate the blood vessels.

Then I wash off the sugar with water under the tap, then most of the oil with hand soap.

I keep my fingernails very short so that the skin on the tips is uniformly tough, so that it resists cracking.

At bedtime I put 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil in my palm and I massage it into my hands, especially my nail beds and fingertips. The massage not only delivers the oil to my skin but opens up the capillary beds so that maximum sturdiness of the skin develops.

If you want my book, many Amazon Booksellers have it for 1 cent plus $3.99 shipping (this keeps me humble; if you buy from Amazon Booksellers I won’t make even that one cent, which is fine).

If you need it today you can get it from C&T Publishing as an e-book. There’s a hot link to the C&T listing on my author website http://www.susandelaneyauthor.com.

BTW, C&T was the best publisher a gal could dream of!

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