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When Antidotes Are Needed

June, 2020

Blooming Black-Eyed Susans

. . . And When Words Don't Suffice

Like many, I am in search of adequate words to express the gamut of feelings arising from what is happening in our country, and the world, right now. As a result, this month’s Limb simply offers a blend of words and images intended to provide perspective, validation or inspiration.

Here’s hoping some or all of this brings you comfort or perhaps even a wee bit of joy. This is no magic pill, but rather a slight antidote that may help you cultivate and sustain hope for the future.

Let everything happen to you:

beauty and terror.

Just keep going. No feeling is final.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Collage hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala

"Listen. People start to heal the moment they feel heard."

~ Cheryl Richardson

Quote by Pema Chodron against a cloud-pocked blue sky

Collage hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." ~ Steve Maraboli

Collage hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala

"Wherever there is a human being,

there is an opportunity for a kindness."

~ Seneca

Collage hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala

"Someone I love gave me a box

full of darkness.

It took me years to understand that

this, too, was a gift."

~ Mary Oliver

Collage hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala

"Art keeps us hopeful, whether you’re

personally involved in it

or from a viewer standpoint.

We have to find a way

to experience beauty."

~ Jazz singer Paula West

Collage hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala

If you feel so moved, please share what brings you comfort or joy when dark times challenge you to the max.

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Prompts For Joy

Click here for some Candid Camera-like silliness.

(Beth Bastasch, thank you for sharing!)

Click here for an artistic message so relevant to these times.

(Thanks for calling my attention to this one, Sue Murphy Murray.)

Click here for all previous Prompts for Joy.


Pictured Above

Top: A delightful wildflower, Black-Eyed Susans.

Middle: Palo Alto Sky, CA.

All Collages: Hand-crafted by Martha Clark Scala


Front Cover of Assembling a Life by Martha Clark Scala

"Assembling a Life is a collage of words and images, artfully presented, and a story artfully told . . . Martha blends love, loss, images and humor into a memorable palette."

~ Darlene Frank

Author, Editor,

Writing and Creativity Coach

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Why Assemble a Life? An Interview with Author and Artist, Martha Clark Scala

Check out this video that reveals what motivated me to write Assembling a Life: Claiming the Artist in My Father (and Myself). Comments and feedback welcome!


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