Visual Arts as Healing

Gloucester MA, “a Great Resort for Artists” — Karl Baedeker. The natural light, sea, rocky granite shores and scenic beauty of Cape Ann has drawn artists, writers and poets for centuries.

‘Annisquam Delight.’ Gloucester MA. ©2015 Dreamtime Wellness LLC.

I am Inspired by the natural beauty of Cape Ann and grateful for scenes such as this sunset on the Annisquam River. Seeing a standing heron at low tide and this sky filled with angelic clouds reflected in the water, it felt as though ‘Gifted by Grace.’

‘Annisquam Delight,’ SOLD at my very first show, entered in 2017 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. ‘Meditation Rock in a Storm,’ chosen for the ‘Opposites Attract’ open juried show at Cape Cod Arts Center represents finding peace in the midst of any storm we might face in life. Along the Annisquam River there are many beautiful spots to enjoy meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques, promoting inner peace and wellbeing for mind, body and spirit. I feel grateful and blessed to call Cape Ann, home.

“Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.” ~ Florence Nightingale”

According to the Cleveland ClinicArts and Medicine Institute, artwork in hospitals, especially specific artwork, “comforts, elevates the spirit and affirms life and hope, and encourages healing.”

Artwork Promotes a Healing Environment in Hospitals.

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Winter Safety Tips

This morning’s bright sunshine on the dusting of snow while beautiful, is deceiving.  The temperature at 9 a.m. in Gloucester MA was only 4º!  Todays  weather forecast predicts a high of 18º.

‘Polar Vortex.’  The National Weather service describes this as “a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter.”

The Bright Side. I actually feel lucky, considering what parts of the midwest are enduring  – dangerously cold temperatures of subzero, up to 40º below with the wind chill factor in some areas. Many businesses and schools are closed. At 40º, exposed skin can suffer frost bite within 5 minutes of exposure.

Check on Elderly Family and Neighbors. Being outside or even in a cold house can lead to hypothermia, a body temperature of 95°F or lower. Hypothermia can cause many health problems, such as a heart attack, kidney problems, liver disease or even death. Cold weather extremes are especially detrimental for children, the elderly and anyone with cardiac and pulmonary disease. If you have underlying health issues, talk to your doctor about winter safety. Here are steps to lower your chance of getting hypothermia from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” — Mark Twain

My Weather Prediction – More snow to come. 🙂 Fortunately, last night’s squall only brought a dusting of snow on Cape Ann, but winter is not over yet. Here are some safety tips for shoveling and safe snow blowing for the next snow storm. Call a snow plowing company now to schedule their service. By the time a snow storm arrives, they might be fully booked! 

Do you have a favorite snow plow company? Let GMG know. 

Safety Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help keep you safe in these extreme weather conditions.

Traveling in Winter. Today is a good day to stay indoors, relax and enjoy a cup of hot tea, but If you do have to get out in the cold or travel, here are some Tips for Traveling in Cold Weather. 

During Extreme Weather. If possible stay indoors and enjoy a cup of tea, otherwise follow the safety guidelines from the CDC, NIH and your physician.

The Good NewsSpring is only 48 days away! 


~ Karen Pischke

Sources and More Information:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Safety Council
  • National Weather Service
  • Weather Underground

 

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate, advocate for, and empower you in your healthcare goals. Providing evidence-based integrative healthcare services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving overall health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

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NOW Available – Dreamtime Wellness™ Photography and PhotoArt Cards

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Photography and PhotoArt Cards NOW Available for Purchase from Dreamtime Wellness™ – for Inspiration, Meditation and Optimal Well-being. 

Research shows the importance of visual and expressive arts to promote healing, and is the reason behind our new line of Photography and PhotoArt Cards. Some of our photos will be on display at Mass General Boston Illuminations Summer Art Rotation. Stop by the ‘Opening Night’ Tomorrow! Tuesday. June 19th.

Join Us Tomorrow Night for the Opening Night of IlluminationsMass General Hospital (MGH), Boston, MA. 55 Fruit Street. 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Yawkey Mezzanine 2. Parking is free with validation. Light snacks will be served.

Cape Ann ‘represents’ at MGH Illuminations – Gloucester’s Skip Montello also has his photography featured in Illuminations at MGH North in Danvers, MA. Then some of Skip’s photography will be at MGH Boston in January. GMG blogger Donna Ardizzoni’s photography was featured recently. David Piemonte and other artist from Cape Ann have been featured in the past. Hope to see you there! 

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Somerville Mosaic Art Exhibition through April 7th

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Somerville Mosaic Art Exhibition 2018 – I recently went to Somerville Museum to see my friend Angel’s artwork at this exhibit. There, I came upon these beautiful mosaics created by two Artists from Cape Ann – Pamela Stratton and Mary Bowles. Both had a number of pieces there. If you haven’t been to this exhibit, I highly recommend it! 

 

Visual Art and Health – Medical professionals have increasingly recognized the role that creative arts play in the healing process. Arts in medicine programs are emerging worldwide. The Mass General Hospital’s (MGH) Illuminations program is an example of this.

MGH Illuminations – Good Morning Gloucester blogger and Photographer Donna Ardizonni currently has her photography on display at MGH Boston. During the June 2018 – September 2018 MGH Illuminations Rotation, my Annisquam Delight and others photos will be on display. Years ago, I attended an Illuminations Rotating Art Exhibition Opening. A very moving experience; one of my patients was a featured artist.  Art meant so much to her and brought a great deal of peace and she was the epitome of resiliency and HOPE. 

Photo © Karen Pischke. Annisquam Delight. Gloucester MA

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“Big Tobacco Finally Tells the Truth”

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

NBC News Report Today – 

  • Smoking kills 1200 people a day.
  • Tobacco companies worked to make cigarettes as addictive as possible.
  • No there no such thing as a safer cigarette.

Big Tobacco “fought for 11 years to delay the truth.” (nbc news.)

Smoking and Nicotine Addiction – Nicotine Addiction is a serious addiction that often requires a combination of treatments (cognitive behavioral therapy, tobacco treatment counseling and medication) to successfully stop smoking and decrease the risks of the harmful effects caused by smoking.

Get Help. Talk to Your Doctor.

Motivation to Stop Smoking: ‘Top 10 Reasons’ to Stop Smoking – (heard from my clients.)

  • My health
  • Health of a loved one
  • More quality time with family/ children/ grandchildren
  • Have more energy
  • Better able to exercise
  • Save money
  • Feel better
  • Breathe easier
  • Sex life will improve
  • Help prevent cancer
  • Help prevent heart disease
  • Easier to walk up stairs
  • Get rid of that nagging cough
  • Get rid of the social stigma
  • Hair, skin and breath will smell better
  • Food will taste better
  • Car will smell better
  • Traveling on planes will be easier
  • I can attend events without have to leave
  • Regain control over your life
  • Enjoy a sense of pride …

What Are Your ‘Reasons to Stop?’ One of these listed above? Or something else? Share your ‘reasons to stop’ with Good Morning Gloucester Friends of Blog (FOB) and help motivate others! 

Already stopped?? Congratulations!!!

Let Good Morning Gloucester Followers Know – What Was ‘Most Helpful’ for Your Success?

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NEW – GloucesterTEASE™ t-shirts NOW at Gloucester Charter Connection

Looking for Summer Souvenirs? Think GloucesterTEASE™ t-shirts

Gloucester Line of GloucesterTEASE™ T-Shirts Now available at the Gloucester Charter Connection! Thank you Captain Johnny and Julie!!

NEW – ‘Thank Cod for Little Fishermen’ youth tee-shirts NOW AVAILABLE in Ash Grey AND ‘Thinking of Home’ Azalea Pink with Gloucester High School Fishermen Maroon Lettering. Whether home in Gloucester or far away, here’s the perfect gift to remind you of Gloucester. 

Gloucester and Cape Ann are the perfect place for Summer ‘R & R.’ With tourists drawn to the unspoiled beauty, snowbirds and displaced residents returning home, Gloucester’s population of nearly 30,000 soars in the summer months. Why Come to Gloucester …?

‘Just for the Halibut!’  😉  and more importantly …  for the FUN of it!!

Gifts from GloucesterTEASE™ – a Gloucester-line of high quality, custom t-shirts representing the City of Gloucester and other apparel for humans and pets offering messages of health, peace, love and optimism.

Great Souvenirs for visitors, current residents, and former Cape Ann residents ‘returning home’ for the summer. (A % of net profits offered to charities that support ventures promoting health, peace and animal wellbeing.)

Shirts Available on-line and in these local storesGloucester Charter Connection (76 Essex Avenue) and Willow Rest (1 Holly Street.) ‘Paws for Love’ and Paws for Peace’ Pet Bandanas also available on-line or contact GloucesterTEASE™ via email.

Can’t find your size or color? Contact us to Pre-order: gloucestertease@gmail.com.

“A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy.” -Yanni

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Summer Kick-off Sale at Saltwater Massage Studio

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Stop by and see our newly expanded studio!  We are open 7 days a week, with drop in hours daily 10 – 6 (and until 4 on the weekends).  Late and early appointments available.

Our team of highly skilled massage therapists are dedicated to providing the highest quality therapeutic massage available.  Whether you are seeking relief from pain or simply to destress, just stepping inside the studio will start you in the right direction!

For more info, pictures of the studio, rates, and our story, check out our website:  saltwatermassage.com

To take advantage of our summer sale while it lasts, click here!

65 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

(978)390-7600