Encaustic /masa paper boats by Fred Swan  titled: River of Souls

I am an artist, author, father, and a long-time married man who died a few years ago and who, after forty minutes of CPR, came back with changed perceptions about life; how any of us might shred the doubts and fears that can stand in the way of our living creative, and confident lives.

We often ‘make do’ at the edges of our lives when there is so much more to be found within the riches of ourselves and the world around us. With the gift of hours, days, and additional years we have the opportunity to become ever reacquainted with life; life in all its beauty, its sadness, challenges, losses, and gains.

Educationally I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and I studied art and design during my undergraduate years. While my career focused on the field of child welfare – specifically the issues of child abuse and neglect and the treatment of loss and grief issues – I have pursued, over the course of my life, interests as an artist and a writer.

I hope that you will join me as 2nd Tuesday considers, that despite the challenges of our current times, there are lessons and gifts to be found in ordinary days, ways of letting go of beliefs and memories that perhaps still drag us through the clouded dust of yesterday, and ideas to be explored that can lead us to rethink those parts of our stories that may be preventing us from living bountiful and creative lives.

2nd Tuesday – My art and a few of the stories from my everydays.

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My book, Parentheses, A Memoir of my life before, during, and after my death is available on Amazon.

Contact: f.hswan@q.com