Words and Pictures

We’re still snowed in here in Arkansas.  So in the course of catching up on e-mail, I came across a post from Mary Debono on my FELDENKRAIS chat-list the other day.  Mary writes of her work restoring awareness and movement for Chilee the Chihuahua, a little therapy-dog who kept company with people who’d suffered a stroke – until, irony of ironies, he himself suffered one.

The “words” in the title to this post is an homage to Mary’s ability to describe her hands-on work in a way that conveys her thinking and action in remarkably vivid detail.  As a FELDENKRAIS practitioner myself, I could no more recreate any given session in words than I could fly.  Not so for Mary, and she’s really done us a favor. Plus take a look at the “before” and “after” pictures.  Amazing and inspiring.


Now, on our end, if Teresa can mush her way in without getting swallowed-up by Lake Australia, later today we’ll resume our Tellington work with Bugs.  So until then, let me post pictures of the boy and follow up with the nature report.  Bear with me for all this weather stuff.  It’s just been too huge an event not to document it.  Plus Eleanor has encouraged me this time.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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10 Responses to Words and Pictures

  1. Marcy Benham says:

    Lovely post Anita! SO inspiring to read of little Chilee and Mary’s work with him. Feldenkrais really is mysterious and amazing! How happy Chilee’s owner must be, not to mention how happy Mary and Chilee are! Cool stuff!!!

  2. lifewith4cats says:

    The chronicles of the chair. When all is said and done, I expect to see that chair in the sunshine with lots of flowers around it. ahh I’m sorry, its hard for me to write scholarly comments when you have so many cute pictures. I guess I am just a visual girl. But knowing the story behind the pictures makes it more than just a pic. Its bugs!! YAY!!

    • nadbugs says:

      Surrounded by flowers — what a wonderful reminder, Sara, that this really will pass.

      I’m so happy you like the pics. They give me so much joy and it’s just so great to share them with you.

      And I wouldn’t sell yourself short about the scholarly bit. You have quite the way with words yourself. Chronicles of the Chair! Love it.

  3. MelanieJ says:

    Hang in there! Spring will come. I keep telling myself this every time I step outside into the cold. And love the kitty pics! The ones where he is licking his paw are especially sweet.

  4. nadbugs says:

    Melanie, I treasure your encouragement. I cringe at the idea that this is a vanity-exercise and I have so lost perspective where the boy is concerned, I don’t trust my judgment (which was never all that trust-able at the best of times). Your feedback is grand & I appreciate it very much!

  5. Eleanor says:

    That story is absolutely amazing. I imagine that most people think it’s the end when their pet has a stroke. I never knew that there were people out there who do this kind of therapy for animals. It’s a really, really wonderful story.

    And more pictures, yey! Cute cats photos (always a winner!) and more wonderful ‘cold’ images. The ice-wave is fantastic. I really miss the cold weather sometimes. I’m a Yorkshire lass, bred for the cold of England.

  6. nadbugs says:

    Wow, Eleanor, you are a long way from home! And frying in an apartment with the windows closed, thanks to SuperCat — I’m SO glad your great escape turned out so happily, by the way. What a nut, your cat — still, it gives us the opportunity to enjoy your adorable little sketches.

    And I love that the Chilee story was news for you. Really happy about that. It is inspiring, isn’t it. And your comments about photos, coming from you who are so marvelous with them on your own blog . . . . Yes!!! High praise indeed. Thank you!

  7. Yvonne of the North says:

    The before and after pictures of Chilee are amazing as you said.
    Wow, Bugs has grown so much! Great pictures.

    • nadbugs says:

      Yvonne of the North! Isn’t it so, especially given the difficulties we had yesterday with the unplowed streets and parking lot. . . . Great to “see” you here, if not yesterday. And so interesting that you see Bugs’s growth. I’ve known he’s grown, of course, but it’s so fun to see you’ve noticed too. Thank you for stopping by — here and in my life!

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