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The Walking Gallery Center for Arts and Healing

When I was a young girl I struggled to read.  In fourth grade I had a teacher that helped me beyond measure.  She taught me how to read well.  She cast me in the play Oklahoma.  She encouraged me to write and draw.  By 5thgrade I was reading chapter books all by myself.   My favorite books were all of the Little House books, A Little Princess, Pollyanna and Heidi. The pint-sized heroines inspired me with their ability to overcome adversity.  I loved the idea of imagining and then creating a beautiful world within a cold dark attic.  I could envision a rainbow of color hidden in chandelier glass and play the game of always thinking of something to be glad about.  I could understand the allure of returning to healthy mountain air over the coal dust vapors of a Victorian city. I have never forgotten these lessons of my youth. …

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#Cinderblocks2: The Partnership with Patients Continues

In September of 2012 we had our first gathering of  #Cinderblocks or The Partnership with Patients summit in Kansas City, Missouri.  There were about 70 in attendance and everyone left filled with the passion that changes hearts and minds.  Sarah Barr wrote about the event for Kaiser Health News. In the two years since, people has asked repeatedly about when do we plan to meet again.  Well, I tell you the time has come to spread the word of our next gathering. #Cinderblocks2: The Partnership with Patients Continues will be held June 4-6, 2015 in Grantsville, MD.   This conference will be held in the scenic beauty of the mountains of Western Maryland.  This will be a destination event and the spirit of the conference will be sort of like Burning Man meets healthcare. Now some of you may not remember why I use the hashtag #Cinderblocks, so I thought a…