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The Business of Self

As I heal from an epic fall-turned-surgery, I am learning more about my real self than ever before. I partially blame all the scans I’m getting for this. The other reason I am learning is because of my career as a writer and researcher. Getting referrals for the very specific care that my medical case requires, would be more exhausting if I didn’t have a desire to heal. Being on the mend requires that I keep a certain quality and amount of energy in my body. The right kind of energy can act like a key, further unlocking my body’s healing potential. And I, need ALL of the physical healing that I can get. Being into holistic medicine is something I live in my daily life. Some people call me a Hippie. But I am like a next gen Hippie. A Happie. Haha In the midst of my journey through healing from jaw surgery and three break sites, you might be happy to know that I’m taking it easy. I am doing first for myself, and then for others. Being “sick” or in my case recovering from surgery while healing from broken bones, is perfect cause for slowing down. Despite any mental energy that I have, my body always seems to take control. When I’m tired, I rest. Sometimes for 10 hours. When I am hungry, I take all the time and care and “Happie space” in the world for eating. My relationship with food has changed for the time being. Liquid everything. Rule #1: I must enjoy the meals that I am ingesting, which also have to align with both my tastes, and medical/healing needs. Recently, I sat in my surgeon’s office. He is in Mesa AZ and is a DDS. A surgeon-dentist. He is well respected because “he is thorough” (from what I was told by a doctor/resident who was at my surgery assisting my surgeon). So, I was sitting in the nice padded chair, and was glad to see sunlight from behind a nice cool glass, with a little bit of leaves and bushes to appreciate in my front view. A moment later I was being “un-wired” with the potential that I’d graduate to the next step of my care program. The next steps are to take off the wires permanently, and install rubber bands. But, no luck. Photo Reaction Re-Cap: Look up, L to Right, you can see snapshots of me before getting unwired; next, you can see the metal currently in my mouth. Yes my mouth is wired shut using actual wire. Third, after being unwired, I am open-mouthed for 45 minutes. That time was spent productively, as I was trying to open and close my mouth on a jaw that is sort of “brand new” to me. (Unknown how I was going to feel UN-wired, I expected soreness.) I found that the muscles in my tongue are not exactly strong right now. Those weakened/currently unused muscles in my jaw/face feel like they are tied directly to the jaw-break site on the same side of my face. WOW what an intense reality being un-wired was. As I was being wired again, I cried, but that’s healthy. I did feel a bit devastated to be wired, again. But, another appointment was set for 2-weeks. After the appointment I realize that I am not a quitter. I already have a plan in process to accelerate the healing process of my bones and tissues. I’ll talk about my Next Level Healing below. That same day, but at night, I switched gears and readied myself emotionally for the launch of the Jack Stuler Foundation non-profit organization launch project that I’ve been co-spearheading since last June. My client and partner, Sabina Kelly-Allen is Jack Stuler’s daughter, and the Director of the organization. Along with Marilyn Hayes and Neil Miller, the Phoenix Art Museum classroom was a perfect backdrop for our very first event. I’ll write about this soon, and have some fun pictures and WAY COOL NEWS FOR ARTISTS IN AZ. The image you see above is lights dimmed inside the presentation. I’m standing at the back of the classroom, and there are about 35 people in attendance for this InFocus-sponsored lecture.

Just before that evening’s event though…

I had received favorable news from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. My “Pin and Eye” (“two little guys”) photography is going to be placed on-exhibit inside the Museum! I will post more about this soon. Such a cool opportunity, and I am grateful to have had the inspiration to create a specialty visual presentation and written proposal to them. This is my first art submission! Home Run!

The Current Chapter Is The Next Level Of My Healing

Where am I at now? You know, the next day after the JSF launch event, which was yesterday. That was also a big day for me. I went to visit a specialist and 42-year veteran in the holistic dentistry realm. His name is Dr. Nicholas J. Meyer. There is an injection therapy called PRP that Dr. Meyer performed. My fear of needles is lessening, the more I encounter them. Needles aside, I’ll soon write about my unique day at his office in the Scottsdale area. Fascinating avenues for healing exist for my particular situation and case. My care has to be very specialized at this point, or my health could decline quickly. I refuse to decline in my health, because I like healing as a lifestyle normally, anyway. More on this holistic dentistry adventure coming soon to this blog.

April 12 Jack Stuler Foundation Inaugural Event

Once upon a time in 2016,

I used to live in the Coronado Neighborhood in Central Phoenix. It was an overall uplifting experience, especially because I was located “close enough” to all of my favorite Art events, restaurants, and local Arts culture. When I approached him last June, I did not know that some of the coolest Art I’ve ever seen would be so close by all along! The reality is that I met Jack as a stranger who owned the houses next door. I was walking past his house for the 100th time — likely on my way to The Coronado Phx cafe — admiring the houses. They were both historic homes which were joined on a single lot by a front gate and a back yard.

I introduced myself,

and he said his name was Jack. No, this is not Sabina’s father Jack Stuler, who this article is about. But this was a different Jack, who was Sabina’s husband. I met Sabina soon after meeting Jack. The day I met him he mentioned her name. He said I should say hi if I saw her outside, so I did one time. All the Jack Stuler Artworks — at that time — was being held at their houses, right there next door to my old apartment. I think I was attracted to the love exuding from these two people and their historic homes. One of their homes is a well-rated airbnb listed property with a restored interior. They live in the other home next door. At that moment in time that we met, I was about to move out of AZ to travel for work.

FACTS about Jack Stuler

  • Award winning even as a snot nosed brat 😉
  • All the Jack Stuler photographs are show pieces that are phenomenal and strange and beautiful to consider
  • He was a BIIIIIIIIIG protector of Nature, and photographic admirer of her beauty
  • A father who took his family out into the wilderness when he worked taking photos
  • 35-year service as a professor at the state university, ASU
  • The first recipient of ASU’s MFA in Photography degree
  • He was the one who started the university’s student artist gallery, with the help of students who desperately needed the space
  • A funny person, who loved women, cool clothes, and was adored by his friends, students, colleagues, and Art fans
  • More and more and more

After a conversation or three with Sabina,

we worked out a deal, so that we could work together without exchanging money. Soon after, I learned that Sabina’s father was famous. She didn’t tell me like that, other people that knew him told me, as I contacted them, and started going through all of Jack Stuler’s records. Famous, but instead Jack Stuler — Sabina’s father — didn’t give two sh*ts about being famous. Yes, even though he won all sorts of local, regional, and national awards. Yes, even though he hung out with all his friends, who like him, were THE mid-century black and white photographers. You know all of their names, including Ansel Adams (who was old enough to be Jack Stuler’s uncle).

There is only one way

for me to describe Sabina’s desire to immortalize her father: PERFECT. I don’t use the word perfect often, when being serious. Most things and experiences have flaws. Except for some reason, all of the success that Sabina has had since last June in organizing a non-profit organization in her father’s name, has felt perfect to be around. What’s more, is that she and I truly enjoy working together. We are seeing big progress be made, as we support and dare each other to be more and more effective, creative, and in joy. Portrait of Jack Stuler

Shown: Jack Stuler (left) as a young man and (right) as an aged gentleman. All Rights Reserved. (c) 2017 Jack Stuler Foundation and www.jackstulerfoundation.org.

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