Orange Moon

"Chipmonk" cheeks
and a shy pretty smile
a bit chubby at 9
loving spirit
intellectually curious
asking oh so many questions
pondering as she sits and
watches the sunrise early
on the back steps
as the sun eases it's way
across the yard...
other times laughting
with those pretty dimples
light shining, not knowing
her brightness like that
orange moon Badu sung about
repelled and hardened
him against his own flesh and blood
prefering only slim earnest and
easy pickings that validate the ego
cause he feels oh so misunderstood
between intoxiction and sweet sobriety
seeking the one instead who absorbs
only his words and his alone
quickly like a sponge so grounded deeply
into subconsciousness
turning off that other's light
justifying motive, existence and self-absorption
singular, never plural
as the undisputed gospel
illusions that hold and eclipses her light
tragically and feverently to this day.

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EPISODE 4:  “Art Therapy Unveiled” Featuring  Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, ACTP Registered Board Certified Art Therapist.

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Mindfully Creative Podcast series!  This fourth episode focuses on art therapy,  and fittingly so since it is the start of Creative Arts Therapy Week!   Gretchen Miller is the featured guest for this topic, a woman who is a creative force online for promoting the field of art therapy and encouraging its use in a variety settings.

Gretchen Miller MA,  ATR-BC, ACTP is a Cleveland, Ohio based Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, Certified Trauma Practitioner, and an Adjunct Professor at Ursuline College’s Counseling and Art Therapy Program. Clinically she works with at-risk children, teens, and adults often impacted by trauma and loss- using art for the intervention and management of traumatic stress., Her online art making community, 6 Degrees of Creativity, unites concepts of social networking, connecting, collaboration, and creativity into an engaged global community of artists spreading creative goodness. She also serves as Community Organizer for the Art Therapy Alliance, a resource embracing social media to promote art therapy and the work of art therapists.

During this conversation we get to the root of what art therapy is (and isn’t), who can benefit, and how to become one yourself!

You can learn more and follow  Gretchen at the following links:



Instagram: @gretchenmiller

Twitter: @gretchen_miller

For information about art therapy and how to find an art therapist:

Art Therapy Alliance:

American Art Therapy Association:

Art Therapy Credentials Board:

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