July 06, 2020
Would we ever want to go back to the way things were before Covid 19?
That's the question I, and so many other friends are asking. The pandemic is reshuffling life if many unexpected ways. No doubt this virus has caused so much loss of jobs and human life. Having a loved one die without any family contact is distressing and beyond what we could ever imagine. As we listen to the news from friends and learn of so much loss and pain our hearts break. Sympathy goes out to those who have lost so much. But, we are are also witnessing some rather profound positives.
Families are spending time together. Old friends that you had not talked to are now zoom buddies for evening cocktail connections. The hype and razzle of celebrities has faded and the true heros are being recognized. Our front line workers such as garbage men, janitors, grocery workers, and health workers are now being appreciated.
The environment has rebounded without all the pollution and blue skies have returned to places that several months ago this was only a utopian dream.
We are learning that we probably don't need all the junk we buy on a whim that fills the garage and so many storage facilities. We are also learning that we are all in this together.
The forced early opening of states is not translating into everyone saying yes and to ignoring science. Many businesses owners and citizens are staying home/closed and are continuing with social isolation despite the politicians decrees. We are a long way from being over this crisis.
Much has changed in this pandemic. It's time we cherish the unparalleled access to the most important things in our lives, family and friends.
Al Heilman MD
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May 03, 2020
We too are treasuring time at home and with family and friends. For family, we talk on the phone or FaceTime. But what I hope will continue for years to come are our neighborhood driveway visits. We gather 2-3 times a week for about an hour in the evening. Our sharing and remembering has nurtured an invaluable bond. We are an active 55 community living in our own homes. Most of us are retired so do not have the responsibilities of work or home schooling. Having said that, we pray for the world and share our resources in ways to help others. We treasure one another. Thank you for your words of wisdom! 🤗🙏
July 06, 2020
July 06, 2020
I am an artist who practiced spine surgery for many years. The serenity of nature inspires me, and I seek to express a healing presence and tranquility in my art. My work communicates a feeling of peace, harmony and a profound respect for nature and humanity. I use of color, and light to create a visceral response.
I also use my artistic voice to explore the social issues we face as humans and as a society. My works relate to the recognition and acceptance of the many wounds that have been present in our society for far too long. We all need to work together so that we all have equal access to the law, education and healthcare no matter what our race or color.
Defined by time and skill, my artistic practice demands intense patience and attention to detail. The magical pieces in glass and enamel, glow with fabulous color and depth, indicating a lengthy and intricate process, not evident by the casual viewer. When enameling, utilizing a metal substrate of gold, silver, or copper provides a foundation for the piece. Once fabricated, I apply enamel powders to the metal, then fire them at around 1300 to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperatures allow the enamel to melt until it is smooth. After they cool, I finish the pieces using diamond wet saws and flat grinders in the cold working process.
Producing my glass vessels requires the use of glass sheets, as well as, glass powders therefore, the glass provides both, the support for the piece and the decorative color. Fusing these materials can take from 24 hours up to 5 days. Some pieces demand many different fusing/cold-working steps. The more colors or different types of glass used in the piece; the more steps involved in creating the final product. My work can be very complex depending on the different colors, textures and glass powders used. I try to make this extremely laborious processes appear seamless in the end.
My journey to the world of art came late in my life, in fact, I always believed that healing was my natural calling. When I was younger, I went to pharmacy school, then, to medical school where I learned to hone my healing abilities. This led to a twenty-five-year career as an orthopedic spine surgeon where I helped many people with broken and injured spines, stand up straight and regain function.
But, like the body with a bad back, life never follows a straight line. After a strenuous medical issue of my own, I found myself challenged to develop a new paradigm for life. I chose art as my new vehicle for my emotional and spiritual healing practice. Now my true passion, on my best days, it provides nirvana, peace and ecstasy. On bad days, a meditative internal mind therapy. Problems and roadblocks stimulate my creativity as I explore color, form, texture and light. I now have a new mechanism for healing through art. Not only have I healed my own body and soul, but hopefully, inspire the healing power in others through my art.