Living with HIV

Waxing Nostalgic

published: June, 24, 2010 Categories // Living with HIV

Being on vacation this last week has been something I apparently needed more than I knew. I know that most people, and I will include myself here, see vacations as indulgent

Being on vacation this last week has been something I apparently needed more than I knew. I know that most people, and I will include myself here, see vacations as indulgent -- and for some, they seem downright unnecessary. Admittedly, I always feel a little guilty jetting off to some exotic locale to do little more than eat, drink, and lie on the beach -- but this time seems to have brought a revelation, albeit an unintended one to say the least. In one sense, it is an incredibly simple obser

The Shackles of HIV Infection...fact or fiction...???

published: August, 06, 2010 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life.

Of late, I have been struggling (no grappling) with the extent of control I have over my life. As I noted in an earlier post, my of this reflection has been the result of some major changes in my life. And, I admit, my default mode has been to look to my HIV status as some means to account for -- if not find solace in -- my feelings of powerlessness. After all, I am no longer twenty-five, I am no longer new to world of employment and I'm certainly not as well-established as I might have expect

Out of the Grey

published: June, 04, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Drizzle and Fog. It’s inevitable if you live near the ocean. This is my reality living in St.John’s, Newfoundland.

Drizzle and Fog. It’s inevitable if you live near the ocean. This is my reality living in St.John’s, Newfoundland. When the fog bank rolls in, you can expect it to sit on your head and fill your mind with images that linger in a monochromatic haze. Kind of like the day when I was first diagnosed HIV Positive. The days following that news were heavy and grey. Before long, it became apparent that the forecast had to change on the horizon. Would the sun break through the humdrums? Here and no

Shoreline Excursion

published: June, 10, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

I wanted to share an image that in painted in 2006

Mixing It Up: A Life Art Lesson

published: June, 22, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Some colors you can’t mix. They have to be bought….primary red, yellow and blue. Other secondary colors are created when you mix the primaries in different combinations…

Some colors you can’t mix. They have to be bought….primary red, yellow and blue. Other secondary colors are created when you mix the primaries in different combinations… you get green, orange and purple. Now take a primary and mix it with a secondary and out come beautiful hues of red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, red-violet, blue violet and blue green. Therein lies the mystery of color…you have to start with something to create something new. Life is a mix…we all start

I See Red

published: June, 17, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Close your eyes and picture the color RED. Really, try it for one sec. You may have pictured apple red, or cherry red or Coca-Cola red.

Close your eyes and picture the color RED. Really, try it for one sec. You may have pictured apple red, or cherry red or Coca-Cola red. Now, if a room full of people were to do this exercise, the perceptions of red would be endless. Now, another test… think HIV. I know you get where this exercise is going. Individual perceptions about the HIV experience vary like the shades and tints of red. You can be cool magenta in your thoughts, almost complacent, or you can be warm (blood red), seeing t

Have HIV…Will Travel.

published: June, 29, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

If I had known that working at an AIDS Service Organization would have brought travel and education opportunities...

If I had known that working at an AIDS Service Organization would have brought travel and education opportunities, I would have signed up way before I became Positive. Not sign up for the disease (what would I be thinking!), but definitely get involved in some capacity at an ASO. As a former volunteer and now a front-line worker, I’ve been challenged, stretched, stifled, energized, defeated, stimulated, angry, satisfied, exhausted and rewarded.

A Need to Laugh

published: July, 07, 2010 Categories // Art, Living with HIV

Pure joy is a precious commodity. Happiness, in contrast, is attainable but can be fleeting.

Pure joy is a precious commodity. Happiness, in contrast, is attainable but can be fleeting. I was recently thinking that as I get older, there are fewer opportunities to have a rip roaring good time. I’m capable of diving in if the opportunity arises but opportunities are random and even rare…especially working in the field of HIV prevention, education and support. I recently met Brian, owner of positivelite.com and realized that his interesting wacky way to look at the world (with smar

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