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A poem about her triumph over adversity from a reader: I could write to you about a grown up run away child that really … Loved to love- Got beat up by a man that I loved That was 2009 […]

Sometimes, like Ray Charles I find myself feeling that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” I think a lot of us feel that way. In a discussion with a friend earlier today, a […]

Works by schizophrenic artists Adolfi Wolfli (left) and Arthur Bispo do Rosario (right) Part III: Art and ‘Madness’ Schizophrenic art Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Toward the end of the 19th century, the Romantic preoccupation with the idea that genius […]

Yayoi Kusama – Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Taken by Terence Ong in September 2006. Part II: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder I only know that summer sang in me a […]

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer Part I: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder As both an artist and a therapist, I tend to attract, as clients, people who identify themselves as artists, either professionally or as an avocation. This […]

Stone Wall X, Jamaica Plain MA Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Making mandalas, which I began to do in 2001 shortly after I acquired my first digital camera, was one of the main ways I was able to integrate the […]

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I began the Flower Mandalas project, I was dimly aware that I had been influenced by the work of Harold Feinstein, with whom I had briefly studied. And I eventually […]

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Growing up, I was a kid scientist, apprehending my part of the cosmos through experiments first with magnets and electricity, soon thereafter with chemistry,  and by high school with electronics and […]

I began this blog several years ago as a medium for exploring the intersections between creativity and transformation. Over time, as I became increasingly involved in synthesizing writing, photography, and transformation in my own life, this blog became a venue […]

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Presence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Presence: Now, be, here Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I was 20 when I first […]

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