Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

Make the Impossible Possible: The Heart Opening Work of Bill Strickland

I had the privilege, the honor, and the experience of hearing Bill Strickland talk. If you don’t know about Bill, finding out about him just might change your life. He’s on a mission to save our country from the cancer of poverty. His solution? Heal the cancer with beauty and opportunity. He’s created environments of opportunities that are beautiful — architecturally, adorned with art made by students, and orchids grown by inner city moms. These environments are sanctuaries of peace, productivity, and promise.

He is one man making a difference. His talk moved me to tears; a triumph of human spirit, persistence, and ingenuity. Born and raised in inner city Pittsburgh, Bill found salvation from a life on the streets and eventual prison through art — ceramics specifically. Over the span of his career he has helped countless inner city families restore dignity, productivity, and a horizon of possibility into their lives.


This has been accomplished through art and education. Bill’s work reminds us that aesthetics are not window dressing in our lives — art is integral, beauty is integral, our environment is integral. He emphasized there is nothing wrong with kids, only problems in their environments. Put these kids in the right environment and they thrive.

Visit the website for the Manchester Bidwell Corporation here and get involved.

Read his book, Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Create the Extraordinary.

Bill is featured in the forthcoming documentary, Waiting for Superman, watch the trailer here:

YouTube Preview Image


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kitty Hegemann

    You might consider reading these two books by Piero Ferrucci: “Beauty and the Soul” and “The Power of Kindness.”

Previous Posts

Meditating on Resistance
Earlier this season, just about the time when kids went back to school, I started noticing something. Roxy, a dog in my neighborhood would ...

posted 12:24:08pm Nov. 02, 2015 | read full post »

How to Live Well with Chronic Illness and Pain
I wrote a prepublication endorsement for Toni Bernhard’s latest book: How to Live Well With Chronic Illness and Pain:  As a psychotherapist treating chronic pain, I wish this book had been written years ago. This is an invaluable guide for ...

posted 11:38:57am Oct. 14, 2015 | read full post »

S is for Sangha
Mindfulness A to Z official release is here! Here is an excerpt from "S is for Sangha" The sangha is the community of people who follow the teachings of the Buddha, or more generically, anyone who engages in mindfulness meditation. When ...

posted 10:31:30am Sep. 22, 2015 | read full post »

E is for Effort
Mindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow! Here is an excerpt from "E is for Effort" We may need to encourage ourselves gently in the direction of practice. Challenges arise. Daily life is complicated and busy; it may seem like we ...

posted 3:25:12pm Sep. 21, 2015 | read full post »

S is for Self
Mindfulness A to Z official release is tomorrow! Here is an excerpt from "S is for Self" Who are you? Emily Dickinson would reply: I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Most of us would naturally reply, “I am me.” More ...

posted 10:28:58am Sep. 21, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.