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children's stories

a glimpse

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One day she re-membered

that she was not of this earth.

That she had traveled here

long ago from someplace else.

 

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She had only seen a glimpse

but that was enough for her

to descend into an unknown place

where she would never be the same.

 

(We are the stuff that dreams are made on…)

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Since her first memory she had known

that she was just a visitor

yet somehow she had

pushed away this thought

into a dark place within herself.

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If only she could find

a trace of this knowing,

she could re-discover

that faraway place

from whence she came…

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But this earth where she lived...

was filled with walls...

with unanswered questions...

with sorrows beyond her reach...

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And so she lifted her hands to the sky

and longed for her return back home…

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As she whispered to the heavens,

"take me back!"

the sky began to shed large oval tears

creating a puddle in which

she suddenly noticed her reflection.

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"Who am I?" she asked the ghost

staring back at her.

When she received no reply,

she shook her head,

shrugged her shoulders and thought,

"It does not matter…"

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"It matters when you see

through your eyes not with them",

she heard a voice say

as her image dissolved.

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Again, she felt small

traces of herself awaken in the heavens.

And then, with a backward glance

she re-membered her

daily responsibilities.

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And with that

she thought and wondered,

"Who am I if I am not

my mother's daughter,

my sister's friend,

my cat's owner,

my beloved's companion?"

 

(I am possessed by the inhabitants and things

of this world for without them I am invisible…)

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And suddenly she realized

that she was no more

a mirror of herself

than she was of everything else.

 

"For each of us our circle of friends

is what we are ourselves"

                                            Goethe

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But her reflections de-sired

a movement away

from the stars

and toward the earth…

so she traveled like a leaf

tumbling down dimly lit

passageways sealed

with the demarcations of time.

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She landed softly 

within herself

as if on a cloud,

still spiraling

from her endless journey.

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Yet her feet touched the earth

and she felt hungry and tired,

ready for her supper

and a good night's rest.

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"The Soul that rises within us

our life's Star

Hath elsewhere its setting,

And cometh from afar:

Not in entire forgetfulness..."

                                                                   Wordsworth

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THE END

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about me

 

 

author

artist

psychotherapist

 

 

 

about me - author

 From the time I was a little girl, I have always had an interest in expressing myself through the written word. Born in the racially divided country, Johannesburg, South Africa to my mother Laraine, an artist and psychiatric social worker and my father “Dr. Mike,” a pilot and pediatric radiologist I was exposed to “the arts” from a very young age.  I grew up embracing both writing and art as a way to best express my deepest thoughts and emotions. 

At age 6 ½, my family emigrated from South Africa to St. Louis, Missouri where my sisters and I struggled to assimilate to our new country. Feeling estranged from my childhood friends and extended family, I felt like an outsider in the United States for many years.  I continued to use “the arts” to communicate my feelings of loneliness and estrangement.

In college, I decided to major in English, where I deepened my love for literature.  After receiving my B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, it was my mother who influenced me to embrace the field of psychology. I went on to receive an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

I am now a licensed psychotherapist, professional writer, speaker and media expert (Bravo, MTV, Fox) specializing in relationship issues.  Some of my television appearances have included appearing as a relationship expert on a national network talk show and as a regular psychotherapist on a television series. My educational and clinical experience is extensive. For over fifteen years I have been assisting individuals in overcoming dysfunctional behaviors which have kept them from flourishing in their lives as well as their relationships.

In my private practice, the Center for Creative Psychology (CCP) (www.creativepsychology.com), my innovative techniques and personalized approach have helped individuals, couples and families re-establish essential connections and transform their difficulties into opportunities for healing.

Throughout my career in psychology, I continued to write stories and dabble in the arts. The more clients I saw in my private practice, the more I recognized the universality of all human beings yearnings and desires. I knew that eventually I would need to translate these yearnings into a creative medium.

During my classes at U.S.C. I laid the groundwork for my novel, writing a memoir entitled Angels in the Snow. In my Ph.D program, I began writing THE FEATHER, which I included in my research-based, artistic dissertation, An Angel and Her Feather; how Fact and Fiction heal and Explore the Archetype of Home. 

I have written many psychological articles for professional magazines (The California Therapist, LA Parent.)  Most of my “Art in Mind” stories were written in my early twenties and for many years they sat in a box in my garage until recently when I finally listened to my sister and pulled them out. You can view many of them on this website. THE FEATHER is my first novel.

I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Jeff, my three beautiful children Jake, Bella and Lily, my chocolate lab Talula and my cats Rocket and Moonie.

  

For more information about THE FEATHER

visit www.feathernovel.com

about me - artist

young Jenny

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been interested in art and writing.  As a child, I could always be found drawing on anything and everything, creating hundreds of magical and fanciful creatures and images.

As I grew up, these enchanting images were combined with words as my journals overflowed with my daily experiences, feelings and never-ending stories. 

After graduating with a B.A. in English where I studied the classics, I was accepted to many prestigious art schools around the country.  While deciding whether or not I wanted to enroll, I worked for an international art company in San Francisco, (Art Group International) helping place world-renowned artists’ work in private homes and hotels around the world. 

Inspired by my mother, who worked in the field of psychology my interest in the human mind grew and I decided to advance in the field of psychology, receiving an M.A. in counseling psychology and a Ph.D. in depth psychology.

While practicing psychology for over fifteen years in various settings, including my private practice, the Center for Creative Psychology, my passion for art and writing grew.  While treating hundreds of clients struggling with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, divorce and eating disorders, I observed that all of her stories and artwork were universal messages.

My simple, child-like characters (He and She) represent the yearnings of all human beings – to find true connection and understanding. Their flat, surface-like appearance mirrors our everyday existence in a mundane, earthly world.

Soul Mate

My more complex versions of He and She depict our journey to the depths, the unconscious, the dream-world where nothing is as it appears and everything is full of marvel, complexity and wonder. 

whimsical art

about me - psychotherapist

I am a licensed psychotherapist, professional writer and media expert (Bravo, MTV, Fox) specializing in relationship issues. Some of my television appearances have included appearing as a relationship expert on a national network talk show and as a regular psychotherapist on a television series.  My educational and clinical experience is extensive. For over fifteen years I have been assisting individuals in overcoming dysfunctional behaviors which have kept them from flourishing in their lives as well as their relationships. 

In my private practice my innovative techniques and personalized approach have helped individuals, couples and families reestablish essential connections and transform their difficulties into opportunities for healing. 

My articles have been featured in magazines such as The California Therapist and LA Parent and I have frequently lectured around Orange County and Los Angeles on relationship issues. 

I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband Jeff, my three children Jake, Bella and Lily, my chocolate lab Talula and my cats Rocket and Moonie.

 

For more information about Dr. Jenni visit CreativePsychology.com

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