Well my friends,

The sluggish summer days are about to slow down to a full stop as I depart for vacation.

No, no, please don’t cry.  Really. Don’t make this harder than it is. I will be back.

In the meantime, I found a very entertaining blog that you might want to check out (but don’t get too committed – I need you to come back). The blog is called  and it had me laughing.

I will leave you with one other little gem. I just rediscovered a yiddish saying that my grandma taught me. She was very sophisticated, but would throw in a smattering of yiddish from time to time.

The saying is this: ”Hak mir nisht ein tshaynik”

Which, as I understand it, translates to mean, “Don’t knock my tea kettle.”

Isn’t that a wonderfully satisfying expression to have in your back pocket? Just think, the next time someone tells you that you caused your own cancer because of your unresolved anger issues you can just reply, “Hak mir nisht ein tshaynik.”

Until the next time,



Ultra Sounds Monday, July 9, 2012

Hello everyone,

My apologies for the quietness of the blog these days. It’s these sluggish summer days. You could peel me off the couch when it’s as hot as it has been lately in Southern Ontario. Once the cooler weather arrives, I will be back in full swing.

Today’s submission comes from Kelly Thorarinson,a lovely woman I met at an Art for Cancer Workshop. I love the colours and texture of this painting as well as the title and what it represents. Do check out Kelly’s other work and her blog.

In her own words:

Re: Resolving the Screening dilemma

I worked on this piece through Art for Cancer Foundation’s 5 week workshop.  I call it resolving the screening dilemma as that is actually part of a typewritten piece that is visible under all the colour and texture…. a newspaper clipping. That is how I first decided to name this piece, but really there is so much more.  Those words resonate with me because there is complexity to cancer treatment.  Even as a stage 1 breast cancer patient where treatment is fairly straightforward, there are still many questions.  One, of which, is about screening as the very screening methods and treatment for breast cancer can also cause cancer.  Sure is a dilemma.  The other aspect of the title is that in doing art I was able to solve the dilemmas of cancer by giving them a voice and hours of escape through art. More of my art can be found at and I write a blog at



The Screening Dilemma

by Kelly Thorarinson

Ultra Sounds Mondays, July 2, 2012

It’s a lazy long weekend here.  I hope you are enjoying your Monday.

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Susan Chase who has submitted excerpts from her theatre movement piece called Susan’s Undoing.

In her own words:

Susan Chase is a unique artist; a ballerina-turned-actress who has used her performance skills to inspire others to tell their own stories. After 10 years as a drama therapist in a juvenile psychiatric hospital, Chase was challenged to put her theories to the test when she herself was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her response to the ordeal was to create a movement theater piece, Susan’s Undoing, which she has performed for general audiences, cancer support organizations, and hospitals. Susan’s Undoing has received wide acclaim from theater critics, cancer patients and medical professionals. 

A nationally recognized actress, playwright and arts therapist, Chase has written numerous plays and articles, dealing with arts therapy approaches for diverse populations, including individuals with a variety of physical and cognitive challenges, as well as at-risk and incarcerated youth.

For more information about Susan Chase and her work in arts therapy and health/wellness, and to book or see a live performance of Susan’s Undoing, visit

or visit Susan’s Undoing on Facebook.