Karen Grabowski
See her work at Gypsy Song ArtWorks

Literary Arts

Read and write your way to better health....

Books, Poetry, Journals


Messages from the Archetypes: Using Tarot for Healing and Spiritual Growth
Toni Gilbert, RN, MA, HN-BC Holistic Nurse & Transpersonal Counselor

Transpersonal healing arts enhance wellness and prevent illness. They complement traditional medicine treatment of disease and injury by adding a holistic psychological and spiritual component.

Since the mind can affect the systems of the body (such as immune system), the use of psychology to facilitate a change in the systems is reasonable. The following are some conditions that respond to transpersonal healing arts and mind body medicine:

Preparation for and recovery from surgery, life threatening illness (e.g. cancer), autoimmune diseases, recovery from injury, phobias, stress and pain management, mild depression, and life issues.

www.tonigilbert.com; Alternative Journal of Nursing www.altjn.com


The Muse Letter (Online Newsletter)
Jill Badonsky

A monthly dose of tools that liberate creativity, prompts that make starting easy, events to satisfy your creative jones, and, of course, profound, off-beat occasionall poetic musings from the Muse Letter Staff. Subscribe at www.themuseisin.com/newsletter.html


Creative Healing: How to Heal Yourself by Tapping Your Hidden Creativity
Michael Samuels M.D. & Mary Rockwood Lane R.N., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Samuels is a true pioneer in the field of arts and healing, working in the field for over twenty five years. He founded Art as a Healing Force, and has authored over fifteen books, including "Well Body Book". Mary Rockwood Lane co-founded Shands Arts in Medicine program at the University of Florida. She currently teaches Art, Health & Spirituality at the UF College of Nursing. and will be co-teaching with Jean Watson this summer in Boulder, Colorado.



The Harmony of Health
Don Campbell

Don Campbell's forthcoming book (and included CD) is an easy to use guide to using the power of music to relax and renew. Includes five excercises combining the music on the CD and images included in the book. Available this Summer...



Writing for the Health of It: A Writing Pad with Ideas for Getting Started
Gail K. Ellison, Ph.D.

This is an 8.5 x 11-inch pad with writing suggestions for patients and families who are coping with illness and for busy caregivers who wish to develop their own reflective practice. Spiral-bound along the top edge, the book is designed for writing in bed. Shrink-wrapped with a ballpoint pen, Writing for the Health of It makes an ideal gift. Gail K. Ellison, PhD, Writer in Residence in the Shands Arts in Medicine program and adjunct faculty in the UF College of Fine Arts, teaches the Reflective Writing Elective in the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Ellison has drawn on her experience to create a series of books and materials related to reflective writing in healthcare settings.



Where Do All the Young Ones Go To?
Poetry by John Graham-Pole, M.D., and Music by Cathy DeWitt

A collection of poetry about children and illness, written by nationally renowned author and Pediatric Professor, John Graham-Pole, with original piano accompaniment. "We have tried to capture what they have to teach not only their families and caregivers, but all of us," Graham-Pole says. "It's our homage to their courage, creativity and inspiration."



Modern Research Finds Art has Impact on Health!

Art-making reduces anxiety in patients with cancer and blood diseases.

Music raises pain thresholds and reduces postoperative pain medications.

Creative writing reduces anxiety, depression, and doctor visits.

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