Aloof Gray, or How to Stay

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Aloof Gray, or How to Stay

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From Amy Tingle's collage series, "Strange Diary."
Print is 11"x14" unframed.

Join me in celebrating my birthday this year by entering this giveaway. I’m not big on celebrating at this age, but for my 48th spin around the sun I’d like to do something special for others. I am a wealthy woman in so many ways. I have a growing small business, two amazing teenage sons who keep me on my toes, a wife who loves me and who is a partner in every sense of the word, good friends, and I’m surrounded by a strong compassionate community. I don’t need anything tangible. Instead, I’d like to ask my followers, friends, and family to help me celebrate this year by making donations to two organizations that I am deeply moved to help. The Tyler Clementi Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to anti-bullying at school, home, work and church and To Write Love On Her Arms. aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.

You may want to know why I chose these two specific organizations when there are so many in need right now. Not long ago, I was deeply depressed. I was struggling with my sexuality and terrified to take action, crippled by the fear of what it would do to my family. I isolated myself and swirled in a sea of destructive thoughts. The George Washington Bridge, on many days, felt like a beacon in a totally disastrous way. But luckily for me, there was another glimmer. I took steps in a healthier direction and I got help. I had the privilege of a support system that carried me there and the financial means to do so. I know for so many others, this is not true or possible. I know many others are mired in substance abuse, cycles of physical abuse or chronic pain, unrelenting circumstances like poverty, clinical depression and isolation. They are floundering without any means of support. I know other people, even if they have the means, aren’t able to see the glimmer of light I could always see. My depression was situational, so although it was very dim, I could still see a tiny crack in the darkness that blanketed me.

Last year I went to hear Jane Clementi speak. She told the story of her son being bullied and driven to a darkness he could not see his way out of, and his leap from the George Washington Bridge that ended his young life. The next day I was inspired to create “Aloof Gray, or How to Stay.”

So please celebrate with me. Anyone who donates to either of these organizations before 11:59 PM on February 3 will be entered into a drawing for my original collage. I have set up two donation buttons below. For every $10 you donate you will receive one chance to win the collage ($10 + 1 chance, $20 = 2, etc.) On February 4th I will enter every one of these chances into a raffle and choose one winner AND, more importantly, that day I will send 100% of the proceeds from your donations to both The Tyler Clementi Foundation and TWLOHA. **If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation directly to the organization, simply shoot me a message telling me you have done so with the amount so I can record your name and the number of chances. Here are their individual links:

https://twloha.com/donate/

http://tylerclementi.org/donate/

My birthday is a significant number this year - 48. The number 4 brings the qualities of realistic values, truth and honesty, determination to build strong foundations for the self and others. And the number 8 (my favorite number) reverberates learning through experience, inner-strength and wisdom, self-reliance and Karma – the Universal Spiritual Law of Cause and Effect, giving and receiving. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the gift of my 48 years of life.

Thank you for helping me help others.

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