the Surviving Spirit Newsletter, June, 2009

June 24, 2009

forwarded to you from Lady Jz Talk Zone and Mike Skinner

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter June 22,2009

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

     -Kahlil Gibran

Hi Folks,

Welcome to this month’s edition of The Surviving Spirit – once again I hope by the sharing of these resources and information, that it helps you in your own endeavors and struggles…what ever they may be.

A few words on myself and then news to share of some folks doing some wonderful things via their writing, music, advocacy, and education.

Here’s a great event going on this weekend in Rhode Island. I’ll be presenting a creative workshop and hosting the “Open Mic” event as well. The title to the retreat says it all…I hope to see you there, always a lot of healing and fun!!!

Vital Cycles 3rd Retreat June 26-28, 2009

Triumphs Over Trauma

Leaving the Past, Living the Present

J For all those seeking to heal the emotional effects of traumas and those who support them.

J For more information email us at

Last month I shared with you the website link for Anchor Magazine – Conquering Depression [ ] and the article about me – “Breaking Through – Striking a chord”. Well via this attachment, I can share the article with you.

1] Please visit Dorothy Kay’s site….some hopeful and poignant sharing and once again showing the power of the human spirit in overcoming adversity

One Step at a time … Improvement vs. Recovery

Further recovery is always possible for brain injury survivors.  With perseverance, determination, and above all hope miracles are possible.

2] My good friend Terri Lee has her song “Does Anybody Care” featured on Poverty and Hunger – Working to Fight World Hunger

Please visit her website to hear more of her great songs at – I plan to learn one of her songs [posted at her site], “Life Goes On” to use in my presentations.

3] While still in the musical vein, my friend Cici Porter let me know she has a new website. Cici is another great songwriter and singer who uses her music to not only entertain, but helps create awareness and understanding for those affected by childhood sexual abuse. I shared with Cici several years ago of a dream of her and I performing in Washington, DC some day when there is a Million Survivor March….someday it will happen.

4] Recently I was looking for some resources to share with my friend Holly…Cici suggested this site, so I will pass it on to all of you.

Stop It Now! Join Stop It Now! in preventing the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

5] This is exciting news to share about my friend Lynn Tolson, her book – “Beyond the Tears”, has been selected as required reading at Towson University, department of sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, "issues in domestic violence."

Good for you Lynn, and good for the world. I can personally vouch for this book having read it a few times…very powerful.


We invite survivors of trauma and supporters, to the 4th annual ‘Healing though Creativity’ Survivor Art Event October 17 – 24 , 2009
at Heart of Virginia Foundation Center for Integrated Arts, Grandin Gardens, Roanoke, VA.

Event Telephone Number 304 545 6286,

7] And last but not least, from my friend Grace Karen Sweet who I met at the CASRA Conference:

Average Miracles

Recovery & Beyond with Sustained Wellbeing

through Education of Alternative & Experiential Learning

Office  (805) 667 – 8266

Cell     (805) 405 – 7056

Take care, Mike

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

A diagnosis is not a destiny. – Hope, Healing, & Help for Trauma, Abuse, & Mental Health through music, resources, & advocacy – musical endeavors only – live performance of "Brush Away Your Tears" from TV show interview   603-625-2136   141 English Village Rd. # 11, Manchester, NH 03102 – new site for public speaking & music presentation on healing for trauma, abuse, & mental health.


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