I am back at Recovery Cafe to work on a project close to my heart.
Trigger Warning: For those of you that are new to the blog and haven’t seen these posts before, I sit down with members of the cafe who volunteer to share their stories with me. They tell me their story and I record it in a portrait and in words as they tell it. Hope and resilience are often a big part of the stories, but there’s also trauma and abuse involved on many occasions. If you worry about the stories being a trigger, this and other posts in the series might not be for you.
Terrence Arnold has bicycled all his life It has been the constant that has kept him grounded through it all. He has bicycled all over the country, carrying everything he owns on his bike. “Recovery is not a conclusion, it’s a journey,” says Terrence.
Tonie Doose recommended that I watch the movie Palo Alto. It’s available to watch free here on IMDB.
“I love being at Recovery Cafe with my people.” says Tonie who loves animals, the ocean, and a small apartment of her own that she finally has.
Ray Castellon was estranged from his mother for 10 years. But when she finally said “I’m so sorry” ( “That’s all it took,” he says) his life took a turn he didn’t see coming.
“The hospice nurse found me, one week later, in the room with my mother’s corpse. I spent the next 10 weeks in El Camino hospital.”