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violagirl

violagirl
Date Joined: December 16, 2009
Last Online: November 18, 2018
Birthday: November 7
Country: United States
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About Me

I work as a mental health peer specialist at a housing agency in NYC. I myself am diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and I use my lived experience to help others with empathy and understanding. I am also now getting a Masters in Social Work degree, again to further the peer cause. My mission in life is to advocate for mental illness awareness and acceptance. This includes fighting stigma and prejudice against those afflicted.

I also am a writer. I write essays, poetry and fiction about the mental health experience. I also create artwork, usually collages, and I am a singer/songwriter. As a child and young adult, I played the violin and viola, and previously was preparing for a professional career as a violist.

I founded and currently run a mental health wellness discussion group on Facebook. We have 2,500+ members and have been around for 3.5 years! The URL is:

https://www.facebook.com/groaps/whatiswellnessforpeers/

Please join!

Favorite Music

Classical music is my favorite. I love Gilbert and Sullivan operettas most, as well as Beethoven and Mozart played on period instruments. In general, I like hearing classical music performed on baroque instruments. This would be considered "Early Music."

I also like various artists in different genres, including Queen, the Beatles, Eminem, Sean Paul, Bloodhound Gang, Alice in Chains, Billy Joel, etc. My boyfriend likes reggae a lot, so that has become another music of interest :)

Favorite Crafts

I like to swap postcards! I use the postcards I buy and receive for collages. I cut them up and create art! I have this scrapbooking project going, where each page features a country's flag, and then the page features cards that come from that specific country. Or if the postcard features artwork of a person from a specific country, that would go on the specific country's page. Once the pictures are selected, then I cut up other cards to then embellish on what's there.

Therefore, I love cards that feature writing in foreign languages, or artwork by artists from different countries. Especially of interest are cards and artwork from those from Africa, Asia, South America and non-western European artists.

I also love postcards that have German words, whether it's text on the front, or a message written on the back. My dream is to go to Germany some day, and I always love practicing my own German! I want to be fluent some day.

I like using "found" materials. I go to yard sales and buy little knick knacks and other things to use for projects. My bedroom wall also features a lot of art I've created as well.

My Websites

My Facebook Mental Health Support Group: "What is Wellness? A Mental Health Discussion Group."

https://www.facebook.com/groaps/whatiswellnessforpeers/

Ratings

ArtsyEm rated for PC Swap #8 on Jan 2, 2019
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suepier rated for What are your goals this week? #15 on Dec 1, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the Van Gogh postcard and sharing your goals with me.
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Comment: Big hugs!
Response: You are the best ever :) Blessings. Let's stay in touch!
kfaye rated for Mythical/Magical Postcard Swap USA #2 on Nov 7, 2018
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Comment: I love the dressed up rabbits and mushrooms!
soccer8s rated for PC Swap #9 on Nov 5, 2018
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dawnakaulen rated for Alcohol/Cocktail PC USA #2 on Nov 3, 2018
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Comment: Great choice, thank you!
katmandu rated for PC Swap #9 on Nov 3, 2018
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Comment: Yummy PC! Love it! I'm clueless about the music you are listening to because the only video games I played were "pong" and "pac-man"! Well, that definitely tells you how old I am!! Actually my favorite "games" are the really old Pinball Machines that make a lot of noise! Thank you!
tentmari rated for "What the Heck..." PC Swap usa #2 on Oct 23, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the PC. Quite honestly, I wouldn't have known what to do with it either, which made it perfect for this swap : D
suepier rated for PC Swap #2 on Oct 23, 2018
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Comment: Thank you for the cute dog postcard.
ladydy5 rated for Scattergories PC Swap - N - US only on Oct 13, 2018
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Comment: Thanks
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your year so far! I juggle with work and free time, but so far, so good!
MissBrenda rated for PC Swap #8 on Oct 7, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for the Vincent Van Gogh PC! I don't know much about FaceTime. Your work sounds interesting. Have a great day and happy swapping......
Zefaniya rated for What are your goals this week? #15 on Oct 6, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Good luck with all your goals :)
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Comment: Super cute postcard! Thank you! :)
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Comment: Thanks!
MMark rated for What are you listening to? #8 on Oct 3, 2018
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Comment: Beautiful PC. thanks!
JenniferJo rated for What are you listening to? #8 on Oct 2, 2018
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Comment: Thank you!
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Comment: Love the card you sent and very timely! Thank you!
NRGordon rated for What are you listening to? #8 on Oct 1, 2018
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Comment: Hi Nessa, Thank you for the fun PC. I love harpsichord music so I enjoy much by Felix Mendelssohn. I'm also a fan of cello and viola. Not so much violin but, turn it into a fiddle and You have my attention. Best Wishes, Neal
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Comment: Thank you for the beautiful Whoopi card! "Jumpin Jack Flash" is my fav of hers. Very cool :):):)

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Comments

camelsamba on Aug 30, 2018:

Hey there - extending my comment for the "my swapbot name" postcard swap. The card got misplaced for a bit so while I knew it had arrived I hadn't actually read it until now. My eldest child played viola from 5th through 12th grade - considered joining the orchestra for non-music majors in college but the timing didn't work out. Anyway, I love the sound of violas. I hope you still manage to get some joy from it, on top of your important career in social work!

MSKIM on Feb 20, 2012:

You go girl! I can feel the presence of the Lord in your life from reading your profile. PM me your address. I'd like to send you a pc for hosting this swap. Stay strong. Be blessed!

pinkrenegade on Feb 12, 2012:

Isn't God good? ♥ His Holy Spirit makes beautiful changes in us and there really is a freedom from all the garbage that takes us down in this world. Keep growing in His word... Pat

pinkrenegade on Feb 11, 2012:

Hi, I'm cruising through swaps and people who are hosting them and when I saw one to do with verses, I stopped by for a visit. :o)

You have a very nice profile. I have different versions of Bibles as well. It helps me to get a clearer understanding and I like how some Bibles give a lot of background information or time lines.

Hope our paths cross sometime in the future ~ take care.

ginabee on Jan 30, 2012:

I Love 'Moonlight Sonata'. Great profile you have:)

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clsampse on Jan 22, 2010:

Just checking out your profile because I'm sending to you for the Uber-Postcard swap. I'm a Chronicle Books postcard addict too. :) If you like Queen, you should check out this band called Sparks if you don't already know them - they're like a less serious, kitschier Queen. Also will be heading over to check out your blogs in a bit!

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