Plumage

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Cathy's plumage

My good girlfriend, Pam came over the other day to let herself be bossed around.

I had been wanting to switch out my “ROSES” wheelchair costume for a more seasonally appropriate model.

Initially, when I first got my chair I wanted to make it less GIANT- HARDWARE- THING -COMING -DOWN -THE- ROAD.

I settled on roses for the simple reason they make me happy.

Rolling with them for awhile I came to see they acted as a bridge; people would say “I love your roses!” and we’d have a non-disability connection/conversation and both have our quality of lives enhanced.

My roses have opened my life and the lives of others so many times in such miraculous ways that I now pay close attention to how the simple act of rolling around projecting a friendly, approachable, curiosity-sparking vibe from a wheelchair (which can be off- putting in so many ways) can change the world.

No joke.

Disability is isolating.

We are 2 feet lower than most, physically challenged with God knows what and unless one has had disability in ones’ life in some way invokes a knee jerk turn away.

I love people. I need and thrive on connection. My chair outfits are the bridge along with my smile.

The second photo is my fall/winter look. My friend Pam patiently took direction from me as we glued down thousands of feathers (pheasant, marabou, goose, rooster, turkey, grouse) in a pattern which serves both as a visibility asset and a conversation starter.

Most importantly though…the feathers serve me spiritually as a buffer to the inherent heavy and land-locked experiences disability seems to foster.

I have invited friends to send me feathers to add to the collection which gives me the feeling of that essential support and love “at my back” that keeps me alive and rolling.

Getting in my chair now is close to a sacred experience of entering the rarefied atmosphere of the “lightness of being”.

If you come across a feather to help in the “lifting up of Cathy” project I’d love to have your support! How fun!!

mailing address:

CATHY ATEN
369 MONTEZUMA AVE. #273
SANTA FE, NM 87501

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8 Responses to “Plumage”

  1. Jim on December 13th, 2014

    Awesome!!!!!!!

  2. Pam on December 13th, 2014

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  3. Alexis on December 14th, 2014

    Looks beautiful! Keep soaring.

  4. Alexis on December 14th, 2014

    Keep soaring my fine feathered friend. xx

  5. Alexandra Eldridge on December 14th, 2014

    How beautiful is that!!! Artist that you are! Hope to see you soon with feathers in hand. xxxA

  6. Rita Kindl Myers on December 14th, 2014

    I have been looking forward to seeing this! Thanks for posting the picture. The feathers look beautiful.

  7. Irene on December 15th, 2014

    YES!! We will all fly with you…:)

  8. Sharon Rose Dozar on December 18th, 2014

    So incredibly wonderful !!!!! Can’t wait to see this and you in person , my sweet soaring friend. XOXOXO

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