It was an honor to accompany Pat on her healing journey via the Caring Bridge connection online. I remember the day when I thought, “There, she just reversed the cancer!” She’d shared a dialogue written with both hands in which her Inner Child confronted her Inner Critical Parent (who had been putting her “kindergarten at” down.) I felt the shift viscerally. Before long she was reporting a positive change in test results and was on her way to the other side of cancer. I encouraged her to publish her “kindergarten art” and writings as a book. Brava, Pat. You did it! I hope readers on a similar journey use this book to follow in Pat’s footsteps.
You were such an inspiration to all who read your posts, especially those going through tough struggles of their own. How in your darkest hours, and lowest of lows – a scripture would speak to you, surround you in comfort & peace as you created your feelings, or the scripture, through art. Your postings showed me that there is always light in the darkness and God is always near – we just need to reach out.
Pat Clark, as a Creative Journal Expressive Arts trainee of mine, demonstrated a creative spark that spurred her on to find a medium entitled Kindergarten Art. This method of drawing and journaling with her nondominant hand saved her life from cancer not once but twice. For me, being in Pat’s company is like a sunny day at the park. She is positive, fun, and loaded with creative energies. I am blessed to call her my friend.
Pat Clark has a way with words. Very real, graphic accounts of her feelings hopes and dreams while going through cancer treatment. Often reflective, compassionate testimony of her relationship with God and God’s relationship with her during this experience. A reinforcement of what a gift life is. Highly recommend this for everyone and especially those faced with a cancer diagnosis
The Rev. Dr. Alan Brehm, Pastor
Several years ago, I was dealing with some deep-seated personal grief. Pat led me through various non-dominant hand exercises that gave me some breakthrough insights. My work with Pat was incredibly healing at a very deep level, and I remain grateful for her wisdom, compassion, and guidance.
Johnna L. Cormier, Lay Pastor
Pat Clark is an inspirational writer with the gift of making you feel like you know her personally! I looked forward to reading her posts as she shared with us her journey battling cancer, and I’m so blessed to have gotten to know her and admire her work even more.
Charles Swan, Director of Musical Theatre, Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
I find Pat Clark’s work soulfully surprising – in the way you might listen to a famous symphony you’ve know your whole life but are suddenly aware of the nuance and subtle complexities that were there all along. It surprises you, makes you sit up, lean in, and want more.
She exemplifies this creative-soul-practice whether from the pulpit, the creative hub of writing workshops (that she’s many times gifted friends!), the hallways of the cancer unit, the collage-covered-floor of her living room and from the wide-open spaces of her farm. Anyone who has the chance to create with Pat is wise to embrace the opportunity to dive deeper into the mystery of the spirit and explore the wonder of what it is to be our full creative selves.
Mary Marcotte, Educator
Pat Clark is an extraordinary spiritual guide and mentor. Wise, creative, compassionate, and honest, Pat confronts the beauty and pain of life with deep faith. She invites those who journey with her to a fuller understanding of who they are at the inmost core of their beings while she generously shares her own story.
Rev. Helen de Leon
Pat Clark will inspire you, encourage you, and envelop you with her deep faith, wide embrace, and loving soul.
Isabel S. Rivera-Velez, Pastor
Pat is thoroughly inspiring and challenges our creative side. Hang onto every word or you’ll miss out.
Sue Edrozo, Engineer
Pat Clark is a spiritual sage whose visioning prompts unlock my heart to creatively reveal to me how God moves in my world. As a cancer survivor, I knowingly watched Pat’s treatment walk manifest in art journal meditations. I pray that the sharing of these meditations will support, comfort, and lead others in their journeys of healing to wholeness.
Claire Perkins, Expressive Arts Coach
Pat Clark shares her journey with lymphoma and chemotherapy openly and from the hearts, sharing tears and humor, fear and hope, fatigue, friendship, expressive art and prayer all wrapped up in a beautiful bundle of grace. A must read for anyone living with cancer or loving someone who is.
Christine Shirtcliff, Retired Hospital Administrator
I have witnessed Pat’s personal journey from early creative journaling exploration to her magnificent battle with cancer and its challenges. I cherish opportunities to share insights with her in person as well as through her engaging writing. She possesses a unique grace and wisdom which are reflected in her writing.
Pat Clark has literally changed my life. Through her Visioning® work with me, I was able to unbind the grave clothes around my creative child and bring her back to life. Pat not only talks the talk for a healer and a teacher, but she also walks the walk. That you, Pat, for touching my life.
Through the 10 years Pat served as our pastor, I had many opportunities to do collages with her…at session meetings, retreats, workshops, etc. They were fun to do and allowed us to look at ourselves and our lives and our dreams in a new way. After Pat was diagnosed with cancer and began her treatments, we anxiously waited for her daily “care journal” excerpts. What an honest account of her life and her experiences every day! We truly felt we were right there with her. Many friends suggested she write a book about this part of her life.
Linda Wilson, Party Planner Extraordinaire
The journey of Pat Clark, and in her words, “Kindergarten Art,” was a way to understand that art is an expression of beauty, pain, yet also a way to recover from cancer. Stepping into her words, and visualizing tearing apart papers in anger and despair, yet making something that eventually turns beautiful, She never lost her faith and used her love of bits and pieces to create her own history, her journey OUT of cancer to help others who struggle with the same disease. Applauding her amazing courage, skill and creativity amid physical and emotional challenges.
Dan Walker, Pastor
You helped me and I am sure many others, to get through situations that you did not know about. Some of us would not tell you how hard it was for us because you did not need another rock in your pack. I hope this little missive will convey my feelings and tell you how much you meant to me and how glad I am that the Good Lord kept you around. God Bless you and may your book be a blessing for many.