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A New Chapter Begins

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A New Chapter Begins

I feel as though I am at the end of a chapter. Bits and pieces have been woven together and packaged. I have written about learning to live in the moment, finding emotional health, overcoming grief, seeking out balance, creating a home, belonging, admitting limitations, renewing creativity, and having the courage to find joy and acceptance. I have written on these topics, not just on this blog, but also in my journals, and most recently  in a article I submitted to the North Dakota Humanities Council for their magazine publication, On Second Thought.

As I share these experiences with readers, there is another chapter in progress. Perhaps it is the change of seasons bringing it forth.

Elm seeds fallen

Or a change in perspective. I can’t entirely describe it yet.

Shoulder- charcoal and watercolor Rachel Brazil

It has to do with all these things I’ve written to date, but from the perspective of physical health.

Scapula- graphite Rachel Brazil

I am no expert, I don’t claim to be. But I have my story of experience to share.

Head and Neck, Choarcoal and watercolor Rachel Brazil

I have the experience of my emotional healing becoming such a holistic process that I can identify the effects of stress and trauma has had on my body.

Head and Neck on Skeleton, Graphite, Rachel Brazil

I have the understanding of what simple breath and relaxation can do. I have knowledge of human and mammalian osteology and anatomy.Cow skull Graphite, Rachel Brazil

I have a fascination with how the world works within our own physical beings.

I first created Pages of Paradigm with the intention of one day writing a book. I may have shared that before, that I wanted to write a memoir on the experience of redefining success. But I have not shared that there is another book in mind. A book about learning about ourselves, the living, through those now gone. I have learned much from the dead. I have many stories about my experiences cleaning animal skeletons for a museum collection. The first of which was an African Lion. Just a few weeks into that semester, my grandfather passed away. At his funeral, people I had never met before came up to me and said, “You’re the one with the lion! Your grandfather told us all about you and your work.” He had a love for gaining a greater understanding of the world. A few months after the funeral, I had a dream about walking with him to his final resting place. In my hands was a beautiful bouquet that consisted of clovers, little white flowers, and the long bones of a squirrel. Maybe strange, yes. But I thought it was beautiful. I treasure the memory of that dream to this day.


About Rachel

Rachel is an independent artist and writer who thrives on sharing her deep appreciation for the natural world. She has taught college courses in wildlife identification, ethnobotany, environmental science, natural resource management, and cultural studies. She lives in North Dakota with her two boys, husband, dog, and cats. She enjoys gardening, cooking, drawing, writing, hunting, hiking, and snowshoeing, but is usually too tired to do any of these, except for writing...

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