We had a family function recently and my Great Uncle Joe brought his artwork for everyone to look at. It was such a treat to be able to see his work, and now it has surfaced again on the web.
Please indulge my family photos here - this is my sister Stephanie admiring his artwork. I am so glad that I had this picture - now I don't have to risk copyright infringment by using the one in the paper...
Here is link to a very nice article in the Albany Times-Union about my Great Uncle Joe. Under most circumstances I wouldn't use this forum to link to news articles about relatives, but I admire my Uncle Joe so much that I want to spread this around. I figure he wouldn't mind since it is already out in the public domain.
I don't know if my Uncle knows about occupational therapy and I don't think I have ever discussed it with him. However, this story illustrates the bi-directional power of occupation - in this case both for him as a teacher and for the people who sign up for his art class. A sharp staff member at his residence understands how to engage people and keep them involved in occupations that are important and meaningful. That makes me happy.
I find it very validating to hear about these kinds of stories, especially as they are expressed through non-occupational therapists.
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.