Musings, Images, Annotated Webliographies, and more...
"We seem to have forgotten that the humanist and the scientist or the artist and the mathematician have a great deal in common, a zone of creativeness, in which the intuitive imagination, working with either symbols or words or signs, arrives at its goal, both of them moving toward a supreme beauty and a stern perfection."
-- P. G. Ruggiers: The Humanities --
I have fully retired from the sale of my artwork.
These days I make art because I must.
It is imperative that I find ways to express my creative urges.
I have begun work on a series of booklets formatted as PDFs and entitled:
"The Siddur as an Instrument of Resilience"
These brief studies, designed to explore the meanings of significant or frequently used words found in the Jewish prayer book are not intended to be especially religious, although any spiritual benefit one might derive from them would be a lovely additional outcome.
Here are some projects I have previously created:
"Surviving is unacceptable, mere resilience is tolerable, and imagining transformation is only the beginning. As a wordsmith working in the medium of creative non-fiction my goal is to forge tools of healing by interrogating both self and society. Much like turning over a stone to reveal the squirming, fleeing, insect life beneath it I use writing to create a radiant burst of post-traumatic joy so profound that the disempowering, people-pleasing, habitual survival skills of yesteryear are destroyed beyond remembrance."
© Rebekah Tanner, October 5, 2019One of several essays written and / or in the works that are based on raw materials drawn from the back and forth correspondence between my Mother and myself (1971 – 1996) and my personal journals. "Post-traumatic Joy" uses a slice of time approach to explore transitions in thought and behavior during early retirement. By hearkening back to that awful annual school assignment: “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” the focus here is on taking an inventory of my own becoming as I discover new feelings of freedom as I age.
© Rebekah Tanner, 2019
In 2014-2015 I studied at the State University of New York at Oswego and recieved an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies. Among the several wonderful learning experiences of that time was the writing of my independent study project for Trauma and Loss, PSY 599-033,
3rd Quarter, 2015 with Dr. Karen Wolford, Ph.D.
Other pages I have created:
My kind-of-blog articles on topics that interest me such as: on being a caregiver, living and loving art, resiliency, and the transitions of retirement can now be found (as Yogi Berra would say) at:
Here is an essay I wrote early on in my ceramic making adventures (2014) and some images of that early work:About My Ceramics and Photos of My Ceramics
And just something beautiful shared with me many years ago by Madame Heather Bastien (of blessed memory):
Please also visit The page where my spouse keeps details about all of her book reading and reviewing at ROKINREV REVIEW - ANDREA STOECKEL: AVOCATIONAL READER AND REVIEWER , as well as her archived site that she has not updated in... well, years and years. THE ROCKINREV REVIEW. She had put a huge effort into it and it has some amazing links to religious (primarily Protestant) sites, then-current events (she is a news junkie!) and some other pretty interesting stuff.
Latest Revision: 30 September 2022.
This site was originally created on 20 September 1996, it is the work of Rebekah Tanner, she alone is alone responsible for its content and any opinions expressed herein. She is not responsible for the content of any site she has chosen to link to.