art 4 sale

this crazy summer
has taken me into uncharted territory
into mornings that begin at 7
long walks and vegetables

grateful for each moment
colors seems brighter
each breath a triumph
extreme gratitude

i have been painting a lot
since my heart attack
2 weeks ago
those paintings r for sale

starting today we will try e bay auctions
see how it goes
all money made will be matched by me
and donated to DTRF.ORG

my wife michelle
was diagnosed with desmoid tumors in june
a mysterious rare – too often fatal disease
that affects 3 in a million people

we were to wed 10 days ago
but her illness forced us to postpone the wedding
luckily –
as i was in ICU that day

when it rains …
things grow
like love and flowers
humans too

so on we go
we married in private
before her surgery
just the 2 of us

when we r both well enough
will have the wedding of r dreams
surrounded by those we cherish
thankful for the love and support
so many have given us
during these trying times

including all of u
connected thru invisible strands
of wi fi

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113 Responses to 'art 4 sale'

  1. Laurie says:

    …that should read ‘piece’ of your artwork…

  2. Laurie says:

    Congratulations to you and Michelle. Much health and happiness for many years to come. I so hope to one day own an original pice of your artwork. I’m a long time admirer. May all your days from now on be filled with all things yellow.

  3. hi again, Rosie! I ran out of room before I could congratulate you on your marriage. so, Congratulations!
    also, I want you to know that my historical novel, which I mentioned earlier (SPIRITED AWAY – A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH), would make a fantastic film! And I think we would have to find a role for you, Rosie! Who should I contact to make this movie?
    thanks for reading. I hope you’ll reply…

  4. Rosie, I’m so glad you’re OK! I’m a fan and as a fellow Irish-American, I want you to know about my historical novel: SPIRITED AWAY – A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH, on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.
    This important novel brings to light a ghastly, forgotten time in Irish history…the 1650s, also known as Cromwell’s Reign of Terror. Please check it out, and help me spread the word. I dedicated the book to those who are combating modern day human trafficking.
    Reply if you can, please…

  5. kathryn deni says:

    I was feeling blue today and started going through my emails somehow found u through Martha Stuart. U r an inspiration! May u and your wife be blessed! Seeing your artwork and reading your bogs made me remember how silly I’m being feeling blue. Its been years since I have done something crafty. I think I’ll do something with my kids! Thank u for inspiring me.!

  6. Lisa Di Falco (your dog groomer) lol says:

    Hi Rosie!
    I’m so glad you and Michelle are doing so well:) And congratulations & best wishes for a long and happy marriage! I just watched the video of your artwork. WOW! your paintings are mesmerizing to look at. Such beautiful work.

  7. I am a longtime fan and was very saddened to hear about your recent heart attack. I hope you have been recovering and are feeling much better. This is a major long shot however I have to try-We would LOVE if you would be interested in taking part in our 2013 Heart Truth Fashion Gala event happening in April next spring here in New Brunswick Canada, I do not have the room to explain it all, if this is at all a possibility or you just would like to hear more, send me an address I can email you at!

  8. Liam says:

    Ever since my heart attack i have been aware of where my heart actually is. Before that i never paid attention. Welcome to the club and good luck. Health is priority one.

  9. Dawn says:

    Beautiful paintings…..I can look at them all day, its like looking up at the clouds and you can see a shape and each time you look you interperet it differently! Very relaxing


  10. Rachael says:

    Glad to hear you have a fresh look at life. The first few weeks are so scary and fragile. I had a heart attack at age 26 – non smoker, 130 lbs, sporty, good food eater. It can come from nowhere. (mine was due to low carb diet/B vitamin) I smiled at your first post b/c I also sat around for an hour and googled women heart attack signs. and then pondered if I had enough $$ to go to the hospital.

    Turned my life. Quit my job. Followed my heart. Started to call myself an artist…

  11. Jeana says:

    She did indeed have a heart attack!! This morning, they did an angiogram and ended up putting in 2 stints, one on each side of her heart. She had 90% blockage in both. So, because of your heart attack, I read these symptoms and they were fresh in my mind when this happened. I credit these events to saving my mother’s life!! I wanted you to know that. Thank you for sharing your story and I’m glad you are doing well!! Blessings to you!!!! -Jeana

  12. Jeana says:

    heart burn, and took alka seltzer. She said she didn’t start feeling better till about 3am. I, having just read all the symptoms, told her to call her doctor that she just described symptoms of a heart attack. She argued that she felt fine and it was nothing. I told her about your heart attack and the 99% blockage they found. Finally, she agreed to call her doctor, which got her in right away. She was given an EKG in his office and immediately sent to the hospital to be admitted.

  13. Jeana says:

    Rosie, I wanted to tell you about something good that has come from your heart attack. I seen the story on yahoo of your heart attack, so I clicked on it and read the article. In the article there was a link to more information on women’s heart attack symptoms. I followed the link and continued to read. Yesterday, my 63 year old mother called me, she told me that that night she laid down and began having pains in her chest, heavy sweating, and she began vomitting. She got up, thinking it was…

  14. Gilda Mulero says:

    Hi Rosie, my mom died of a heart attack at 66, she too ignored the signs. I have made it a point to help people through food. Would love to help you too… I am super passionate in teaching people that food can be delicious and good for you. “Healthy” food does not mean it will taste like pavement. Wishing you and yours infinite peace, blessings and wellness. Congratulations on your marriage and all best to both of you.

  15. trace says:

    Aspirin can be the WRONG thing to take if you’re having a STROKE! Know the difference! Stroke symptoms including not being able to answer simple questions such as “when is your birthday?”, and not being able to hold both arms out at once. And yes, when in doubt, CALL 9 1 1 !

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  17. Jo Alexander says:

    Rosie just a quick note to say, I wish you all the best thru this transition and it seems you are on the right path here with the walking and the food. COOL so YAY!! I dig the art…and the song…who was singing? I know you will sell out for Mich and her cause…God Bless you all and congrats on the ‘small wedding’…;) Yippy for the 10 lost so far;)
    Peace and Light,
    Your fan/make believe friend,forever…!!

  18. Cheryl Fiske says:

    In my imagination, you and I are friends. I think about you almost every day: when I read about the insanity of American politics; when I try to find something good on satellite radio; when I roll my eyes at the latest “headlines” on ET. “WTF?!” I want to ask you, while we share a chuckle. Now, I mostly think about how grateful I am that you are still alive to love and be loved. The world needs you: your passion, loving spirit and empathy. Thanks for all you give us, my (imaginary) friend…

  19. Justin says:

    Congratulations on your marriage! Love your art! Good luck on the art auction! Xoxo. 🙂

  20. Domi says:

    Congrats Rosie.I’m so glad that you found someone that makes you happy.You are such a great inspiration to me.I read your blog and twitter everyday.Whenever I feel down you lift up my spirits and made me believe that no matter how bad a situation is that someone is always there to help me through it

  21. cindy says:

    Congratulations on your marriage. I wish you great success on the art auction. Enjoy planning your wedding together.

  22. eva says:

    Dear Rosie,

    Congrats on your wedding. Wishing you and Michelle many happy years. My best friend Jenny whom I have posted about turned 67 this week end. Great day, ate lots, laughed so much. We really felt blessed to have this time. It could have been so different.

    Remember Jenny, Dimples, Winston and me Love ya Ont Canada

  23. Hi R&M! Just want you both to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Rosie, I was having chest pains last week. I ignored it. Then Dr. Oz came across my FB timeline, mentioning that You had had a heart attack. I drove myself to the local ER and Yes, I had had a heart attack! So, Thank You, for sharing your story. Love to You and Michelle! ~ Jo

  24. Cindy Abbott says:

    Hello Rosie, I had to write you when I read about your recent heart attack and that Michelle has a rare disease. After 14 years of going undiagnosed, in 2007, I was told that I have a rare, potentially fatal disease. Consequently, I have become a very active rare disease awareness advocate for the National Organization of Rare Disorders. In 2010, after 54 days of working my way up the mountain, I stood on the summit of Mt. Everest holding their banner. Now, at age 53 and with my condition, I am…

  25. brittany says:

    iam a big fan of yours i have whiched ur one movie u are a funny person and i hope for the best for you both iam happy for u good luck. your biggies fan brittany

  26. conbas says:

    Wow! Your paintings are amazing. I would certainly buy one if I could afford it. Would you consider making prints so we low middle class folks could participate?

    I have always admired your wit, courage, passion, and compassion. Best wishes to you and yours, Rosie. Sure wish there were more folks like you in this harsh world. xoxo

  27. Kristen Mayo-Machado says:

    Your work is absolutely incredible, you should be so proud of yourself. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Anita says:

    I really like that music that was playing while checking out your art here, Who is the singer of that song and what is the name of that song?

    This is my first visit to your blog.

    I wish you both well and long happy life together.

  29. shawna says:

    Glad all is well! Hope you have a long and love filled life together.

  30. Which one wears the rubber strap on?

  31. Brandie says:

    Congrats on your wedding, I am happy that you are both okay. My partner Sara can no longer walk without using a walker and can only talk through an Ipad. No diagnosis came on suddenly 2 years ago. Have had our share of health issues but having the person u love by your side makes everything seem better. I would like to buy a painting that has bright colors like yellow or red because I can see those colors best, which painting do you suggest? Xoxo

  32. Sharon Kelly says:

    Yes, love will prevail!

  33. Sharon Kelly says:

    Congratulations to you and Michelle. It’s clear you are both present in each other’s lives to to help each other through these rough days. The most beautiful relationships are forged by fire. You’ve been tested, and stand beautifully strong– to cultivate a bright future. Rosie, you continue to inspire…
    Don’t forget to call should you and Michelle need anything.

    Sharon K.

  34. Kathleen Giroux says:

    so happy to know you have found happiness again I have loved you since when you did stand up on VH1. so happy you are on the road to a good health.
    having just got married myself my husband and I send our best wishes

  35. Susanne says:

    I am an events coordinator for a non profit cancer foundation. I hear many sad stories everyday, but the strength of those going through it, is so inspiring and amazing to me. I am sorry to hear about what you are going through. Although life sometimes throws us curve balls I believe your strength will get you through this.

    Congratulations on your marriage!

  36. Patty says:

    Congratulations & much happiness to you & Michele. My prayer for you is that when you feel the darkness approaching, or the rage overtaking you, you will close your eyes, breathe deeply, & feel the love that is all around you. Where there is love, there is God. Where there is God, there is hope. Where there is hope, there is life. I hope you have a long, healthy, & happy one.

  37. cynthia erickson says:

    Glad to read adversity can bring people together vs tearing them apart,letting love prevail.

  38. andy aka masons mumma says:

    you have been an inspiration to me for a long time and helped me thru my own illness when u had your old blog i was there every day and you even replied to me a couple times which lifted me up.i wish you and your wife and family so much happiness…you are a good soul miss rosie and i appreciate you for you…healing angels to you both and look forward to your big day xx

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