Soul Soothings & a #Giveaway


Something that you may not know about me is that I don’t metabolize heavy metals properly. This summer, I had my levels checked, and I am off the charts for mercury and lead. As a result, my doctor recommended that I avoid all fish and shellfish, and she suggested that I replace my store-bought creams and lotions with organic counterparts.

I know that deoderant has all kinds of not-so-hot ingredients in it, specifically aluminum and parabens and propelyne glycol and lots of other worrisome stuff. Anyhoo, a friend of mine told me I could get an organic deoderant in a cute, little boutique in Manlius, New York, so the other day, I happened to bop in — where the store owner, Kathy Ozzard Chism, treated me to a delicious cup of tea and whole lot of interesting conversation.

Somehow, I ended up telling her that I am an artist, and suddenly, we were discussing retail opportunities. Y’all, I ended up leaving about 80% of my inventory in her store. So, yes, Syracuse friends, you heard it here. You can get my coasters and greeting cards at Soul Soothings located at 131 West Seneca Street, Suite 1 in the Village of Manlius.

It’s hard for me to believe how much my life has changed over the last 3.5 years. Being in benzodiazepine withdrawal for as long as I was, has been a life changer…and yet I seem to be coming out of.

While I’m no longer teaching English, I’m grateful to be able to teach art classes and create art these days.

Seeing as I’m feeling so much more hopeful about the future, I’d like to offer something. First, if you place an order of $50 or more before tonight at midnight, I’m offering free shipping & handling to anywhere within the continental United States, a $10 value.


I haven’t done a giveaway in a long time, but I’d like to do one now.


If you’d like to receive a FREE 11×17 print of the painting above, leave me a comment about an invisible obstacle that you’ve have to deal with during your time on this planet. Tweet this post, and you’ll receive an extra chance of winning. I’ll announce the winner on January 1, 2017.

tweet me at @rasjacobson


6 thoughts on “Soul Soothings & a #Giveaway

  1. My invisible obstacle is living though antidepressant withdrawal. It’ll be a year and a half since I took my last pill. What a roller coaster ride it’s been! My brain continues to heal and I am looking forward to a full recovery!!!!

    1. Robin! I’m assuming you know that I, also, experienced a hellish nightmare after discontinuing Klonopin, an anti-anxiety medication. At 40 months off, I’m doing so much better! You really will heal! I would really like to form a support group locally because everywhere I look, people are being damaged my psychotropic drugs that are supposed to be “safe” and “non-addictive.”

      I’m going to email this message, too, in case you don’t see it here. Consider yourself entered in my giveaway, too.

  2. Did not know about your problem with heavy metals. Fish should be tossed out anyhow, in favor of rare rib-eye steaks and chicken – especially the dark meat. Both taste so much better than fish.

    Still waiting for your great news phone call.

    1. Hi David.

      Boy, if someone had told me that being allergic to heavy metals was a thing, i NEVER would have beleived them. I think that when I went into withdrawal, my system was soooo shocked that everything went haywire. I’m starting to get back on track, and now I’m really interested in everything we put into/onto our bodies.Once you see what it is that we are doing to our bodies/environment by introducing all these carcinogens into/onto our bodies/environment, well…it’s hard to un-see it.

      That being said, everything in moderation. And I’m the first one at Delmonico’s to order a big ole steak. Yes please.

      In fact, now I’m salivating.

      Guess where I’m going for dinner tonight?

  3. Love your art, love you and your beautiful soul. You encourage me to keep going when I see your art, and hear you talk about your journey.

    1. Hi Bobbi. I appreciate your kind words, and I’m telling you, today was the BEST day in 40 months. I’m getting excited about going to explore Florida. Hope to meet you in person very soon! Consider yourself entered to win this print. 🙂

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