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FLUFF THE CLOWN, spreading the magic around


FLUFFEE
our very own warrior here
“ain’t she just a beaut”?
Now as for the little one she is entertaining,
I’m not so sure what has captured the eye, but looks to me like they are not feelin the love there!!!
But our very own
Fluff out there in Michigan
is sure putting the love on that little one
and
how very beautiful our
FLUFFEE
is indeed!
Fluff out there in Michigan is one busy clown;
working in Trauma at the Detroit Medical Center * a huge HUGE healhcare system*, volunteering at the local shelter for 4 leggeds, trying to find homes, giving out love, and then donning the clown suit to provide giggles and grins for so many!
I tip my hat to ya there Fluff
you are “da bomb”!
Oh the joys of clowning for so many!
And clowns do remind me so much
of
Patch Adams
and how I love Patch!
THE REAL DEAL and the real Patch!
Yes
he is “real as real can be”
and doing great doctoring
when he is not speaking
and
he sure is walkin the walk
and talks the true talk of
mind/body/spirit/laugh
connection!
Remember that movie?
Remember that man?
What a doc and a healer he is.
Now clowning around the world,
spreading hope, compassion, kindness
and taking many a healer along the journey with him.
I remember Patch from living in
Arlington VA
and
oh what a man!
His real name
Hunter Doherty; Patch was born in Washington DC, and received his MD from Virginia Commonwealth University!
His life inspired the movie
“Patch Adams” played by Robin Williams,
and while it only portrayed a bit of Patch’s life, it seems that Patch was not impressed by the fact that Robin did not donate a percentage of the film to his institute afterwards!
Since Robin made over 20 million bucks
from the film!
Patch now gets volunteers to go with him around the country each year
in clown attire
while attending to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs while offering compassionate care.
Compassion at its finest.
A red nose, a red heart that beats strong, the healing powers of care..
It is rather amazing that Patch entered medical school without an undergraduate degree!
He stands for justice, for right way relations, for those who are in need of compassion and is a strong advocate.
He is a kind and very very funny man.
Patch Adams formulated the Gesundheit (meaing good health) vision in the late 1960s, and since then the Gesundheit! Institute has been an important voice in dialogues around health care delivery. Gesundheit’s international service began in 1984 when Patch led a clown trip to the Soviet Union as an act of “nasal diplomacy.” The original focus was volunteer bedside clowning in hospitals, and soon widened to include orphanages, schools, psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, and special needs facilities.
He is busy with a home style caring place for folks in West Virginia!
“In the last 28 years, I´ve created 50 presentations and performed them in 70 countries. I´ve spoken at 90 medical schools in the US and many more around the world. Over the course of the last two decades I´ve been on the road for 200-300 days of the year.

In 1985, I took a group of people on a clown trip to what was then the Soviet Union. Equipped with colorful clothing and compassion we visited hospitals, orphanages, homes for the elderly as well as just clowning on the street. Since then, these trips have been an integral part of Gesundheit´s global outreach. Apart from returning to Russia every year there have been clown trips to all corners of the world, including visits to war zones, refugee camps and natural disaster sites. We´ve also built clinics and a school at some of the places we´ve visited. I go on six or seven of these trips yearly. They are the sweetest healing work I get to do while I wait for the hospital.” Patch Adams

A man of gentle spirit,
a warrior by nature …
Whether or not the movie covered all of his life, or whether or not sweet Robin Williams donated a percentage to the institute,
Robin Williams supports St Judes Hospital and the work being done there and Patch gave him props for that.
One thing is certain.
The movie introduced the world to Patch Adams!
And that is a very good thing.
He is brilliant in his healing ways,
and knows that care of the body means nothing without care of the spirit and soul.
The healing that comes with laughter, with respite from pain
in joy and laughter and wonder
is remarkable.
He recognized long before folks linked the body/mind/spirit connection
that we need to dig deeper in the well of compassion and understanding
to see people not labels or disease models
in order to provide holistic care.
And he colors in bright ink
and believes in color
and individuality.
Patch takes folks away from their struggle, away from their pain, while addressing life and its mysteries and a respite for awhile.
Life for Patch has been a tapestry woven through some tough times
and much resistence from many.
He dances to a beat of a different drum
and the drum continues to beat
and many of us are so very grateful
for his dance.
AFTER all who couldnt love a man like Patch who has children named
“Zig and Zag”?
Patch hand writes letters to folks; can you even imagine in this day of modern technology, a man that busy who takes the time to answer letters and does it by hand?
Yep that’s him alright.
I remember him and his “swag” back in Arlington… a little community known as Westover, and his walk. Once you see Patch Adams and his “stroll” it etches in the mind just like the man himself!
So today,
let’s here it for
Patch Adams
the man who brought clowns to medicine
and in a great way
to address the laughter release of endorphins
and the holistic model of medicine.
Thank you Patch for all you are.
video by
“We can never promise cure but we can always promise care.” Now that is a doc, a social worker, a nurse, an administrator,
a practitioner, a healer.

Yes I do appreciate that some folks absolutely do NOT like clowns!
I remember that, and I do know that to be true. For them, I’m sure that Patch also knows that and takes off the “red nose” and just is as witty as the day is long without all the clowning accessories.
As does the Fluff and all those that do their clowning thing.
Perception is a great thing to have when in the healing helping fields.
And you either love clowns or you really don’t it seems.
BUT
how in the world could you not love
Patch and FLuff ?
I wish you all you dare to dream
as you work the dream!
Did ya see that moon last night?

It sure was full as it peeked through the trees!

Walk in Beauty,
DRSES
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  8. Great pics doc. and I so love fluff in clown attire. I also love Patch as he goes beyond just the medical and into the realm of things that work but many do not listen.hugs on the wind to allEE

  9. oh love the picture of fluff. 🙂 I love Patch Adams and how he uses beyond just the medical technology for healing. Healing I believe comes a lot from within us.
    hugs my friend.

    • That Patch is quite the healer… he connected and drove tradtional docs crazy and still does I imagine, while healing from within, or at least being able to say, it may not be possible to cure, but I can and will provide compassion… sometimes that is all a person needs to stand UP. sending laughter your way today!

  10. Dr. Sherry, I was in a bit of hurry this morning to get off to the shelter. Surely was a busy day for us. All intakes no adoptions. I have now spent the last 2 hours watching the Patch Adams videos on You Tube. What a great work he has done. Sure would love to meet him again some day. I wanted to share with you "A Clowns Prayer" It is the words forever etched in the heart of every clown who is a true caring clown. I thought you would like it. I know this is forever in the heart of Patch AdamsAs I stumble through this life.. Help me to create more laughter than than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget, at least momentarily, all the unpleasantness in their lives. And, in my final moment, may I hear you whisper; "when you made my people smile, you made me smile." AMENJust wanted to share it with you. Have a wonderful evening and a peaceful and restful one. /Sandy♥

  11. To all here,Blessings on this most wonderful weekend, thank you all for your continued support of this page; the thoughts, photos and the message.When you visit the other blog, please take a look on the right side as you scroll down at the new pictures that have been added, and if you place your mouse over the photos and click, you will be taken to the websites of some great places and people there…Happy Easter to those who celebrate the holiday, and blessed Sunday to all.Dr Sherry

  12. Oh, boy……… I get to put a FACE on the Clown now !Sandy, a/k/a/ Fluffy, I am glad you made the blog/page today with your complete make up ! Dr. SES, you are great to do that for us readers. No clownin' 'round, really. Having the BEST Saturday, after not feeling up to snuff for 4days. Blood pressure too low, felt sick, nevermind, better now.The bunny should be coming over tonite, the light of the FULL moon will lite his way. Peter: I am H E R E ! Leave chocolate…..Love to all, safe & lovely weekend.Always, Irene M.

  13. Oh Dear Dr. Sherry, you sure do touch my heart and I sure do love you. That little boy Noah followed me from night to night as we entertained in the area each night of clown week. For some reason, he fell in love with Fluffee the Clown and Fluffee fell in love with Noah. Clown week Aug 1-7 annually we do an activity each night to bring to the community the clowns. Noah's Mom asked for our schedule so Noah could come each night. He sure did touch my heart and a child I will never forget. I also love Patch Adams and have read and studied him much. I also had the privilege of meeting him and hearing him speak to a graduating class of surgery residents many years ago. What a man he is! We have studied him in Clown School and take some of him character with us while visiting in Hospice, Nursing Homes and with special needs children. I have also had the great opportunity to meet and play with Emmett Kelly Jr, II. A wonderful man and a clown heart. Take care Dr. Sherry and friends. Enjoy your Saturday and hope the sun is shining upon you this day. Sending you love and hugs /Sandy♥

  14. Oh Dear Dr. Sherry, you sure do touch my heart and I sure do love you. That little boy Noah followed me from night to night as we entertained in the area each night of clown week. For some reason, he fell in love with Fluffee the Clown and Fluffee fell in love with Noah. Clown week Aug 1-7 annually we do an activity each night to bring to the community the clowns. Noah’s Mom asked for our schedule so Noah could come each night. He sure did touch my heart and a child I will never forget. I also love Patch Adams and have read and studied him much. I also had the privilege of meeting him and hearing him speak to a graduating class of surgery residents many years ago. What a man he is! I have also had the great opportunity to meet and play with Emmett Kelly Jr, II. A wonderful man and clown. Take care Dr. Sherry and friends. Enjoy your Saturday and hope the sun is shining on you this day. Sending you love and hugs /Sandy♥

  15. Moring doc,Thanks for the back story on Patch Adams. It was a great movie, might just want to see it one more time. Hope everyone has a great weekend and finds a few minutes to be silly, and "clown around". Laugh out loud. Live out loud. Best to all on this beautiful Saturday.

    • Happy you are here, and enjoyed the story of Patch, a man to be grateful for, sure wish others in the medical profession would catch up to his wisdom in healing the spirit and the mind along with the body… blessings to you as we laugh together over the winds!

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