Chrissy Michelle Strawn

artist/photographer, NAMI Multnomah volunteer
Portland, OR, United States

About Chrissy Michelle

Bio

Born 10/02/1961 in Racine, Wis. I lived there until 1969 when my mother divorced and moved her and I to Costa Mesa, Ca. I am very smart and very creative. I think that came about with the massive change in culture moving from a have situation to a have-not situation. In 1990 I moved to Portland, OR. I love the area and find a great deal to draw from for my creativity. I am also disabled. I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and Adjustment Disorder. This makes for an interesting life to say the least. My art is evolving as I learn more about the technology available to me. I have recently become proficiant in Adobe Illustrator. I use both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for art.

Areas of Expertise

telecommunications, Photography, Digital art

An idea worth spreading

The idea of using the computer to create fine art.

I'm passionate about

Art and Photography. Now mentoring people with mental health issues.

Talk to me about

Photography, Art, Telecommunications, Spirituality, Change of life. Volunteering for NAMI.

People don't know I'm good at

Art, Spreading good feelings. Good at conversation.

My TED story

I don't remember who led me to TED, but I try to spread it around all that I can.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Chrissy Michelle Strawn
Posted 3 months ago
Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame
This is a very courageous talk. Monica has grow into a beautiful person who has weathered the storm of shame and public ridicule. She is the right person to bring this subject to the forefront of the public. She has matured to be a brilliant speaker with the experience to make it personal. Empathy really needs to be brought to the front of of our brains so that we can treat others as we would like to be treated. Bravo for her fortitude to stand up to the issues that haunt is these days.
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Chrissy Michelle Strawn
Posted 3 months ago
JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors
Yes you are correct. for me eating right is the hardest part. I don't cook and my husband won't allow me to. He is the domestic person in my life. But one thing that helps me a great deal is NAMI Connection. These are walk-in groups that cost zero. I go to the Saturday group which is a very dynamic group that feels more like home than a group. We meet every Saturday from 3:30 to about 5:00 PM at the Providence Hospital building B. You can reach me by email at chrissy@cayennephotos.com Good friends are hard to find. Maybe we can become friends.
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Chrissy Michelle Strawn
Posted 3 months ago
JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors
This talk was needed by me and others. I have tried three times to commit suicide. Obviously I am not proud of these facts. But I try hard every day to come up with a reason to live. The VA Hospital really does care about me and other vets who have been or are in my situation. I suffer with Borderline Personality disorder. And it is a hard one to master. I have been hospitalized 39 times in the Portland VA Medical Center psych ward. Each and every time I get out I get a phone call and a nice card. I hope that everyone can learn from this talk that more needs to be done.
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Chrissy Michelle Strawn
Posted 7 months ago
Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve
I think this is a marvelous idea. Had this been the way of teaching and scoring when I was growing up I would have succeeded much better in high school. Take me and math, my instructor was as engaging as melba toast. He wouldn't answer questions I had and left me feeling unworthy of the class. I did manage to graduate from high school. But I am not sure how they fudged the numbers to make that happen.
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Chrissy Michelle Strawn
Posted 7 months ago
Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t
What a great talk. It is amazing how we exploit others for our gain. It is amazing how we will kill people who are different from us. Just read the history books. Our people killed the indigenous people who were in what we call the United States before we ever stepped foot on the land. Now it is happening again in South America. It needs to be stopped!!!!