“I…. Am…. A Man!”

Joseph Carey Merrick, a.k.a. “The Elephant Man”.

On August 5,1862, Joseph Carey Merrick (who was often incorrectly referred to as John Merrick) was born in Leicester, England. His parents were Joseph Rockley Merrick and Mary Jane Merrick. During his early years in life, Joseph Carey began to suffer from extreme facial and body deformities. He appeared to have thick and lumpy skin. His lips became rather enlarged, and a bony lump started to grow on his forehead. One arm and both feet also grew to be enlarged and during his childhood he had fallen, damaging his left hip which caused him permanent lameness.

At the age of only eleven years old, Joseph Carey’s mother passed away. The cause of her death was bronchopneumonia. His father remarried not long after. Wrongly, he and his new wife rejected Joseph, treating him like an outcast. Joseph Carey was forced to leave home, finding shelter at the residence of his uncle, Charles Merrick.

At thirteen years old, Joseph gained employment working at Freeman’s Cigar Factory in Leicester. And then, in December 1879, at seventeen years of age, he joined the Leicester Union Workhouse. A few years later in 1884, Joseph got in contact with Sam Torr who was a showman. Joseph suggested that Sam should put Joseph up as an exhibit because of his unusual deformities.

Torr agreed on the proposition and along with a group of men who managed Joseph, they came up with Joseph’s exhibit’s name of “The Elephant Man”. After touring for some time, Joseph made a trip to London to be put on exhibit in a penny gaff located on Whitechapel Road which was rented by Tom Norman who was also a showman. Norman’s shop was located right across the street from the London Hospital.

Frederick Treves, who was a surgeon from the hospital, visited Norman’s shop. Dr. Treves automatically showed interest in Joseph Carey Merrick. The doctor invited Joseph to the hospital to be examined and photographed. This made Joseph feel uncomfortable, like an animal, and he refused to return to the London Hospital. This angered Dr. Treves and oddly enough, Norman’s shop was closed by local authorities. Upset by it all, Joseph decided to seek another opportunity elsewhere and joined a gentleman by the name of Sam Roper who owned a traveling circus that toured throughout Europe.

As time went on, Joseph was unfortunately robbed in Belgium, abandoned in Brussels, and finally made his way back to the London Hospital. Dr. Treves allowed Joseph to stay the remainder of his life at the hospital, free room and board. With daily visits from Dr. Treves, the two men quickly formed a remarkable friendship. Even the wealthy elite, including Alexandra, Princess of Wales visited Joseph.

And then, on April 11, 1890, Joseph Carey Merrick sadly died at the age of twenty-seven years old of asphyxia which is a condition where the body is seriously deprived of oxygen. It was believed that he was awake, attempting to get up from his bed just prior to his death. He was found stretched across his bed with a dislocated neck. Perhaps the weight of his head was too much for his neck to support. His skeletal remains can be found on display in the Royal London Hospital, which is a large educational facility in London, England.

It’s said that one of Joseph Carey Merrick’s favorite poems was:

“Tis true my form is something odd,                                                                               but blaming me is blaming God.                                                                                Could I create myself anew,                                                                                               I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole                                                                                      or grasp the ocean with a span,                                                                                         I would be measured by the soul.                                                                                 The mind’s the standard of the man.”

 

 

“I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … a man!” ~ Joseph Carey Merrick, a.k.a. “The Elephant Man”.

 

 

 

 

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Here is the artwork that I created in honor of Joseph Carey Merrick simply titled, “The Elephant Man”. Prints, pillows, blankets and even stationary…. available only at Fine Art America!

(“The Elephant Man” ~ by Sheila Renee Parker. Prints, tote bags, coffee mugs and so much more available only at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-elephant-man-sheila-renee-parker.html!)

 

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Art of Yesteryear

Happy Monday and Happy September, everyone! This month is already off to a stormy start as Tropical Storm Gordon begins to make its way up the Gulf Coast. Those of us who live here on Alabama’s coastline are pretty well safe, but will continue to keep a watchful eye on the impending weather. If you’re on the Gulf Coast please be mindful as well and remain safe.

Over the weekend I was going through some of my old things, sorting through what to keep and what to get rid of, and I stumbled upon an old photo album of some art that I painted many moons ago. Not only canvas art, but I’ve also painted on wine bottles, flower vases, etc… anything I can tickle a brush on.

The following photos are of the pieces that I’ve painted. They were so much fun to create. I no longer have them, they’ve all been purchased and placed in loving homes. (Yes, I know I speak fondly of my art, that’s only because I’ve always been so passionate about my creativity! As any artist should be. 🙂 )

 

Wishing you all a beautiful week!

~ Much Love & Light, Sheila 💋

 

 

 

 

 

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“Share Your Ghostly Tale!”

“Share Your Ghostly Tale!”

Got a ghostly tale to tell? Then, share it here for all to read!

There’s a new page I created here on sheilareneeparker.com that has been created solely for you! We want to hear all about your paranormal experiences whether they are good, bad, funny or creepy. Remember, this is an open-minded site, so please feel free and don’t be shy to tell us your tale!

To have your experience published, simply submit it below and I will personally publish it on the new page, “Share Your Ghostly Tale!” ….. and that’s it! Can’t wait to hear about what you’ve encountered!!!

~ Love & Light, Sheila

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(Sheila Renee Parker: Author. Artist. Empath.)

“Ghostly Petals”

A supernatural perspective on two of Mother Nature’s beautiful creations!

It is that wondrous time of year when everything starts to bloom and being the artist that I am (aside from also being an author), I couldn’t help but take the opportunity to explore this creative moment!

“Ghostly Petals” is a work of art that I’ve recently finished and I couldn’t wait to share with all of you!

Not only is “Ghostly Petals” (and my other works of art displayed on Fine Art America) available as a print, it’s also available as a greeting card, spiral notebook, throw pillow, tote bag, coffee mug, and so much more!

 

“Ghostly Petals” available at…. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/ghostly-petals-sheila-renee-parker.html

 

 

 

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(“Ghostly Petals”. ~ Art by Sheila Renee Parker. Prints available @ https://fineartamerica.com/featured/ghostly-petals-sheila-renee-parker.html)

 

“The Three Lilies”

An enchanting exhibit of Mother Nature’s blooms!

Is a photograph that I recently took of some beautiful orange lilies that bloomed right outside our living room window. I was so mesmerized by the flowers’ vibrant color that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to grab my camera to permanently capture their image. And yet, even though they were already beyond being exquisite in their own lovely way, I gave them a little more glamour by enhancing them with digital effects.

I was so pleased with how it all turned out that I wanted to make “The Three Lilies” a wonderful piece of art that everyone can enjoy as well. “The Three Lilies” is available in various, exciting ways from prints that can be beautifully displayed upon the wall, to your very own throw pillow, duvet cover, tote bag, phone case, coffee mug and so much more!

“The Three Lilies” available at…. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-three-lilies-sheila-renee-parker.html

 

 

 

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(“The Three Lilies” by Sheila Renee Parker. Prints available at…. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-three-lilies-sheila-renee-parker.html )

“A New Look with a Few Spooks”

Hey all you ghosts and ghouls, beautiful people, lightworkers and such! Wow, that was quite the diverse greeting, wasn’t it?!

It has been nearly four fantabulous years (June to be a tad more precise 😉 ) since the creation of my site and I thought it was time for a change, one that’s been way overdue. As you can see, there’s a kickass new header image (designed by a very dear friend), shadowed by an adorable black, Gothic background adorned with skulls. And I’ve added a few more pages that were once written articles by me. I decided to upgrade the articles to having their own pages to help encourage people to openly discuss their very own personal paranormal experiences and more. So, I gladly welcome everyone’e interactions with an open mind and open arms.

My site here, sheilareneeparker.com, is non-judgemental and is free of all negativity. As I always say, “Positive Vibes Only”, baby!

Also, just for a little added creepiness, periodically I will be posting on here “Spooky Random Facts @ sheilareneeparker.com” to help sharpen the senses about things that “go bump in the night”. So, stay tuned and join in. Let’s have some spooky fun! I’ll try to keep things at a moderate level, not causing too much fright…. and I’ll even promise not to bite…. well, maybe just a little nibble. A girl’s gotta feed sometime, right?! 😉

 

Get a copy of my novel, The Spirit Within on Amazon!

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

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~ Art by Sheila Renee Parker available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sheilarenee-parker.html

 

 

 

 

 

The Creative Mind

“‘Tis the pen for the writer and the brush for the artist that will help to bring forth one’s inner soul. And I gladly entertain both titles, it’s how my stories are told.”

~ Sheila Renee Parker ~

 

 

As I’m always saying… the creative mind never rests. Regardless of how one chooses to express their creativity, a myriad of emotions can be transformed in so many ways. Just like with my writing, I also find great joy immersing in art as I described in a previous article titled, “Artful Expressions”.

Here on my site I’ve created a page (Poetry & Art) specifically for the display of my art, which has received such amazing feedback from so many of you and I greatly appreciate all the kind words! Each and every single one of you are my inspiration, so THANK YOU!!! 🙂

Many have asked if my art is available for sale and the answer is a very happy yes!!I  Prints can be purchased at…. https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sheilarenee-parker.html

I can also do special request pieces of art. All one has to do is send the request to me via my link at Contact Sheila Renee Parker.

 

Cheers to all the creative minds! Keep the expressions flowing for all the world to see!!

 

~ Love & Light, Sheila ❤

 

 

 

 

Get a copy of my novel, The Spirit Within on Amazon!

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Twitter: @sheilarparker.

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Facebook: Sheila Renee Parker – Author

~ Sheila Renee Parker on Instagram: @sheilareneeparker

~ Art by Sheila Renee Parker available at: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sheilarenee-parker.html