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In this episode of Giving Voice to Your Courage, I'll be speaking with Theo Pauline Nestor, author of Writing is my Drink (A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice and How You Can Too.) about the lessons of courage and how they can be applied to everyday living.
Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a 2008 Top Pick for Reading Groups and as a Target “Breakout Book.” She holds and MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Washington. Nestor also produces events for writers such as the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, Bird by Bird & Beyond, and the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive, featuring talks by literary leaders such as Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Cameron, and Natalie Goldberg.
Since 2005, Linda Kelly has served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, and one of the oldest and largest of the approximately 700 community foundations in the country. Established in 1925, and now with more than 1,000 funds, the Hartford Foundation ended 2014 with approximately $930 million in endowment assets, and made 1,997 grants totaling $32.5 million over the course of the year.
Linda Kelly is also a board member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the MetroHartford Alliance (Hartford’s Chamber of Commerce and the region’s economic development leader) and is past chair of the Connecticut Network of Community Foundations. She recently served on the Audit Committee and Community Foundation Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations, a national association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. She has spent decades serving a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations in the Greater Hartford area, often in a leadership position.
In this episode of Giving Voice to Your Courage, I'll be interviewing Ernie Boxall who is penning his book about his visit to Israel. We'll be discussing some of the lessons of courage he experienced and how they've transformed him as well as impacted his ability to live courageously and what it means for writing a memoir.
Dorit Sasson of Giving Voice to Your Courage, interviews Bob Walicki, a Pittsburgh based poet and the curator of VERSIFY, a monthly reading series in Pittsburgh, on the role courage has taken him from challenging the traditional roles of what it means to be a sensitive man in a field that looks on his poetic sensitivity as a weakness.
His work has appeared in HEArt, Stone Highway Review, Uppagus, The Kentucky Review,Grasslimb, and on the radio show Prosody. He won 1st runner up in the 2013 Finishing Line Open Chapbook Competition and was awarded finalist in the 2013 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition. He currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). He lives in Verona, PA with his wife, Lynne, and two cats.
Bob Walicki has worked for years in the construction industry and as a plumber. As a poet, he's been the target of prejudices because he didn't fit into those traditional roles. Often he has to hide being a poet in the building trades industry though he says, "recently it's been liberating to write about those experiences in my new chapbook, "The Almost Sound of Snow Falling."
Rosalia Durante, 98, has lived a remarkable life as a teacher and a humanitarian. In 1963-64, she taught spent time in Nigeria, teaching at the Corona International School in Lagos. Decades later, she and her husband became patients to Dr. Yele Aluko, one of her former students. The Charlotte Observer covered the amazing story of their reuinon after many years. Today, Ms. Durante will discuss this story and more on Giving Black Radio.
In this episode of Giving Voice to Your Courage, Dorit Sasson interviews Pamela Olson, memoirist of Fast Times in Palestine..."a moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that's enormously informative yet reads like a novel... Part adventure story, part searing reportage, part love story."
Pamela's story could just be any Westerner's story, even mine.
My relationship with understanding the life in the Middle East was also informed by headlines and stereotypes.
On this episode, we'll talk about the courage it took for Pamela to break free from these stereotypes and to connect with the reality she was thrown into.
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In this episosde of Giving Voice to Your Courage, I'll be interviewing Karen Lee Elizabeth, author of the memoir, The Full Catastrophe about the courage it took to live through an abusive marriage and to subsequently, write about it.
This book conveys Karen's story, a woman who overcame serious adversity of an 'invisible' kind and was able to not only to recover but also to gain from the ordeal. Through the lines of this book, her authentic voice emerges - conveying unutterable suffering, her resilience and her inspirational transformation. A unique document of the indomitable human spirit."
Renos K Papadopoulos, PhD., Jungian Analyst, Professor and Director: Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees,University of Essex. Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist: The Tavistock Clinic, London.
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Adebukola Ajao is an undergraduate senior studying Political Science and Africana Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. As the co-founder of We Are the Ones, a coalition of young people, she strives to create positive social change in communities of color. She was recently appointed as commissioner for the National African American Reparations Commission where she researches reparatory justice. She is also a blogger for Huffington Post Black Voices and has writing forthcoming in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy.
What does it mean to live a fulfilled life? Many will say look at the material items accumulated, others look to the number of friends, while others yet, contend it is simply how happy your family is at any given time.
There are certain actions one can take to insure that no matter the algorithm used you will end up on the happier side of life. Join me as we look at five tips for living a more fulfilled life.
BONUS INTERVIEW: Eleze "Lisa" Thomas-McMillan author of Living Fulfilled The Infectious Joy of Serving Others
SHOW SPONSOR: Inspirational Productions
MUSIC SPONSOR: Triumph by JaneliaSoul also available on Amazon
Jabari Asim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an author, poet, playwright, and an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has written 12 books, the most recent is Only The Strong, a novel.
Since 2007, he has been Editor-in-Chief of The Crisis magazine founded in 1910 by W.E.B. Du Bois and published by the NAACP. Asim was awarded a fellowship in nonfiction by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2009. From 1996-2007 Asim served as deputy editor of The Washington Post book review, as well as children's book editor and poetry editor, and as editor of The Washington Post's Education Review. He was a syndicated columnist on political and social issues for The Washington Post Writers Group for three years. Asim is a former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. He was Scholar-in-Residence in African-American Studies and in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2008-2010.
Although it seems to be a given to help someone else in need, it takes great courage to go beyond our comfort zones and follow the morally "right" way that defies our own values and upbringing. Laura Nicole Diamond, author of the heartrending debut of Shelter Us examines how two women from different worlds break convention to bridge the apparent chasm that divides their lives, and the courage it takes to bridge that gap.
On this episode, we'll discuss the courage it took for her to write this special novel and what are some of the lessons of courage Laura got from writing it.
Click here to listen to past episodes of interviews with authors who are giving voice to their courage including my interview with Julia Cameron famous for The Artist's Way.
Bruce is a visionary, entrepreneur, speaker, author, panelist, executive producer, writer, poet, consultant and social activist. He is the recipient of many awards, including a Peabody, a Milky, an Upscale Showcase, a Trail Blazer, and many others.
Bruce says his activisim is concerned with uplifting people in struggle. His recently trademarked the phrase, "Genius is Common," which can be found on a number of products and licensed in six states.
Bruce joins New England Blacks in Philanthropy to kickoff 100 Days of Giving Black, and share his advice on what giving means to him.
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