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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Author Theo Nestor

    in Writing

    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.

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Ernie Boxall

    in Writing

    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. 

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Bob Walicki

    in Writing

    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."

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Pamela Olson

    in Writing

    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.


     


    To tune into the Giving Voice to Your Courage archives, click here. 

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Author Laura Diamond

    in Writing

    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. 


     


     


     


     


     

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Author Karen Elizabeth Lee

    in Family

    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.


     


    To listen to the past episodes of Giving Voice to Your Courage, click here.


     

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with LeeAndra Chergey

    in Family

    Dorit Sasson, creator of Giving Voice to Your Story, interviews LeeAndra Chergey, author of Make a Wish for Me: A Family's Recovery from Autism.


    When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered “normal,” she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey’s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart—and in the process, she learns that being “normal” is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance.Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society.


    We'll talk about the courage it took her to deal with a system that did not support her family and autistic son and the courage it took for her to recover and live life fully. This is a podcast you definitely want to tune into!

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Eileen Flanagan

    in Writing

    Talk about courage! Dorit Sasson, of Giving Voice to Your Story, will interview Eileen Flanagan of the memoir Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope is the story of a spiritual writer and mother of two who, while trying to change the world, unexpectedly finds the courage to change her life. With wit and wisdom, Eileen Flanagan shares the engaging journey that brings her from midlife spiritual crisis to fulfillment and hope—and, briefly, to jail. 


     


    Specifically, we'll talk about the journey that led Eileen to become a leader of a group that uses civil disobedience and similar tactics to fight climate change. The book starts with my first act of civil disobedience, when I handcuffed my wrist to the White House fence along with 47 other people (including Daryl Hannah). You can read an excerpt: http://eileenflanagan.com/renewable/excerpt/

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Jo Ivester

    in Writing

    Dorit Sasson, of Giving Voice to Your Courage, interviews Jo Ivester, author of The Outskirts of Hope: A Memoir of the 1960s Deep South about her personal family journey with courage to the segregated American South. One of only two white families, and the only Jews, in all-black Mound Bayou, Mississippi in 1967, where Ivester and her family had a unique, front-row view of America during one of its most racially tumultuous eras. The Outskirts of Hope chronicles the experience and how her mother, who became a teacher, inspired the entire Mound Bayou community.


     


    The Outskirts of Hope was called “a sensitive and powerful memoir of racial change in the South in the 1960s” by Booklist, and has continued to receive national attention since its release. Ivester has spoken on NPR’s “The Author’s Corner” and “Texas Standard,” and has been featured in the Austin Chronicle, Miami Herald, and many other media outlets.

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    THE GREAT ECCIESIA, CAST YOUR VOTE FOR JESUS

    in Religion

    The only way we can vote in America is to be a citizen. This give us to make a choice, with CHRIST he has given us a chance to vote for him in the greatest election ever. Let us hear about his qualifications. I
    It is time to choose CHRIST.

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    Giving Voice to Your Courage with Memoirist Kelly Kittel

    in Writing

    It's always difficult to move on after the death of a child. On today's show of Giving Voice to Your Courage, Dorit Sasson interview memoirist Kelly Kittel on the courage it took for her to move past grief and loss in her memoir Breathe.