In a world filled with distressing news, finding ways to rejoice in the simple, everyday things that happen isn't a luxury, it's critical for one's well being. If you really look, you can find plenty of reasons to feel gratitude and hope, peace and joy, but we all need a little help sometimes.
Today's special guest, Irene O'Garden, actress, playwright, artist, poet, and award-winning writer, reminds us of the radiance of human existence. In her book Glad to Be Human: Adventures in Optimism there is one simple message: Through contemplation, meditation and with literary style, you're invited to view life through a positive leans. From small daily activities to journey's overseas, O'Garden has a knack for finding beauty and meaning in all life's adventures--even in our deepest pain and suffering--helping all of us feel glad to be human.
Yes, there is a lot of breaking news in our lives right now. Everyone needs a break now and then from the anxiety and discomfort of the current national conversation. This is a simple, necessary invitation to take a little break to just breathe, relax a little, and regroup to get grounded.
Irene O'Garden has won--or been nominated for--prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, children's books, as well as literary magazines and anthologies. Her critically acclaimed play Women on Fire (Samuel French), starring Judith Ivey, played to sold-out houses at Off-Broadways' Cherry Lane Theatre, and was nominated for a Lucille Lorgel Award. O'Garden's new memoir, Rising the Rapids: How My Wilderness Adventure Healed My Childhood was published by Mango Press in January 2019.