Courage doesn’t always roar – Mary Anne Radmacher
I have great admiration for people who quietly go about their business without fanfare, and with sustained impact.
When I was signing up for Create Sessions at camp, I had no hesitation in selecting Maya Stein’s Writing with Whimsy. I shared one of her poems here, in the early days of this blog.
Little did I know I’d encounter a tag team act (Maya and Amy Tingle) who, through their shared art and writing projects, are changing the world, one story at a time.
Little did I also know that I would have the pleasure of capturing their spirit in my photographs. And make a quiet and strong connection. Thank you two so much for noticing.
Here are links to some of the projects of Maya and Amy that have made, and are making, a real difference at the heart of things.
Brave Girls Art
and Food for the Soul Train where MAUDE (Mobile Art Unit Designed for Everyone) is the vehicle for bringing community and creativity together. This is what Maude the restored vintage caravan looks like on the inside. Maya and Amy brought MAUDE to camp with them on her maiden voyage.
This past week was my first ever encounter with fried green tomatoes.
This little food snap means more than how good they tasted. It reminds me of strong connections made, laughter, shared stories and aspirations, and two new friends from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
When I’m living life, that’s when the poems come. – Glenis Redmond
Glenis Redmond writes what she calls poems of origin. She brings her whole self to her poetry performances. She helps others who need to tell their stories. She does not suppress ‘the shadow side’ of life and exhorts other writers to tell all of their story.
My usual pattern when I see and hear people whose work I admire is to hold back, to not want to intrude or be considered a fawning fan. Even when Glenis was sitting at my table after she spoke, I could not bring myself to say anything to her about my appreciation of the impact she makes with her work.
Fortunately, I found her and my courage later that afternoon as she was waiting for the lift/elevator. She was gracious and heard me. Then she said, “Stay in touch”.
Stay in touch. That’s one of the biggest lessons I learned on this amazing weekend. Stay in touch. With yourself and with others.
Glenis’ TEDx Greenville talk includes her signature poem, Mama’s Magic. Do yourself a favour and hear this.
Many people fail because they quit too soon.
Focal dystonia is an insidious condition, a progressive loss of muscular control in highly practiced movements. If you were an accomplished acoustic guitarist at the top of your game, a diagnosis of focal dystonia would, understandably, leave you in a dark place wondering how you could possibly not be able to play your instrument and be who you are.
Billy McLaughlin is another person who shared his work at Patti Digh’s DYLC last weekend in Georgia. By teaching himself to play guitar another way, he has brought joy back to himself and to others. Here’s a link to Billy’s TEDx Atlanta talk. It’s inspiring. He plays mostly with his eyes closed because he says he can see the music better that way. You can hear it better that way too.