Yes, I’m tooting my own horn! Because I had been wavering, vacillating. Could I? Would I be able to be active in creative venues that have given me an incredible amount of joy and laughter?
It’s not been a straight path; there are and will be detours, but persistence and support and encouragement from so many people paved the way.
Artists Standing Strong Together is an artists collaboration throughout the US established during the pandemic by Sheila Arnold. As a writer and storyteller I had signed on to participate in one of her many programs. My stroke in August 2021 intervened. I had to delay participation for a year. Sheila kindly kept me on her list and when I said I was ready, she replied. Thank you, Sheila Arnold and all the storytellers, writers, and readers who reminded me I could do this.
First happy happening
I will be a storyteller this Friday, October 7 at Artists Standing Strong Together’s Intergenerational Story Fest on Zoom. Sheila is a wonderful facilitator and storyteller. I’m excited to be a part of this. This is a free event; I did hear that I’ll be the first teller. I hope you can make it.
Event and registration link is below, with Eastern time. Adjust for your time zone.
Artists Standing Strong Together is proud to present a wide array of storytelling programs live online, designed to make storytelling – and story listening – more accessible than ever before: financially accessible, differently-abled accessible, geographically accessible, new listener accessible, and more!
Friday, October 7, 2022
7-9pm (ET)/6-8pm (CT)/5-7pm (MT)
4-6pm (PT)/3-5pm (AKT)/1-3pm (HT)
This is one of four online storytelling programs presented by ASST each month, always free and open to the public.
Second happy happening
Thanks to Penelope Starr for introducing me to the intuitive art program of SoulCollage®. Creating art without words was a big change for someone who is a writer. Making a SoulCollage® card calls for allowing an image to speak to you from an array of images without any preconceived idea or words. Not easy for someone who loves to use words and plan things out quite precisely before beginning a project. To my surprise creating without thoughts beforehand was calming and… yep, fun.
What made this a profound experience was going to SoulCollage® workshops after my stroke when often the words weren’t “there” anyway. I took a chance this summer and submitted an article to SoulCollage® about using my cards as tools for stroke recovery. My article was accepted and is featured in their October 2022 newsletter. Thank you SoulCollage®! I am a writer! And sharing this may help another stroke recovery “thriver.”
Read on. Link to SoulCollage® October newsletter:
Life is Good.
Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and her writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. These days, she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Artists Standing Strong Together, and anywhere there’s a mic or a Zoom room.