My “girls” at Mary’s Place last Saturday, at journal writing workshop. We wrote from a mental picture of our young selves, telling the little girl in us “you don’t know you will…” and we added one magical realism “you don’t know” which conjured up some wonderful fantastic fun… “don’t know you will win a Nobel Peace Prize, “ etc. A very creative group of women, full of amazing spiritual gifts.
Here’s to my lovely girls who did a journal writing session with me recently at Mary’s Place. We had fun, didn’t we, writing about My Mother’s Kitchen, with a prompt of fresh herbs?- last cuttings from my herb garden, tangerine sage, parsley, celerac, thyme, rosemary, fennel and a few others.
I told my story, “Are You Foaming At the Mouth Yet?” at the New Jersey Storytellers Project at the Asbury Park Hotel in Asbury Park, on Wednesday, September 19th, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (A story about the time I had to get rabies shots).
“I picked up a kitten at a local park and it scratched me.” Could I be exposed to rabies?
This is my journey through the challenge of receiving rabies shots. My storytelling concludes when I’ve rushed to the hospital with my two young sons that last morning to get my final shot — shot number 11, and outside the hospital windows, Hurricane Irene is fast approaching.
I taught a journal writing session on Friday for four remarkable women at Mary’s Place in Ocean Grove. Our prompt was one if my favorites, write about ” MY MOTHER’S KITCHEN,” (or Grandma’s kitchen) using a spice, something green, etc., etc. and we used herbs I’d picked from my garden that morning to give our pieces additional flavor. These women are so real and authentic; thanks to Blanche, Gilda, Grace and Pamela, all so talented and filled with good humor, too.
Journaling workshops will be taking place at Mary’s Place in Ocean Grove in July and August, 2018.
*Presentation, power-point (talk and questions) at Whitesbog Barrel Factory, Annual Blueberry Festival, Saturday, June 23, 2018.
*Book signing and storytelling, “The Blueberry Girl,” June 23, 2018 at 35th annual Whitesbog Village Blueberry Festival, 120 W. Whites Bog Rd., Browns Mills, N.J.