Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash By Joan Ridsdel “I discovered that a fresh start is a process. A fresh start is a journey—a journey that requires a plan.” – Vivian Jokotade I was wandering around the bookstore some time ago, taking my time to browse through the shelves of so many intriguing-looking books, when a woman about my height and age caught my eye. She seemed immersed in the book she was holding, oblivious to anyone around her. I was glad because I didn’t want her to catch me watching her. You know how it is when you look up and someone’s looking [...]
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Photo by Heidi McClelland of Heidi McClelland Photography By Kristen Domingue When we met with Stephanie Willette, manager Ann Arbor Farmers market, we saw a woman who lives on purpose. Her conviction that drove every difficult choice clearly shines through, illuminating a life committed to values in not just thought, but also deed. Like so many of the women we feature on the cover of The Brick, Stephanie’s life showcases what’s possible when we organically follow our passion, one decision at a time—without needing to have an “end-goal” in mind. How it all started I did not think I would end [...]
Photo by Christian Fregnan on Unsplash by Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC Hello? Is the signal coming through? Can you hear what is essential to recognize in your own inner dialogue? Are you attending to exactly what your sweet, beautiful heart is calling out for amid the day-to-day rumblings filling your head? Just what, specifically, does it take for you to listen carefully to yourself? Have you ever really thought about this? How do you heed whatever noteworthy inner messages or intuitive callings you receive? If you can’t first hear yourself and attend to your own deep knowings, how can you expect [...]
By: Jillian Fraioli Out of all the holiday memories, Halloween memories always jump out at me first. My mother loved to go all out. We had a screened-in front porch where she’d tie up sheets splattered with glow-in-the-dark paint, and hang cobwebs and creepy crawlies. She’d take a huge cauldron and get dried ice for the night. She’d dress up as a witch, with scars, teased hair, and full makeup. My father would put up black lights, furthering the effect. Right before the kids would swarm the neighborhood, my mom would start up the cassette player, all set with spooky tunes [...]
By Patti Smith There were three reasons why I created HERsay: I wanted more judgment-free performance opportunities for people; I loathe hearing people say women aren’t funny; and women’s voices need to be heard. I’ve done public speaking my entire adult life, and it is never not scary. But stories need to be told and there are never enough places for public telling. Our local storytellers’ guild does an outstanding job of providing safe spaces for storytelling, and opportunities arise now and again, but I wanted something for all types of artists — visual artists, musicians, poets, actors, improvisers. There must be [...]
By: Sharon Lawlor While traveling over the summer with my ten-year-old daughter and husband, I was taken back to the days when I was a young girl traveling with my family — no maps pulled up at the press of a finger, no Siri telling you where to go. In today’s world, one can turn on their maps app, enter where they want to go, and basically slip into autopilot, knowing that the phone will direct you step-by-step along the way. There is such a tunnel vision that happens here. Not even for a moment do we pause to wonder what [...]