Embodiment Storytelling Event June 28, 2020, The Hub on Canal, New Smyrna Beach
“I don’t know why life isn’t constructed to be more seamless and safe…,” Debby quoting author Anne Lamott. Masked up for COVID. LeAnn Shaw with daughter, Ryleigh. “Hands” provided the prompt for our first collection of stories. “Nothing has ever meant more to me than when my hands cared for my children, keeping them safe and creating connections.” LeAnn Shaw. LaToya Carey, Hands: “Opening Doors of Opportunity.” “My hands stretched across the unknown and reached for something,” LaToya Carey. “I saw them as automated solutions, keys to an opening,” LaToya Carey. “My hand collection reminds me of a wonderful time and will always be with me as a fond memory of my mother,” Gayle Breuilly. “My fingers dance across her to the music of one of Chopin’s nocturnes,” Sonja Jean Craig poetically describing a special moment with her kitty. Doris Tomljenovich, Hands: “My Gramma’s Hands.” “Always strong and steady. Everything in its own time,” Doris, quoting her grandmother. “My dad’s large, masculine hands are beautiful, but his huge, loving heart shines as his most endearing quality,” Pamela Ramey Tatum. Pamela had written her story in Jan. 2020, then her father became ill and passed away June 3. It was a beautiful tribute. Doris Tomljenovich, Peter: “Hair parted just so, combed with a wave, always in place.” We made it through our storytelling event despite COVID. Doris’ daughter speaking to LaToya afterwards. A memorable day with some memorable women. Gathering was such a nice reprieve from isolating, even with masks. Doris and LaToya exchanging thoughts after the event. Debby speaking to Eveline Kraljic afterwards. More conversation.
Pop some popcorn and listen to all the stories on
YouTube (1:41). The first collection was inspired by the same body prompt, “Hands,” which my students wrote during the initial week of class. Different body prompts inspired the second collection. Enjoy. Thank you to Kenneth Grant Inzpirations for providing the photographs.