Happy birthday to Harry Jim!
During my time in Puna I was honored to meet HARRY UHANE JIM, author, teacher and healer. A mutual friend introduced me to Harry and his wife one morning at the park in Kapoho. I will always treasure that memory!
A PODCAST INTRODUCTION:
"Of Bergholz Bondage"
Good news! THE PLAIN PEOPLE'S PODCAST has returned for a new season! Available via Apple, Spotify, iTunes and all platforms where you get your podcasts.
The first episode embedded below:
April is my 5 year anniversary of attending Centers for Spiritual Living! Grateful for all of my friends made along the way! A lovely reading of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken" (15:12 mark) at today's East Hawaii Center for Spiritual Living service:
April is National Poetry Month! Join the celebration here!
Here are several recent works of mine:
MARCH 2020 / JUNE 2020 available as free e-books!
IceFloe Press: MOTHER / SERVICE / VOICE Series THE NINTH GARDEN with a painting by Moira J. Saucer
#MARTYRMIRRORS: A VISUAL POETRY SERIES
Every day I ask myself How am I feeling
This life hack is a way to find my balance and stay grounded. Spring is here again, I am currently planting intentions and investing in myself as an artist. Traveling for the last few years has left me wanting to "settle down" for a period of time, write and surround myself with art and creativity.
There is no place in the world like Detroit, one of the most inspiring creative hot spots on the planet. There are so many brilliant artists, writers, musicians in this city. (Thank you to everyone at U.I.O. for your investment in me!)
I have been attending the DETROIT CSL (Zoom) service since arriving here, thank you everyone at Detroit CSL for your welcome! I am hoping to guest on a spiritual themed podcast next month, details TBA.
Attending CSL for 5 years now, I never imagined I would be a part of any church after leaving the Amish in my teens! Yet... so it is!
I have always considered myself to be a spiritual seeker, one of the most beautiful and profound books I have ever read was The Bowl of Light, which changed my life as did studying at Pu'uhonua o Pu'uhuluhulu. I have studied Buddhism and Taizé faith as well as connecting with my ancestors' Anabaptist heritage. No matter where you are on your spiritual path you are welcome at CSL.
Thank you to everyone that purchased copies of Sweeter Voices Still, I am so happy to see the acclaim this book has recieved!
ICYMI: I did a recent virtual reading from the anthology (below) via COFFEE WITH ELAM AND MARY (YouTube):
I am currently visiting my home state of Michigan and spending time at the Universe Building in Detroit which is fantastic. I am feeling the creative vibes and hope to work on another book in 2021!
For book, poetry news see the Author News page.
My forthcoming AMISH HERITAGE FOUNDATION talk will be available on YouTube, I am so happy to be able to share with you soon.
My recent poem, "Illumination", was published via The New Verse News in Feb, click here.
To any Amish out there wanting a better understanding, please read Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality by John Boswell. I do not have any patience for ignorance but I, once upon a time, was an ignorant Amish kid myself and I know how important it is to educate yourself. When you grow up Amish you do not have any LGBTQ+ role models to look up to. You probably don't even know any out, gay people!
Please support LGBT Amish.com, The Trevor Project both life saving support groups, with resources & outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Amish. The last few years have not been easy for gay Amish, numerous right wing churches are pushing their own agendas on the Amish. Our voices are being heard, regardless of hatemongers with YouTube channels. Don't miss two literary letters by gay Amish men published in Serpent in the Garden and Sweeter Voices Still! Love is stronger than hate!
Writers For Democratic Action (formerly Writers Against Trump): "committed to bringing together the literary community to demand racial and economic justice, champion suffrage for all people, oppose impediments to democratic government, and resist white supremacist, nationalist, and fascist movements. We stand vigilant in the service of the republic to promote the common good."
Happy publication day to SWEETER VOICES STILL! I am so happy for all the buzz and great reviews it has been receiving, updates to come:
LEFT BANK BOOKS DISCUSSION (FB LIVE)
I am also happy to share space with another gay Amish writer, a first for me! Don't miss Letter to the Prodigal Son by Anonymous!
Happy publication day to SWEETER VOICES STILL ! I am so happy for all the buzz and great reviews it has been receiving, updates to come: ...