Notes From My Phone* Reading Event

I had the privilege of participating in this event with 2 of my favorite people/writers at Centenary College here in Shreveport, LA on October 24, 2017. Music was played (by me), poetry recited (by Jennifer Strange), and books read (by Michelle Junot).

Below, listen to the audio of Michelle reading from her most recent memoir (a self-portrait constructed entirely from content in the Notes app on her iPhone) and from the panel discussion among the 3 of us about all things art-making, vulnerability, work and "real" jobs, the value (and confusion) of liberal arts education, health, etc.

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah Duet performed original pieces at Michelle Junot's book reading. Sarah graduated from Centenary in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: New Media. Song Titles: 1. The Times They Are A-Changin' "by Bob Dylan (cover) 2. Allow 3. Lover of Leaving 4. Mercy Make Acquaintance. Sarah is a writer, artist, and musician.

Alumna Michelle Junot reads from her newest book, "Notes from my Phone*." Michelle Junot is the author Notes From My Phone* a self-portrait in her twenties, and of and the floor was always lava, a collection of essays exploring childhood and memory. Her writing has been published in BmoreArt, Welter, Industry Night, The Avenue, Reject, and Baltimore STYLE.
Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot majored in Communication: Professional Writing as well as Dance at Centenary College and then headed to the University of Baltimore where she earned the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing arts. She did the writing, design, and publishing of her first book, and the floor was always lava. Then she slacked off and only did the writing part of her more recent book, Notes From My Phone*, published by Mason Jar Press. She has also published essays in several magazines and currently teaches graphic design and works as Director of Alumni Relations and Assistant Director of Communications at University of Baltimore School of Law.

Sarah Duet

Sarah Duet

 

Jennifer Strange

Jennifer Strange

5 Basic Moves to Improve Your Health

  1. Eat real food. The "foods" that are most popular and most accessible to us today in the U.S. are often not even real food anymore. What are they then? Food-like products chemically engineered to sell, be manufactured at the lowest cost possible, and to keep us wanting more of them. Here's a great guide to the basics of moving toward a healthier diet of the real foods we humans should be eating for optimum health.
  2. Make friends. We're built to connect with each other. There's even evidence linking quality relationships to stronger immune systems, better overall health, and decreased anxiety, depression, and addiction. So seriously, make friends and keep up with your relationships. If you don't know where to start or who to call...well call me. Or come by The Yellow House.
  3. Keep a journal. Expressive writing has real benefits for our mental and physical health! Here's a brief overview of why and how to make a practice of writing to heal.
  4. Exercise. And specifically with yoga if you haven't tried it yet. Yes, even you, men. Yoga is not just some hip fad right now. It's been around for more than 5,000 years and is an ancient science of the unity of body, mind, & spirit that can benefit us by relieving tension, improving strength & flexibility, increasing blood supply, eliminating toxins, lowering blood pressure, raising energy levels, improving mood & brain function, and bettering muscle tone. (That list's not comprehensive, but come on, why wouldn't you give it a try with all those benefits? I've been developing a daily yoga practice little by little for a few months now, and I'm loving it.)
  5. Get educated. And this can be fun! Check out the documentaries below for great overviews of our current food & health situation in the U.S. today. And/or read this article about what the processed food industry doesn't want us to know.

"Gandhi Got Out Again"–A blog you should be reading.

I'm excessively excited to share this news with you...My friend and co-worker Britney Winn Lee is officially writing and sharing the fruit at britneywinnlee.com

I'm loving the name chosen for this blog: Gandhi Got Out Again: A Blog About Intentional Community, which is as creatively extracted from our daily lives in the neighborhood as are the insightful stories that are already being posted, ready for you to read. (Gandhi was the name of one of our chickens at the Yellow House–the one as stubborn & obstinately determined as the human-Gandhi surely was. May they both rest in peace, as chicken-Gandhi just recently passed on.)

This stuff is honest, funny, deep, ironic, empathetic, challenging, & transformative. She's got a knack for keeping an eye focused inward with the other always looking outward...only to fuse the 2 and call us to get better both as individuals and as a society. 

So, check it out when you get a chance. And in addition, you can read an article of Britney's that was recently published online by Red Letter Christians.

 

Thanks for reading!

sd.