IWSG May 2014

Quote of the Day:  Trust the voices, listen to the voices, and the words will come to you when you need them. A summary of what I heard from Colleen Baldrica last night as she spoke to a group of us in Brainerd, MN, and read from her lovely book The Tree Spirited Woman.  For my May 2014 installment with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, I will share part of Colleen’s story with you. At age 17, Colleen’s whole world changed. She got pregnant, married, had a baby, and a few years later was a divorced mother. At age 27, she decided to go to college. Not having given school much effort in the past, she felt she was starting on step one. And, step by step, she earned her degree, became a teacher, then a school counselor, and along the way felt an intense calling to write a book called Tree Spirited Woman. I believe that her Ojibwe roots keep her connected to nature, particularly the trees. She said that she felt the spirit of the trees, heard the voices, and felt a presence much stronger than her own telling her this story. She’d work on it, set it aside, live life, let it rest. Then, she’d hear the voices again, take it out, work on it, and continue on for 10 years, slowly working out the...

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