Isabel, Maya & May:
Turning The Writing Wheel of Life
"I was ending a marriage that had dragged on too long. It was a time for me to reflect upon love and relationships, romance and passion, ageing, memory, loss. The things that changed the direction of my life have been totally out of my control: my father abandoning me, my mother marrying a diplomat, the military coup, my daughter’s death". Isabel Allende
"Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike." Maya Angelou
"At seventy, I do not feel old at all, not as much a survivor as a person still on her way. This is the best time of my life. I am more myself than I have ever been. There is less conflict. have less self-doubt to conquer. I am happier, more balanced, and more powerful. More able to use my powers. I am surer of what my life is all about." May Sarton
When it is said that you've turned a certain age what does that mean? Is it like turning a page, turning on a light, or turning the corner? As your years reflect the past they also illuminate the dark light of the creative unknown ahead.
You may have turned the corner on health and healing, love, loss and learning to let go. You may have turned left or right when your mind maps called for you to drive straight ahead.
You may have turned your life over to family, career or fears and wishes of others. You may turn your thoughts to the stillborn stories and miscarried dreams you can still taste in the lives of children and in each other.
You are in the driver's seat turning your writing wheel in the directions you desire. Along the way you will be ignited and inspired by the well-lived lives of Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou and May Sarton. They will be your guides on magical realism roads to travel, wondrous poetry passageways, and journal junctions to embrace.
Come grab the wheel of your writing life - it's your turn!
Dorothy Randall Gray
Author of bestseller Soul Between The Lines (Avon/HarperCollins), inspirational teacher, award-winning visual artist, and LA Poet-in-Residence. Dorothy's publications include Muse Blues, The Passion Collection, Woman, Fierce With Reality, Family, Tamarinda, Sharing the Same Sky, as well as numerous anthologies and literary journals. She is ED of Women Writers & Artists Matrix, former NYU faculty, and Hunter College Poet-in-Residence. Her writing and healing workshops serve professional writers, incarcerated and homeless populations, veterans, at-risk youth, and post graduate students through PEN America, United Nations, Skidmore College, and Columbia University. A global activist, Dorothy changes the world one word at a time. DorothyRandallGray.com