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Shirley Showalter
Works at Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World
Attended Eastern Mennonite University, The University of Texas at Austin; Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents
Lives in Harrisonburg, VA
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Yes! The most amazing thing was the passion for the work, fro both Bowie and Kalanithi.
You that seek what life is in death, Now find it air that once was breath. Baron Brooke Fulke Greville, "Caelica 83" A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis attempts to answer the question What makes a ...
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Sorry I missed the deadline on this book! I too have an interest in visual arts that has not been expressed in years. I feel the desire to draw, paint, and take pictures emerging from inside me.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm going to peruse this site more.
Currently I am taking a painting class with Dennis Perrin/The Perrin Method - Dennis Perrin, Figures in Interiors. It is such an excellent class. Very well organized, lifetime accessible, visually rich and helpful online clas...
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Receive a blessing, send a blessing.
I find US politics almost intolerable to watch these days as common courtesy and civility cave to name-calling and fear-mongering, no matter how hurtful or demeaning to the other. Grasping at straws to do my miniscule part to stem the seemingly unchecked tide of hostility, I came across Jan Richardson’s 2011 Painted Prayerbook post entitled Holy Thursday: Take a Blessing.
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I enjoyed reading the backstory of The Liar's Club. I didn't realize Karr started out as a fiction writer. Will want to read the book to learn more.

So interesting to see both trends. Memoirists taking up fiction. And vice versa.

Congratulations on this review, Susan.
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Shirley, Karr's statement about fiction was this: "What the hell did I know about fiction? Only that it permitted masquerade." I've heard that, as well, from many women writers . . . memoir is an unmasking that they are not comfortable with. Karr never published the fictional book she worked on; it was her writing group that suggested she try the story as memoir.
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Susan, you have a calling to help others find their voices just as you have found your own. Many blessings.
In a workshop on Valentine’s Day writers came with hopes that they might begin to write their stories. They shared their dreams and desires that they and those they loved won’t be forgotten. What is my story about, they asked...
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Thank you, Shirley. I truly never appreciated how wonderful an "encore career" could be . . . I am blessed that I can devote my time and energy to writing and teaching. The rewards are many.
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You've been amazingly productive, Susan. Congratulations. This book sounds like a genre bender!

As for your question, I was greatly inspired by my mother's 1942-45 journal, a great source to access what it was like to be a farm girl growing up in a Mennonite family in PA during WWII.
How many of us have taken a memoir and used it as jumping off point to write a novel? Well, that’s exactly what I did in my forthcoming novel, A Portrait of Love and Honor. It wasn’t my memoir. It was my late husband’s unpubl...
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Thank you for stopping by, Shirley, and sharing your own story about your mother's journal. Genre bender! Ha!  I love it.  

I incorporated John's memoir into a fictionalized love story with the support and encouragement of John and my sons, Alex and Daniel. Perhaps, that is another separate blog post . . . but their agreement and enthusiasm that I take a risk and present their father's memoir in this fashion was crucial to proceeding with this labor of love.
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Thanks for giving me and others another chance, Sue. The book looks wonderful.
Wouldn't you just know it! I had no takers for the book give away and had just deleted the post! I heard from someone that may have wanted it so I'm putting the 'book give away' up again! The book is The Art Spirit by Robert ...
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Hi Shirley! You are the lucky winner of The Art Spirit by Robert Henri! Could you please send me your address and I will mail your book out! Enjoy! Sue
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I felt pulled in by the motion of the ocean and the muse, Susan. I also felt a little nostalgia and a tad of jealousy for what I know was a very rich time. I feel as though I too have shared again in Janet's gracious hospitality.

Sending you all blessings for continued inspiration and connection. That's what it's all about!
Writing retreats are evocative for the writer, portending magic and alchemy. Diving into new story, honoring the creative muse . . . a retreat offers respite from the distractions and pressures of family and the outside world...
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How true that the motion of the ocean pulls us toward creativity and reflection. Blessings to you, too, Shirley, on your writing journey.
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Jane Friedman's advice on how to build an audience. Good stuff!
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This was very helpful. Thanks for sharing it!
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I love this story and this video. Thank you for sharing your moment. And may you have many moments of joy with your daughter this spring.

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I can't believe this gorgeous essay has no comments. I hope this site is still alive. I found you because of the title of this essay. You write beautifully and perfectly express what I was reaching for myself.
image credit: Tilt-Shift Photography    When I was a boy my uncle gave me his complete set of diecast matchbox cars.   There is a photograph of me as a toddler hanging on to our family coffee table, grinning in the flashlight...
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Thanks so much for reading and sharing my article, Shirley. My site is still active. I write often, and I plan to add new articles to my blog soon, so stay posted. —Greig
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Are you having a good day? If not, hope this short post cheers you up!
Children teach us how to live in the moment and enjoy each day to the hilt. Follow along as Owen and Julia make a Very Good Day together on Julia's second birthday.
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Sorry, Cate. I'll be happy to delete your name from my writer's group, and I hope that will solve the problem. But I'm a little mystified, too, about how Google+ works.
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Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World, Sept. 19, 2013
Employment
  • Author, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World
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  • Showalter Consulting Group
    President, Showalter Consulting Group, 2010 - 2012
  • Goshen College
    President, 1996 - 2004
  • The Fetzer Institute
    Vice President-Programs, 2004 - 2010
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Currently
Harrisonburg, VA
Previously
Lititz, PA - Goshen, IN;Kalamazoo, MI; Austin, TX; Falls Church, VA; Chapel Hill, NC - Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Writer, Speaker, Consultant
Introduction
My memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World tells the story of growing up in a special place, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on a dairy farm in the 1950's and 1960's. By writing this childhood memoir, I discovered that the moments that taught me the most were the ones when I was most vulnerable and embarrassed. Book summary below:

Little Shirley Hershey, named for a movie star, grew up with her nose pressed to the window of the glittering world. Three locations shaped her-a family farm, a country school, and Lititz Mennonite Church. She later became a college president and then a foundation executive, but the rosy-cheeked, barefoot farm girl never quite disappeared. As Willa Cather said, "Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen." This childhood memoir tells the story of a girl who might have left the church but found another way.
Bragging rights
Former president of Goshen College, presidential leadership award winner from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Married for 44 years. Mother of two adult children. Grandmother of two.
Education
  • Eastern Mennonite University, The University of Texas at Austin; Harvard University Seminar for New Presidents
    English, 1966 - 1970
  • University of Texas at Austin
    American Civilization, 1972 - 1980
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