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Anniversary Of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Brings Authors Scarlett Lewis and Anne Lamott Together on The Women’s Eye Radio Show
Almost a Year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, Grieving Mother-Turned-Author Scarlett Lewis, and Acclaimed Author Anne Lamott, Share Their Journey to Healing in the Face of Tragedy
We at The Women’s Eye are honored to be a radio program and website for women to connect with one another and to be able to spread the word about so many amazing people.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
In remembrance of the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, CT, The Women’s Eye Radio Show (TWE) will air two special interviews with authors Anne Lamott and Scarlett Lewis at 3 PM MST on 1480KPHX in Phoenix on December 14th and 15th.
Host Stacey Gualandi speaks with Lewis, mother of 6-year-old Jesse, a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim. She is the author of “Nurturing Healing Love, A Mother’s Journey of Hope and Forgiveness” (Hay House Publishing), a book about her grief, her conscious decision to heal and forgive, and her commitment to cultivate nurturing, educational programs in schools that will teach children how to manage anger.
Intertwining the spiritual connection between healing, well-being and happiness by choice, TWE will also speak with recent Oprah guest and nationally-acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, Anne Lamott.
Deeply affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Lamott will share her personal experiences in finding meaning in the face of violence, as documented in her new book “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair” (Riverhead Books).
Scarlett Lewis’ book, named after her son Jesse’s last written words on a chalkboard at home, “Nurturing Healing Love” has received acclaim from readers and reviewers throughout the world. Discussing her life-changing decision to put Jesse’s words into action, Lewis states, “Jesse’s message was one of comfort for his family and friends, but I also knew that it was a message of inspiration for the world. I feel such a responsibility to spread that message, and that’s my purpose now. I feel very blessed to have it . . . I choose to forgive.”
As the Founder of JesseLewisChooseLove.org, Lewis’ interview also focuses on her work to battle mental health issues. Partnering with school educators, Lewis is providing mindful curriculum in anger management, communication and nurturing skills, aimed at helping future generations in the fight against violence. “This whole tragedy started with an angry thought. I pictured Adam Lanza as a little boy with this one angry thought in his head, which is totally normal, except that Adam didn’t have the tools to deal with it. He decided to blame his parents, his teachers the students . . . he became a victim of his own blame, and I believe prolonged victimization leads to rage. . . . but a thought can be changed,” says Lewis.
Following TWE’s interview with Lewis, Gualandi speaks with author Anne Lamott regarding the inspiration for “Stitches”. Stemming from her desire to explain the tragic events of Newtown, CT to her Sunday school class, “Stitches” tackles the calamity of the Sandy Hook shootings, which she considers to be more harrowing than 9/11. “I thought it was the end of the world . . . It was madness.” On sharing and supporting one another through the experience of loss and grief, Lamott says, “A lot of my book is about paying attention, forgiving yourself and finding out who you aren’t. There are so many different kinds of ways that we stitch and quilt and provide for one another . . . life is about taking care of each other. We have been stitched together our whole lives whether we know it or not.”
“Being on the show with Anne Lamott is my Christmas gift from Jesse,” said Lewis. “I read Stitches and I think it’s an important book. I think people are looking for meaning and I hope they find it in both ‘Stitches’ and ‘Nurturing, Healing Love’.”
Commenting on these timely interviews, TWE Producer Pamela Burke states, “Scarlett and Anne are incredibly inspiring women who were deeply and uniquely affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. We are thankful that through their reflections and words of wisdom, we can begin to understand how to deal with violence like this, and move forward with a spirit of compassion and cooperation. We at The Women’s Eye are honored to be a radio program and website for women to connect with one another and to be able to spread the word about so many amazing people.”
TWE will rebroadcast this special program on 1480KPHX (1480) AM in PHOENIX, AZ and live-stream through 1480KPHX.com on January 11th and 12th at 3 PM MST.
About The Women’s Eye: Pamela Burke has been a Producer and/or Executive for NBC, LIFETIME Cable Network, USA Network, Gannett, King World and CBS, A&E Cable Network and DISCOVERY Planet Green. Industry insider Stacey Gualandi is currently a Reporter for KTNV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas. Her credits include Inside Edition, TV Guide Network, Hallmark Channel, and EXTRA. The Women’s Eye website launched in 2010 to share the positive work of women throughout the globe.
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UPDATE 11/28/13: LIVE from New Zealand, Patricia launches her book in Wellington
By Bridget Stangland/November 24, 2013
“I was hungry. Suddenly, I had to make it, and I wasn’t going to arrive wherever I was going by coasting. This dream I believed I had—and I still wasn’t sure what it was—would have to be real.” Patricia Sexton
Everyone has a dream. Whether large or small, these dreams are what can motivate people in their daily lives. However, some never take the leap of faith to follow them. Patricia Sexton is an individual who took her leap. She’s the author of the popular blog and book, LIVE from Mongolia. I was excited to have the opportunity to speak with Patricia recently while she was in America touring for her book before returning to her home in New Zealand.
It was not only a time to learn about her journey, but also a chance to ask her questions that could lead to answers and inspiration for me. My college graduation is right around the corner, and I have this dream to become a broadcast journalist like Patricia. But where do I start?
Do I take the first well-paying corporate job that I am offered? Where do I live? Should I travel? Should I take the leap and follow my dreams? There could not have been a more perfect time to speak with her.
Patricia was thirty-years-old and working as a successful banker on Wall Street. She had it all by New York standards: an amazing job, a loft apartment in Union Square, and the ability to walk into an art studio, find her favorite painting and pay cash.
But she knew that this was not the life for her every time that she turned on CNN and saw Christiane Amanpour reporting live from Baghdad. She yearned for the life of a journalist, reporting on war zones in a foreign country.
Patricia had made a promise to herself to quit her job by the age of the 30 to pursue her dreams. One day her friend convinced her to take a public speaking course. At 26, Sexton decided to take the challenge. On her first day Sexton was required to talk about the currency system for two minutes and in her words “bombed’ it. The instructor stared at her and let her know that the following class she would have to come back and speak for five minutes rather than two.
The next day Sexton returned and started her 5-minute speech with this obscure line: “Have you ever held the hand of a monkey in a rain forest?” Thus she began her speech about her love of travel, adventure and journalism.
By the end of her talk, the class gave her a standing ovation, and in that moment Sexton knew she had to follow her passion. She remembers her instructor asking her if Wall Street was really what she wanted in life. She knew it wasn’t, but continued for five more years to work there.
Just shy of 31, knowing she was about to break her promise, Sexton snapped. She had made a phone call to a hedge fund client and received the standard Wall Street rage she was used to hearing. The client hung up on her, and she ran to the bathroom and wept on the floor, thinking to herself, “What am I still doing here?”
She stood up, wiped the tears off her face, walked onto the trading floor and googled three words: Journalism Internship Asia. On her screen popped up Television Internship Mongolia. Three months later Sexton was on an airplane headed to the far corners of the world where she interned as a national broadcaster in Mongolia.
Patricia on Mongolian TV in English
This internship led to a day Sexton will never forget when she got a shot at becoming the anchor for the Mongolian National Public Broadcaster Network. There is not a day that goes by where she does not remember the experience. She now gets to share it with others in her new book and on her blog.
Patricia told me that she hasn’t regretted the decision to go to Mongolia for one second. “But did you have moments of doubt and fear?” I asked her. “I think I had ‘What am I doing?’ moments every single day, and it wasn’t just in Mongolia, ” she said. “It was in New York, wherever I went. You see, I no longer had to ‘be’ anywhere at 7:00 in the morning. It didn’t matter to anyone but me if I finished a blog post, or if I wrote LIVE from Mongolia in the morning or afternoon or not at all. But the only way I was going to succeed was to keep going. In Mongolia, in particular, because I was so far away from home, I was really outside of my comfort zone. But sometimes that’s the very best place to be.”
“Everything in it—the art, the designer furniture, even the air-conditioning—reminded me that I was existing on borrowed time, perhaps a borrowed life.”
During one of those times of doubt, Sexton’s best friend, Meghann said to her,” If you stay in banking one thing can happen. But if you go, anything can happen.” That stunned Patricia into silent deliberation. It also really spoke to me.
I think the fear of the unknown is what scares and excites people. It seems to easy to get trapped into the daily routine of comfort, but what is these routines prevent us from a life of fulfillment and adventure?
“Remember that apartment I told you about, my dream home in my dream city, the room-with-a-view sort of place?” Patricia asked. ”As I wrote in my last blog, my Manhattan apartment had been my dream, but it was quickly turning into my prison. Everything in it—the art, the designer furniture, even the air-conditioning—reminded me that I was existing on borrowed time, perhaps a borrowed life.”
As much as she loved her home, she couldn’t love it as much as she hated a life unlived. “No longer on a banker’s salary, and without the comfort of a tidy profit on my housing investment, I was hungry,” she said. “Suddenly, I had to make it, and I wasn’t going to arrive wherever I was going by coasting. This dream I believed I had—and I still wasn’t sure what it was—would have to be real.”
Sexton also explained that in order to succeed and be satisfied in what you do, you must be open to different ideas. She ideally wanted to be working in a war zone, but instead was reporting from Mongolia on lighter topics, but she still found herself feeling accomplished and meeting individuals that inspired her along the way.
One particular event that Sexton won’t forget was the costume party in Hong Kong where dressed as Snow White, she met her soon-to-be husband, Jessie, in the costume-crazed crowds. She said the moment she saw him there was an instant feeling in her gut when she knew he was going to be someone special, even while he was dressed as Hugh Hefner that day.
The two both now have a daughter and chose New Zealand to locate their family permanently. Her husband was raised in Wellington so it holds a special place in their hearts.
Towards the end of my conversation, I asked her what it was about her that made her thrive as a journalist. “Professionally, I’d describe myself as ‘curious,’” she said. “I am curious about other people, about their lives and their dreams. Everyone I’ve interviewed, from North Korea to Siberia and Cincinnati, has dreams. But everyone also has obstacles. I’m curious to know how we choose to overcome them to make our dreams come true. I would also describe myself as ‘excited.’”
Curiosity and excitement are exactly what keep Sexton flourishing in her career. She is excited to see what the future holds. Currently she is touring for LIVE from Mongolia and inspiring others to chase their dreams. Wanting to highlight others who follow theirs, she began hosting her own show, WE Talk.
Patricia on WE Talk Show
Last, but not least, I asked Patricia for advice on how I can take my first step towards approaching my dreams after I graduate college. “Best piece of advice,” she replied, “is to try to take a baby step in the direction of your dream. You’ll know if it feels right. You’ll want to keep going! If it doesn’t feel right, take a baby step in a different direction.”
Sexton took a huge step out of New York and into Mongolia and a life she knew she always wanted. I will be taking my first baby step next summer out of the safe cocoon of college life to that of a young professional. I can’t say yet which direction specifically my feet will point towards. What I do know is that my post grad journey will include finding and following my passion. Thank you, Patricia, for your inspiration!
Bridget Stangland @bridgestang) is a soon-to-be a graduate of Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, CA. Writer, gourmet foodie, traveler, hostess, adventurer, and swimmer are some of the titles Bridget goes by. Growing up in a large close family netted a genuine interest in discovering the varying journeys of others. She is committed to increasing awareness of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Special Olympics organization.
By Laurie McAndish King/November 10, 2013
“People ask why I called the new book “Stitches.” It’s because when we are stuck, or lost, or too sad, we can take one stitch.” Anne Lamott
“I wrote this book accidentally,” Anne Lamott explains. Two days after Newtown (the site of the December, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy), Lamott found herself in her regular Sunday School class, wondering What am I going to tell these children? Where do we even start?
But Anne did know what to say. A popular novelist, essayist, memoirist and political advocate, she has been inspiring people with her words for more than twenty years. Tell them the truth, Anne reminded herself. Start where you are. Breathe. Stitch things together. And so Lamott’s latest book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair (Riverhead Books), was born.
I heard Lamott speak recently at Book Passage at the beginning of her book tour for Stitches. She didn’t read much from the new book. “I don’t like long readings myself,” Anne insists. “I can’t really follow them. Especially if they’re my own.”
But we got to hear her talk about meaning, about resurrection after impossibly difficult events and about the genesis of the book. “People ask why I called the new book Stitches. It’s because when we are stuck, or lost, or too sad, we can take one stitch.”
Her favorite quotation from the book: “Love is the question: How can it possibly be enough in this time, in the face of such tragedy, loss or evil? And it is the answer: It will be. How can this family or town make a comeback? The next right action, the breath of time passing, love. Go figure.”
Go figure, indeed. Stitches may have been an accident, but Lamott’s devoted readers eagerly awaited every word. Her 62,000 Twitter (@ANNELAMOTT) followers and nearly 147,000 Facebook friends write things like “You are truly inspiring and making me feel safe to shine” and “I need your wisdom like a blood transfusion!” and “YAY!!!!! My preordered Stitches just appeared in my iBooks!!!!! HAPPY TUESDAY!!!!!” They love her.
Anne on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday/OWN
They love Lamott for her chatty tweets: “My plan to look more like Kerry Washington by book tour is NOT going as well as had been hoped. The shoes are emerging as a real problem.” They love her offbeat wisdom: “I am starting to think that this body is the one I am going to have the entire time I am here.” They love her appreciation of what used to be called women’s professions: “I believe teachers and nurses are the most astonishing people, and they will get the best places in heaven, right next to the Godiva fountain.”
And they love being involved in her life. On October 27th, for example, Lamott tweeted more than forty times, and followers learned that her computer had the vapors; she had forgotten the subtitle to her own book while speaking in front of 1,000 people at a Kidney Foundation luncheon; she had locked herself out of her car at Walgreen’s after live-tweeting on Oprah; and that she considered William Blake’s saying that we are here “to learn to endure the beams of love” a “most major WOW.”
Anne on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday/OWN
It is, in part, because of her fans that Lamott has been called the “People’s Author.” Stitches will continue the tradition. On her Facebook page, Lamott said that People Magazine gave it four stars and called it her “pithiest, most insightful book yet.” Her social media audience is buzzing, “It’s like you are reaching down into the essence of my soul,” and “Anne Lamott you are a gift to us all! Thank you for blessing my morning.”
What is it that they are getting from her? The writers in the audience, myself among them, have long appreciated Lamott’s wise counsel in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. We like seeing her onstage, wearing the exact same twisted lilac bandana and white moon and star necklaces she wore recently on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, telling us what her writing life is like.
“I’m always reading poetry…. I’ve never once been in the mood to write…. When you do get published it can be devastating. It’s mostly about nothing happening. Today is my publication date; nothing happened. I felt that God came by and told me I should eat a lot.”
But Anne’s range extends far beyond writing advice. She offers comfort. Fellowship. Meaning. “Where is the meaning after Newtown?”
Lamott asks. “Where is the meaning when your wife dies in her thirties—way too young? Where is the meaning when you get the bad phone call? …The meaning is in divine love, as it is expressed in human love. It’s hard to articulate, so we tell stories.”
Anne tells us those stories. Stories about getting lost: “I’m always lost. My son got me GPS and OnStar, but I hate to bother them.” And there are her stories about growing older: “It all goes so fast! I’ll be 60 next year—I’ll be fifty-ten next year.” And stories about stitching things back together, about offering “just a couple of stitches for that very torn, raggedy day.” This book may have been written by accident, but readers are grateful for the compassion and understanding that it offers.
We’re looking forward to Anne joining us on TWE Radio in December. We’ll let you know when you can hear her on 1480KPHX or streaming on 1480KPHX.com. Podcasts will be available and the interview with Stacey will be on iTunes.