As of today, I’ve actually published 605 blog posts and I’ve come to understand that we, each of us, have our stories to tell. And when we are allowed to tell them, when someone listens and we are heard, there is power in that—power that can heal and even change the trajectory of a life.
Have any of you seen the movie The Freedom Writers? (see Freedom Writers Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT0L1U-Rdj4) It stars Hilary Swank and is based on a true story. Erin Gruwell (Swank) is a first-time teacher in a school that is rife with gang violence. She finally gets through to her students when she gives each of them a journal and the assignment to write about their lives every day. She promises not to read them unless the student gives permission. But all the students want their stories read. And as it turns out, the simple act of writing their stories and sharing them, changed their lives.
Some of you have shared at least part of your story with me. Many of you have written to me about your dreams and your desire to pursue them. I’d like to give each of you a “digital journal” and ask that you write in it every day. Like Erin Gruwell, I won’t read them unless you want me to. But I dearly hope some of you will send me your stories using the Contact form on the blog (click here to go to the Contact form: http://high-road-artist.com/contact-2/). I will post, on the blog, any of them that resonate with me. PLEASE write!
Telling our story is an important part of being human I believe. I hope you’re willing to tell yours and to share it with this HRA blog community.
Here is my story in order, top to bottom:
And here are the top 10 blog posts since the HRA blog began:
Absolutely the Very Best Barbequed Pork Ribs Ever! (5,374 visits)
Why is Love Important? (4,140 visits)
A Poem by Mother Teresa (4,103 visits)
Decadence At Evoke Contemporary Gallery, Sante Fe (3,795 visits)
UpCycled Fashion: Cutting Edge Clothing With a Conscience (3,675 visits)
How To Sell Your Art (3,159 visits)
Rescued Baby Chipmunks (2,640 visits)
Is Art Product or Process? (2,625 visits)
Why is Art Important? (2,604 visits)
Dog Days and Summer Monsoons (2,593 visits)
It’s lovely to have you all in my life. Here’s to 600 more posts, many of which I’m hoping will be your diverse stories.
Love to you all,