Four years ago, Carina Rockland (BA HAS '13) was hospitalized for six weeks with an unknown diagnosis. She had severe abdominal pains and was malnourished, vulnerable to septic shock, and showing no signs of improvement. Just after Carina’s last surgery, weak and perilously underweight, a gifted acupuncturist visited her hospital room and helped Carina feel the first glimmers of healing.
It’s late 2012, and the long-promised death of print (predicted somewhere on a Mayan calendar, I’m told), has yet to happen. I live in Seattle, birthplace of Amazon and the Kindle (full disclosure: I worked for Amazon twice, once from 1998-2000, again from 2004-2007), and yet I still see people leaning against bus stop posts absorbed in paperbacks. I’m lucky to live in a town that boasts two large independent bookstores—Elliott Bay Book Company and University Bookstore—as well as a variety of smaller independents that cater to various neighborhoods and niche interests.
Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
The stories that live in silence very often have the greatest power to transform our world and our understanding of it, when we are given an opportunity to share them and to listen to them.
I had the privilege of representing Goddard at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference this October. I was invited to the conference in Los Angeles by the Chronicle of Higher Education to speak as one of a four- person panel about sustainability in higher education. Approximately 150 people--faculty, students, college presidents, sustainability administrators and trustees attended the session. Goddard was invited as a leader and innovator.
Using one of the abandoned military bunkers on the bluffs of Fort Worden State Park, Misha Penton (MFAIA '13) created a site-specific performance during the fall 2012 residency for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program at our Port Townsend, Washington site. Watch the beautiful video below.
At the end of my self-compassion workshop this semester in the Psychology & Counseling Program I overheard a student saying, "I'm so glad to hear I could just meditate for ten minutes. I always thought it had to be a whole long thing." This blog is for those who thought they could never meditate, like this student, like me, and for those who already have a meditation or yoga-meditation practice.
The faculty, alumni and students of the Goddard College MFAW program are enjoying great success in the publishing, literary and theatrical worlds. Here are their recent accomplishments.
Audio versions of two of Rachel Pollack’s novels “Temporary Agency” and “Godmother Night” will be produced by Audible Books. Rachel also gave a reading at the Namaste Bookshop in New York City of her new book, The New Tarot Handbook.