This episode is going to be short. I have other projects that need my attention at the moment.
But first, I want to tell you that last night my husband and some of my acting students and I went to see my colleague, Dave’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s his Masters project. It’s the third adaptation of a Shakespeare play he’s done that I’ve seen and thought was fabulous. You know I love stories and Shakespeare is one of the most fabulous storytellers who ever lived. To me Shakespeare’s plays point out the best and worst in human behavior and emotions. On one level, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a romp with mischievous fairies playing tricks on humans. On another level it’s about, as Dave wrote in the Director’s Notes, “… a chance to believe in magic, the power of love, the power of change, the joy in fearlessly doing what we know is right even when we have to face the consequences for it.”
There have been many times in my life when I did what I knew was right for me even though many people around me didn’t understand my choices. I quit a secure job to follow a feeling that I was meant to do something other than teaching full-time for another 12 to 14 years. I thought I was meant to be a writer at first, and I do write, but the writing led me to podcasting and sharing my passion for the lessons we can learn from the stories we consume.
Now I’m expanding my story passion to build a community of people who also love and learn from stories. I want a group discussion. That’s why I started my Patreon community last weekend. I’m adding the unedited audio conversation that is my first Patreon post here for your enjoyment. The edited version won’t air on Story-Power until February 2023. I hope you will go read Teri Brown’s book Sunflowers Beneath the Snow since it’s about Ukraine. It takes place between 1973 and 2016. It’s about three generations of women in one family and their differing experiences and viewpoints about their circumstances. I felt as if I was living in Ukraine with the characters, Ivanna, Yetsy, and Ionna as the Soviet Union falls and Ukraine struggles to create a viable government. I hope you’ll read the book. I think it’s fantastic and so timely for what’s happening now.
If you like my conversation with Teri, you can become a patron at patreon.com/StoryPower for a minimal monthly fee. I’m planning a live chat with Teri about her book once I get patrons. I hope you’ll join us, because I have other authors lined up for live chats as well as other special things planned for my community. For example, discussion boards where you can suggest stories to the other members of the community you have enjoyed. I’ll also offer extended podcast episodes, and more as I develop the group.
I have two more weeks of teaching this semester and then it’s full blast on editing podcast episodes and building a community at Patreon. After so much time worrying about the pandemic, I’m happy to be connecting with people and having lively discussions again.
I hope your Spring/Autumn is energizing.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2022
As many of you know, I’ve been busy with my podcast, Story-Power, which I started in July of 2020. It was going great for about 10 months. I had lots of former students, colleagues, friends, and family to have as guests, but eventually I ran out of guest ideas. I was feeling a little bit of panic. My one year anniversary was approaching. I loved doing the podcast so much, but I needed guests. Fortunately, out of the blue, I received an email from PodMatch inviting me to join their podcasting “dating service” as I call it. I loved that they suggested matches for me and made it easy to schedule guests. Soon, I had so many guests lined up that I was working several months out. It’s been like that ever since.
I also liked that I could also sign up to be a guest on other people’s podcasts. I’m so happy to be a member of PodMatch that I want to share this wonderful platform with all of you. I love their mission to help promote conversations. I love that! I have been able to chat with people from all over the world, learning about their cultures, and points of view.
If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a chat.
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