Saturday, July 30, 2016

Haiku for Sleeping

Oh, good. Time to sleep
So I wait, my eyelids weigh
Hoping soon to dream


I wait, sleep teases
Plays it cool, takes its time now
Not one to rush in, it taunts


The clock gets louder
Cars pass outside decide to, too
Night turns up volume


1a.m. is when
Tomorrow's to-do list knocks
Thinks its turn has come


Look up to see 4
Leaves me with 2 more hours
of wishing for sleep

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Eyes open to voice
Memory of dream, keys lost
Sleep indeed did call


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You Know What I Miss From All of You? Wordless Wednesdays

(who am i trying to kid. i can't do worldless. it's summer and my kids are all home!)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016




We feel it all, it's one of the reasons that we are writers.

To learn how to be with all the people in the world that we live with means we enter into their world with them. 

We enter through compassion, empathy, walking along and listening to their stories and being witness to life within their communities.

We read, we feel, we see them step through their suffering.

We can't reject some of it, and then only take on this or that on. By being there for their experience is to be a new person for them. Someone who believes in what they tell us that life is like for them.

We need to stay informed, we need to be here for our world.

But some can read, nod sadly for a few minutes, then continue on to the next story. And others, they stay, immersed in the sorrow and struggle and inequality, tragedy, injustice that falls upon others.

We write, we feel the words on our shoulders, and the pictures that others' eyes glance through, become someone's story to us.

To look into these other worlds means we need to monitor our intake. Before we let our only source of input be of horror and inhumanity, we need to seek out more than one window into the world.

Step away and breathe, guard your energy and replenish your oxygen, do it through sleep, rest, art, music, and the decision to not forget to not forget yourself.

And then come back, able to share life together, again.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Here's Where You Can Help

If you believe in America and you believe in justice, diversity and love for humanity, here's where you can put your words into action.

Work to make sure our president on Nov. 8th is one that is for everyone. Our country cannot take on any more bigotry and divisiveness.

I'mWithHer campaign volunteer signup

And, of course, vote, vote. Vote.


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Love Stories? Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee Videos Are Up!

This past May,  LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee held its 4th annual LTYM show at Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre. Our 11 local storytellers came together, from once entering as strangers on a morning of auditions, to a cast whose stories could not have been more seamless had we written them together.

Every year, LTYM MKE stands back amazed at how our cast’s stories flow from one to the next. It astounds, still, after almost five years of bringing LTYM to Milwaukee. Milwaukee is 1 of 41 cities hosting a LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show, and we get chills when we think how in 41 other cities, this same magical bond happens.

We are proud to share the 2016 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER videos, which are now live on LTYM’s YouTube channel. We’ll be sharing individual videos this week on our FB page. We are grateful to our video sponsor local sponsor Orphonic Multimedia. LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee also wishes to thank North American sponsors SheKnows BlogHer ‪#‎BlogHer16‬, Luvs, local media sponsor metroparent magazine, and local sponsor SHOP. *A portion of our ticket sales benefited The Parenting Network, a truly special organization. We were proud to partner with them.

Given the current events, the necessity of hearing each others’ stories has never been more glaring. To step into people's lives is the only way to unite through the lens of community. We are each valuable and we need to see each other that way to realize that.

We are so proud of the LTYM MKE 2016 cast, for their sharing of self, their lives, their words, and their commitment to building bridges and coming together in our community.

You can watch our LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Milwaukee videos here.

Remember loving being read to as a child? You can capture that same wondrous feeling for yourself again, by listening to Listen To Your Mother stories as you walk, run, sit, drive, take a few minutes for you.

From first auditions to two rehearsals to final show day, because of support, love, and the belief that we each held for each other, our cast shines. That’s the power in being given the opportunity to be heard and seen.

We wish this for everyone, and we believe this is what the world needs: to be seen and heard.

Milwaukee thanks you, dear LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER 2016 cast. You are amazing.

Jennifer Gaskell
Rochelle Fritsch
Alexandra Rosas
Listen To Your Mother/Milwaukee


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