Splintered Reflections with Laura Kelly
Local author Laura Kelly will be joining us to discuss her debut novel, Splintered Reflections, on Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00pm.
Shattered by the loss of both her parents, Cathy struggles with her identity asking every morning as she looks in the mirror: Who Am I? Plagued by guilt and the issues left unresolved, she's struggles to escape the box she created for herself. Rescued from her isolation by a new friend named Jane, Cathy begins to break free of her shell through Jane's insistence that the world's adventures are to be embraced. When challenged by a demanding, creative writing Professor, Cathy discovers the cathartic effects of writing as she pours her thoughts and feelings onto paper, transforming not only the blank piece of paper but also herself.
Many will identify with Cathy's loss and loneliness, with her ennui, and ultimately with the triumph of her spirit. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom, and striking emotion, Splintered Reflections reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany, and self-realization. This is a contemporary and relatable tale of personal growth, discovery, empowerment, and self-forgiveness.
Laura Kelly is a project manager, fitness instructor, and social butterfly. She has worked full time at Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 26 years and part time as a fitness instructor at the local YMCA for over 20 years. Splintered Reflections is her first book, and she plans to continue her dream of being a writer with books ranging from fictional books revolving around romance and relationships as well as her adventures in online dating and trying to find the one. She lives in Los Alamos with her husband, Dave.
New Release from Natalie Goldberg: The Great Spring
Local author Natalie Goldberg will be joining us to discuss her new book, The Great Spring: Writing Zen and This Zigzag Life, on Thursday, May 11th at 6:30pm.
From beloved writing teacher and author of the best-selling Writing Down the Bones: a treasury of personal stories reflecting a life filled with journeys—inner and outer—zigzagging around the world and home again.
Here, Natalie Goldberg, "a writer both energized and enlightened" (Julia Cameron), shares those vivid moments that have wakened her to new ways of being. We follow alongside her mapless meanderings in the New Mexican desert and her pilgrimages to Bob Dylan's birthplace and to Larry McMurtry's dusty Texas ghost town of rare books. We feel her deep hunger while she sits zazen in a monastery in Japan, and her profound loss when she hears of the passing of a dear friend while teaching in the French countryside.
This is a book to be relished one awakening at a time. Each story is a reminder that no matter how hard the situation or desolate you may feel, spring will come again, breaking through a cold winter, bringing early yellow forsythia flowers. And the Great Spring of enlightenment—that sudden rush of acceptance, pain cracking open, obstructions shattering—will also burst forth.
A dedicated teacher, Goldberg has taught writing and literature for the last thirty-five years. She also leads national workshops and retreats, and her schedule can be accessed via her website: nataliegoldberg.com. Goldberg has been a serious Zen practitioner since 1974 and studied with Katagiri Roshi from 1978 to 1984.
Song of the Lion with New Mexico
April 23 @ 3:00pm
May 11 @ 6:30pm
June 4 @ 3:00pm
July 16 @ 3:00pm
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