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Postcard from Natalie Long’s Recent South and Central America Odyssey

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Share the Wealth with Sari Althubyani: Under The Deep Blue Sea

Join us this Sunday 9 September when Sari Althubyani will share his experiences as a deep-sea diver. A native of Saudi Arabia, Sari is currently studying business at Maryville University.

Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Sari begins sharing at 6:45
At Sari’s home
12365 Cross Creek Cove
Apartment K, top floor
Creve Coeur, MO
63141

Share the Wealth with Gregory Pass: Notes from My Library

Moving into our house five years ago gave my wife, Jennifer Lowe, and me room to expand our libraries. I have been collecting or accumulating books with some purpose since I was eleven or twelve years old. My current collection is for the most part a reader’s library—that is to say most volumes are acquired at least with the virtuous intention of reading them at some point. And as a library reflects the reader, its patterns must say something about my interests and motivations as a collector of books—either for the works they contain or, as Samuel Pepys once said, “for the love of the binding.” One area of interest we both share is publishers’ decorated cloth bindings of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wonderfully inventive, beautiful, and colorful designs embossed into cloth bindings used by publishers to decorate and promote their books before the prominence of illustrated dust jackets. We will introduce you to some of these items from our collections and expand to other areas of our libraries (and of the house) as time and interest allow.

Gregory Pass is a medievalist and librarian with interests in manuscript studies and book history. He is head of Special Collections at Saint Louis University. Jennifer Lowe is Rare Books Librarian at Saint Louis University.

Join us
Sunday 26 August
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Gregory and Jenny begin sharing at 6:45
At their home
2358 Tennessee
Saint Louis 63104

Share the Wealth with Linsey Stevens: Iphelia and Editing with the Gift of Feeling

What kind of work would you wake up in a hospital bed eager to do?
And how is editing like being a doula?

The first question is one I answered back in the fall of 2015. That summer, my husband and I had settled into first-time home ownership and I’d “leveled up” professionally, having moved from the Department of Social Services, where I’d been a Family Support caseworker, to Mercy, where I was hired on as a patient benefit and Medicaid advisor. My career seemed to be opening up before me and everything looked good on paper. But I was miserable. I was physically sick every day at work and I was unhappy even when I got home. I felt trapped in my life and was disappointed that I wasn’t shaping up to be the great social servant or public educator I was sure I should be.

I resigned from Mercy and went to work part-part time teaching children’s swim lessons. Like so many creators, I started side hustling: writing and editing for peanuts through a site called Upwork. Amidst the uncertainty, I realized I’d happily wake up in a hospital bed, ask for my laptop, and dive into editing another person’s writing. I’d found a professional passion and was ready to move on from the rescuer narrative that I had to be sacrificing myself in a certain setting to help others or assume my place in the world.

Over the last three years my journey as an editor, creator, and human being has unfolded in sometimes bumpy, but also fantastic ways. As doors have opened (more on that Sunday) so have windows—and my heart and mind. I’ve developed a close working relationship with Erick French, LCSW, author and illustrator of Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling and have been editing full time for HealthyWay Media, a women’s lifestyle and wellness brand, for over a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Not a River-Like Novel; But a Novel Like Poetry, or Rather, a Narrative Poem, an Epos in Mosaic, a Kind of Arabesque Preoccupation

Over the weekend Lindsey asked me some questions about my writing process (such as, How long did it take you to write Book of Mev? Did you always know what the structure would be? How did you know when you stumbled upon the right form?). Naturally, I thought of Jack Kerouac’s line, “Something that you feel will find its own form.”

I also went back to Jack’s early journals, collected in Windblown World: Journals 1947-1951 (edited by Douglas Brinkley), which I first read a few months after the Mev book came out. Just today, I was revisiting Emerson, who wrote, “For only that book can we read which relates to me something that is already in my mind.” Here are some excerpts from the young Jack, which intrigued me and had illumined some things in my own mind back then and still do, in the present…

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This means seven months of ascetic gloom and labor—although doubt is no longer my devil, just sadness now. I think I will get this immense work done much sooner this way, to face up to it and finish it. 7

Look at your own work and say, ‘This is a novel after my own heart!’ Because that’s what it is anyway, and that’s the point—it’s worry that must be eliminated for the sake of individual force. 10

I wish I had the mental energy of ten great novelists! Or devise some way to get ‘the most out of myself,’ as Goethe did, without breaking down (as Goethe did) or without excessive asceticism leading to a blurring of impressions. 31

I say to these critics: ‘Don’t be assholes all your life.’ 34 Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Rebecca Gorley: The Overnight Janitor

Loss is universal.
The impact of loss is unpredictable.

Overnight Janitor tells these stories.
Anyone can be an Overnight Janitor.

The idea for Overnight Janitor originated from incessant feelings and observations of loss. Even though we experience loss everyday, we don’t always talk about it– the stories go untold, and unseen.

Overnight Janitor tells the stories about loss and the impact we could never predict. Rebecca Gorley, aka “Z,” first started talking about this project in 2016, and published Overnight Janitor in 2018. Throughout Z’s time in STL, her focus has remained on listening to people’s stories and valuing their spoken and shared words.

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Join us
Sunday 12 August
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Rebecca begins sharing at 6:45
At Rebecca’s apartment
4565 Oakland Avenue
Apartment 2E
Forest Park Southeast
63110

 

Gratitude for Demun Share the Wealth Writing Class

As the summer Share the Wealth Writing Class on Demun winds down, gratitude is, once again, an appropriate theme for meditation (quotations with page number are from Robert A. Emmons, Gratitude Works!).

“A French proverb states that gratitude is the memory of the heart ….Do you want to be a grateful person? Then remember to remember.” x

At the vibrant age of 49, Jenny has countless experiences-to-be-remembered-into poems ahead of her.

“Expect nothing, appreciate everything.” 21

The beauty of paintings and photos, the haimish spaciousness, all the windows, ah, the generosity of Marty and Jerry to open their home to us! Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Andrew Ivers: The Hersh Files

My name is Andrew Ivers and I will be giving a talk about the news industry inspired by Reporter, the recently published memoir of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. He’s probably best known for unearthing the My Lai massacre in 1969 and for his Abu Ghraib coverage in 2004, but he has also reported on Watergate and the CIA and written books about Henry Kissinger, the Kennedy administration, Israel’s nuclear program, and the killing of Osama bin Laden. I plan to focus mostly on the nature of journalism during the Vietnam era, but hopefully the conversation will bring in other topics as well.

Bio-wise, I’m a freelance editor in and from St. Louis and I’ve been friends with Mark since I was a student of his at SLU. Previously I’ve worked for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the journal World Affairs, in Washington. If you’re interested, you can read some of my writings here.

Join us
Sunday 29 July
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Andrew begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Andrew Wimmer
5712 Arendes Dr.
South City Saint Louis
63116

Share the Wealth with Jessie and Savannah

Jessie Sarber and Savannah Sisk are moving to Minneapolis at the very end of July for a new adventure. Jessie will be starting a PhD in Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, and Savannah will figure out some sort of occupational therapy job soon!   Savannah and Jessie have been part of the Share the Wealth community for about five and two-and-a-half years, respectively. Join them for a farewell potluck and talk on what they will miss, what they look forward to, and what this whole transition process is teaching them!

Join us
Sunday 22 July
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Jessie and Savannah begin sharing at 6:45
At their home
714 Limit Avenue
Apartment #1N
University City, MO 63130

Share the Wealth with Carmen Stevens: My Journey through Irish Culture

I will talk about the different things I learned during my time at Saint Louis Irish Arts. Preforming, dancing, reciting, and many more ways in which I learned to share Ireland with St. Louis. Irish dancing is not an uncommon thing in this area, but being taught how to play the music and recite the language are rare.

My name is Carmen Stevens, I am about to start my sophomore year at Maryville University, and I am from Florissant, Missouri.

Join us
Sunday 15 July
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Carmen begins sharing at 6:45
At the home and Andy and Sherri
4059 Utah Street
Saint Louis, MO
63116
Additional parking on Oak Hill just around the corner.