Reading hosted by Janet Reich Elsbach with Jenny Laird, Lydia Littlefield, Laura Silverman and Maria Sirois
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Route 183, Lenox, 7 p.m.
**This event is free but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call 866-200-5203 to reserve tickets.
Through the prism of personal experience caring for an aging parent, a dying sibling, a child with a disability, a partner with a chronic illness, and a job in a white coat, these five women will represent the collected thoughts of dozens engaged in the give and take of care. A discussion on looking after the self while tending to others will follow the readings.
Janet Reich Elsbach thinks and writes about the food she feeds her family of five, who live on a small farm with dogs and chickens and sheep (in increasing order of population). That writing can be found on the blog A Raisin & A Porpoise. She edits other people’s writing whenever she is given the slightest encouragement, and teaches writing at Community Access To The Arts (CATA) in Great Barrington.
Jenny Laird was a long-time Chicago playwright and arts educator before settling in the Berkshires. In collaboration with her husband, Randy Courts, Jenny is currently writing a series of musicals based on The Magic Tree House books for Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior Collection. When she is not writing, she is busy running an intensive home-based play therapy program for her wondrous son, Quinn. Jenny’s essays about her adventures caring for a child with autism and epilepsy can be found at: zenmasterquinn.blogspot.com
Lydia Littlefield has recently been writing about her experience caring for her father, who had been a dementia patient for several years before he died on July 11th, 2013. She has written about her life as a homeschooling parent, and is currently working on a novel set in Berkshire County, and another one, for young adults, set in Maine. She is a color consultant with a specialty in helping clients choose colors for their 19th century homes.
Laura Silverman is a freelance writer and creative strategist whose writing has been published in magazines and journals, including Edible Hudson Valley, Gather and Wilder, on The Huffington Post and on her own blog, Gluttonforlife.com. She has been challenged and privileged to support parents and spouses struggling with chronic and life-threatening illness, and is currently at work on a novel partly inspired by these experiences.
Maria Sirois is a licensed clinical psychologist, seminar leader and author who has worked in the fields of positive psychology, mind-body medicine and terminal illness for more than 20 years. In her work she helps us understand how we can construct a thriving life while living and a vibrant life while dying, both of which have to do with resilience, happiness, meaning and self-nourishment.