Greenwich Pen Women, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, is a non-profit organization of women artists, writers, and musicians. We offer mutual support and exchange of ideas to encourage and inspire excellence in original creative work.
“The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.”
~~ Gertrude S. Wister
Note from our President:
Dear Greenwich Pen Women,
Today is January 18, 2021, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, always a day of reflection for me.
During my time at the Riverside Church in New York City, another staff member and I decided one day to explore long unused and locked rooms in the 20-story tower of the church. On the 17th floor, in a turreted room and in an old, rusty file cabinet, we discovered 3 hand-typed sermons by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with his handwritten additions and corrections, on the “onionskin” typing paper of the day. These were 3 very famous sermons that he had delivered elsewhere and adapted for the TRC congregation during the civil rights movement in the 60’s. These adaptations, including his famous “A Knock at Midnight,” were considered a great treasure for TRC to own, and we were able to get permission from the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Foundation to have them reprinted at TRC to be sold. I was the typist, editor and cover designer for our editions, that were still being sold in TRC bookstore, last thing I knew.
(You can read “Knock at Midnight" at https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/knock-midnight.)
In that historical mindset, I want to mention that the Memoirs Workshop, that Diane Morello and Cathy Horn generously offered to us in early January, influenced my choice of topic for today’s President’s Notes. They stressed that life should be about speaking our truth, by writing and sharing our stories - and that every story matters. This is a tiny part of my history that I hope has some meaning for you.
Which brings me to sharing some good GPW news! Besides the new Holiday Bazaar and the Expressions Gallery that we created in the last 3 months, the board is now considering two more exciting proposals – one for a Poetry Group and another for an Art and Food Feature for our website! These are not exact titles, as of the moment I am writing this letter. Be on the lookout for more details of these pending virtual groups!
This has been an exceptional and challenging year for everyone and certainly our own GPW group, but because of the way our members respect, encourage and support each other, I believe that we, and all the NLAPW members, are an historic model for our country in the way we treat each other and for the way we need to dialogue to move forward as a nation.
Please stay safe and stay well!
GPW President Lee Paine