Current Member News
Leslee Asch co-curated an exciting exhibition at the Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library: “Of Art and Craft.” The exhibition features nine artists working in “traditional” craft media – fiber, clay and glass – who artfully unite concept and technique. Participating artists are: Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong, Emily Barletta, Susan Eisen, Norma Minkowitz, Kathleen Mulcahy, Ellen Schiffman, Josh Simpson, Phyllis Kudder Sullivan, and Adam Waimon. The show continues at the Flinn through December 6.
The poems in Letters member and former GPW president, Sandy Berris’s poetry collection, Ash on Wind
(Muse Ink Press), were featured in a September Greenwich Time article, noting Sandy’s ability to create relatable narrators who, as the publisher says, “…tell stories of dementia, loss, death, lovers and divorce, yet also surprise with humor and whimsy.” Here is a link to the comprehensive article: http://www.greenwichtime.com
Lynn Garelick will be giving a docent tour of the Toulouse Lautrec show at the Bruce Museum on Friday December 22 from 12:30 p.m.—1:30 p.m. Lynn says she is always glad to stay overtime if there are more questions and interests.
Arts member, Linda Hortick, “stars” in a recent YouTube video. See clip below.
Anita Keire’s website designer will be delivering a session on web design to Letters members in January. All GPW members with an interest in developing or enhancing their websites will be invited to attend. Details to follow.
Doris Mady invites all GPW members to celebrate the new year and some new paintings at her next show during the month of January 2018 at Irvington Public Library, Martucci Gallery, 12 South Astor Street, (bottom of Main St.) Irvington, NY.
Unconditional Love, Oil on canvas
Jean P. Moore’s chapbook, Time’s Tyranny, was published by Finishing Line Press in October. Jean is very honored to say that one of the poems included, “Among the Crèches,” was inspired by Kay Langan’s remarkable collection of crèches from around the world.
Kay beside her collection
Roberta Seret has two updated websites for our group: www.thegiftofdiamonds.com and www.internationalcinemaeducation.org. Roberta writes that she is completing The Gift of Diamonds. She credits our own Anita Keire for all her help with the manuscript. The audio book, Memory Chest: The Making of a Novel, is on the novel's website and is a companion to the historical novel. Please scroll down in the section about the novel and listen to the music and audio, as well as view the photos and text for Memory Chest. (Disclosure: it is beautiful!)
Dr. Mary V.T. Cattan, DMin, LMFT
A warm welcome to new member, Dr. Mary Cattan, who shares with us here her most interesting story…
It was the 2016 publication of my biography of Murray and Mary Rogers, entitled Pilgrimage of Awakening, that happily opened the door of Greenwich Pen Women to me. I had spent more than ten years researching and writing the book—an experience I can only describe as one of the most challenging and enlivening of my life. The work allowed me to meld my most compelling interests: human relationships, spiritual development, interreligious understanding, and the marvelous and mind-boggling complexity of our world and human life.
At the start of my own small life, Pearl Harbor had just been blown up and war raged on two fronts. Though rationing limited my family’s mileage in the car, life seemed peaceful and prosperous in the hills of upstate New York. Unknowing of concentration camps or battlefield fatalities, life in a small town—best known for its Pepto-Bismol—felt protected and safe. It afforded me a good start in life.
My parents were intellectually curious, their library stocked with books. I followed suit, often furtively reading under the table at family dinners. By the time I was in the sixth grade, my father’s dream to take my mother on a grand tour of “the continent” morphed into a trip for three, and we were off to Italy on the Andrea Doria.
My education followed a more conventional route (Walnut Hill School, Natick, MA; Connecticut College, New London; B.A. in government), then followed the well-worn path of matrimony and motherhood. Feminist consciousness-raising and the turbulence of the 60’s stayed on the periphery of my awareness. I was happily—for the most part—preoccupied with four children and community voluntarism, with leanings toward progressive causes. I served on the RTM and chaired a Christ Church committee running a racially and economically diverse camp for young children. In those years, reading, writing and travel were often sidelined.
Divorce in my late 30’s and subsequent remarriage awakened me to new experiences and yearnings. International business travel with my husband whetted my desire for more understanding, especially more grassroots experience of the world and its people. I wanted “out” of my privileged bubble. Spiritual questions led to a degree in Spiritual Direction from General Seminary (NYC). Work in that field was followed by intensive training at the Blanton-Peale Institute (also NYC) as a pastoral psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist. Writing and reading were my daily fare. Though I found writing incredibly hard work, I realized I had some facility for it. I was happily surrounded by piles of books.
For about twenty-five years I have been working as a therapist. With gratitude for a life-giving profession, and to my clients for allowing me to experience their ever-so-diverse worlds, mine continues to expand. Being part of a post-tsunami project to help impart healing techniques to traumatized villagers in Sri Lanka (2005-2012) was transformational.
Life changing, too, was my friendship with the Rev. Murray Rogers and his wife Mary—compelling me to write the story of their extraordinary lives. Immersed in their experiences, their connections, tracking world history through their eyes, and following the complexity of their spiritual transformation, I too was changed. A doctorate of ministry (Andover Newton Theological School) received for my work was almost incidental, compared to its spiritual and emotional rewards.
Post publication, my work as a therapist continues. Life bursts with the joy of family, including twelve grandchildren. Travel—especially to Asia—always beckons. My thirst for learning continues unabated, as does my appreciation of women (and men) with whom I can share an openhearted curiosity for the world of the mind and the spirit. I am delighted to join Pen Women’s community of creative people.
Pilgrimage of Awakening