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We have monthly meetings that are free and open to the public. In addition, we send out monthly newsletters and invitations to upcoming meetings. If you would like to receive these, please subscribe by clicking here .
We meet every third Thursday of the month at the Bell Trace Commons Area, 800 Bell Trace Circle, Bloomington, IN
11:30 Lunch (compliments of Bell Trace)
12:00 Welcome, Guest Presentation, Announcements
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
Our next meeting in November:
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Topic: Gratitude and Grief
Presenters: Lauren Lane Powell
Broadcasts of AAC Meetings
Sometimes our meetings are recorded by Bloomington's Community Access Television. It usually takes about two weeks to edit and post these broadcasts on their Library Channel. If a
presentation has been recorded, it will be noted at the bottom of the presentation summary. Please
check their schedule for days and times of broadcasts.
2015 October's Presenter
"The Importance of Storytelling"
Rebekah Spivey has been a participant with Women Writing for a Change since 2005, for which she is a certified facilitator. She also serves as Registrar and Administrative Assistant for the organization. She has led six Ripe with Age workshops based on the concept of aging creatively and consciously and other workshops with a focus on living life to the fullest. She is co-founder of the Poetry Detectives group that meets once a month at the Poplar Grove School to discuss poetry in a non-academic context. You can follow the Detectives on Facebook. She has been a long time contributor to the Poplar Grove Muse and is the author of the blog Marigolds in Boxes.
Her main points were that storytelling is very important and keeps your mind active; that you need to find a safe place to tell your stories; that it’s never too late to tell your story; that you should not be afraid of the judgement of others; and that you need to pass your stories/knowledge along to others.
She spoke of how relevant it is to learn the stories of your elders and your family’s life story now. Glimpses of the past help explain who you are and how you got here today. Otherwise, when elders die, it is like the burning of a library (Alex Haley).
There are many ways to tell stories, i.e. emails, videos, songs, Facebook, tapestry, quilts, blogs, movies, tattoos and piercings. Volunteers can be found to help you write your stories, perhaps through Caring Companions, family or friends. The most important thing is that you start!
Rebekah will be having a workshop in mid-May on “Living Solo and Embracing It”. Information will be forthcoming.