I believe Tori speaks the haunting truths so many of us are afraid to hear little alone speak. I’ll never forget the first time I saw her live in concert. Never before had I been in a sold out arena where the audience was mute once the piano was struck. I was in awe! And, by the end of the evening, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Tori’s music has been my steady companion for nearly two decades. From my first encounter with her bravery infused in “Me and a Gun” to seeing her perform “Caught a Lite Sneeze” live on the Jay Leno Show in 1996, her distinct vocal symphonies hit my play list more often than any other performer. When inspiration is lost and my dreams fade with the morning dew, I am comforted that a few notes from Tori will call them back.
No one, and I mean no one, speaks the truth with a more authentic and nurturing voice than my dear friend Allison. By day Allison leads the incredibly talented creative team at Felt Design Group, “retooling established brands in the building products industry.” But, once her privileged clientele has been expertly guided along their path of marketing dreams, Allison transforms into super professional mom / writer / truthsayer. If you’re a professional mom, you’ll buckle over in fits of hysterical laughter upon reading her blog. And if you’re not a professional mom, you’ll buckle over in fits of hysterical laughter upon reading her blog. Seriously, this woman’s stories would create a lifetime’s worth of Bridesmaids films. Just be sure to check the fingernails after diaper changes.
It saddens me that I learned of this most gifted artist after her passing. Ironically she created her beautiful artist journals and framed assemblages of curiosities just a few blocks from my own home. Her haunting collages of wood and ephemera cry stories of yesteryear and scream dreams of tomorrow. Inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank, Janice at the age of 11, began keeping her own journal 40 years later the journaling of her beautiful life ended when she succombed to liver cancer. Today, all 126 journals have been acquired by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.
Robin has been defined as the “premiere brand strategist for the digital age and leading reinvention specialist.” Now I have yet to meet Robin, but like Angi Sullins she lives in one of my favorite states, New Mexico and I feel our paths will cross in the very near future. Robin is one of the most influential women of our century and her blog is a goldmine of inspirational nuggets.
J.K. Rowling has not only mastered the craft of storytelling, she has done so gracefully, and honorably. It goes without saying that I am one of the biggest Harry Potter fans on the planet. Her gift for creating heroes, villains, giants and goblins rivals the magical prowess of Dumbledore. Her dedication and passion for writing is only surpassed by her loyalty and appreciation for her readers.
Bodacious, imaginative, with wild abandonment and in my opinion “too good and true” I believe Angi Sullins is the queen muse among muses. With a voice that soothes the soul like a warm fire on a winter’s eve, her poems and stories pour from the heart with biting truth and wisdom. Angi and her husband Silas Toball are the dynamic, creative duo behind Duirwaigh Studios, celebrating the three E’s in crEativity: Enchantment, Enlightenment, Entertainment through their books, films and workshops.
I was introduced to this incredibly wise spiritualist and best selling author from a dear mentor and friend. Her book One Day my Soul just Opened Up literally did that. Through her, and God’s teachings, I’ve begun peeling away protective layers of my heart, and soul so that it may breath to inspire, expand to grow and share to love. Until Today is a beautifully written collection of daily devotions for spiritual growth and peace of mind and I couldn’t recommend it more highly for those in need of transformation.