Touchstones of the Inspired Life- Episode 3: Ready or Not with Mary Jo Langford

Mary Jo Langford is a poet and lyricist who recently published a book of her poetry and a song with her lyrics is being released.  In this podcast, she explains how following the Artist’s Way gave her a path for her creative journey.  Mary Jo describes the fears and challenges faced but overcome through grit and persistence.  Enjoy listening as she recites a poem from her book, Ready or Not; sit back and float away with your dreams as Gary Frank Taylor sings Mary Jo’s Another Broken Heart.

 

To order Mary Jo’s book Ready or Not: Poems and Musings visit http://www.amazon.com/author/maryjolangford

To hear the song Another Broken Heart, you can purchase the album Endless Road by Gary Frank Taylor that will soon be available on his website: http://garyfranktaylor.com/music/

 

Touchstones of the Inspired Life- Episode 2: On Tour with Jayne Lawless

Jayne Lawless is a multi-disciplinary artist from Liverpool, United Kingdom.  She shares with us her experiences in creating the North End Sketch Club and the Dead Pigeon Gallery and bringing their concepts to Kingsbury, TX (2010 census population 782) during her three-months artist-in-residence program at Habitable Spaces, a not-for-profit community arts and agricultural project.

 

The Power of Language: Presentation to Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society, Texas Lutheran University

Lately, I have come to understand that the value of any human being resides in his capacity to absorb and transform the elements received from the diverse schools of life. What a wonderful world!

 In the beginning was The Word,  and

The word was spread around the globe

In many languages

For the use of human beings.

Go and spread what you have learned,

For it will make humanity stand a little taller, and,

Your passage on planet earth

Will not be in vain

Honorees, Ladies and Gentlemen here present, it has been a pleasure to share  the insightful values of what we’ve all learned on our mother’s knee:

The power of language.

Briesemeister Middle School Students and Marika Go “One Day Without Shoes”

Click here to listen: Marika’s Presentation to Briesemeister Middle School Students, Seguin, TX

Today, I would like to take you to another world and share the journey with some of the children of other cultures who like you, this day, are walking barefoot.  Unlike you, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and the following one, they will still be walking barefoot to school, because of their poverty.

 In many countries the child’s first pair of shoes is a gift longtime remembered and cherished.  It is a rite of passage.  I see that the purpose of your actions is to understand others. By doing this you are learning to see the world in a different way.  So as you help others through this rite of passage, you, yourself are also maturing.

The Cross for The Road to Emmaus Seventh Installment

 

 

From the beginning, the creation of the sculpture revolved around the question “Who is to hold the cross?”  We tend to see the death of Jesus through Michelangelo’s Pieta, the portrayal of  Mary, the mother, holding the lifeless body of her Son.  But in the reality of this journey, we are closer to the weaknesses of Mary Magdalene than to the holiness of the Mother of Jesus.


The Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary

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 (Click here to hear the KWED 1580 Seguin AM radio broadcast by Darren Dunn)

 

On Tuesday January 17, 2012,  the Seguin City Council unanimously approved the Walnut Springs Park Bird Sculpture Sanctuary.

 

Texas Lutheran University Chapel Talk for Women’s History Month

At the invitation of Rev. Greg Ronning, Marika gave a chapel talk to give tribute to  Women’s History Month.  The title of the presentation is “The Quiet Strength”.

Click here to see Texas Lutheran University’s YouTube video of the presentation: The Quiet Strength
Click here to hear the presentation: 

Excerpt from presentation:

The title of my presentation is:

The Quiet Strength

The life of a woman is like a Carousel

This is a truth that follows a woman

from childhood, through puberty, to womanhood.

The sculpture you see here is “Carousel of Women’s Life.”

Twelve years ago, after a period of reflection, I set out with mallet, chisel, and wood to tell a story.  The nature of wood is to guide the sculptor’s hands that hold the mallet and chisel.  Thus it left six women on a raft floating on the uncertain seas of life searching to discover:

        •   What is the life of a woman?
        •   Is there a meaning to our struggle?
        •   What do we bring to humanity?

From babyhood, to motherhood, to the dusk of life, this sculpture portrays the strengths and struggles of women to overcome the shackles of Madison Avenue appetites, the distractions of the flotsam and jetsam of this world, and the blasphemies of false prophets.  They rise to the call to nurture, guide, and move humanity through uncharted waters.

Marika and Evelyn Streng

Marika and Rev. Greg Ronning