Happy August 2013 Everyone!
This past month has been an exciting one. In New Jersey (where we all live) it’s also been a grueling, unforgiving, smoggy heat-wave of a month as well so I’m rejoicing in the coming of August and that the fall weather is even closer :). As I was planning out our next Writer of the Week for August ( it’s gonna be a reaaaal good one, folks) I was sending an e-mail whose contents described all of our writers’ different voices and styles. Unique. Varied. Authentic. Fun. Inspiring. I had another Mom moment where I went hog wild flaunting all their talents and special tidbits about what makes them important.
You’re all like, “relax, Kath”. And I will. As soon as I’m done with this. For now. I promise. Sort of. Although I will admit to gushing, I will also say that it was a very, very exciting thing for me to have the opportunity to do that because in that short description I had the opportunity to look a the blog from a perspective of knowing. What I mean by this is precisely what I said. I know the blog now and with that I know my writers; I know myself a little bit better too and I can only hope that in writing for (Sense)story they have been reacquainted or met other parts of themselves as well.
There’s Christine O’Dea. A budding travel writer in her own right. Christine does justice to travel writing and I mean it. No one can make me empathize about her trials, her tribulations, her joys, and her losses like Christine does and I truly appreciate that.
There’s my girl Coco. Always with an air of cool, of snark and sarcasm, but such a strong message to deliver. Her willingness to dive deep into her world and that of others around her leaves me excited to guess what she’ll say next.
There’s Kevin Greene. One of our self-titled “non-writers” who really is so terrible at living up to that unfitting name. If there were ever a voice to lend to the good ol’ average joes out there it would be him and it’s not because he is average in any way but the simplicity of his writing invites those more timid souls to look and really feel the complexities of our everyday we might have otherwise missed.
There’s Alicia whose writing has a point to tell us and always tells us very well. There’s a palpable strength behind all of her words but it’s that unsuspecting edge of sheer vulnerability that cuts through and leaves a mark.
There’s Brian. I’m biased and always will be because I’m lucky enough to be dating this guy but I have remained as shocked at the caliber of his words today as I am the first time he wrote for the blog. He has this wonderfully intangible quality in his writing that succinctly and briefly tells a story but says so much more than that. It’s something of a marvelous mystery that has me begging for more.
There’s our newest writer Izzy. Her writing is so dreamy, so genuine and real that I can’t help but empathize and walk with her every step of the way. As she travels, moves, shimmys, and shakes her way through life she recalls moments with both clarity and grace.
There’s Josh a real-life writer with a some real-life talent. His words ooze an overwhelming sense of emotional intelligence and hint that they have, can, and will say so much more than you think. He’s a writer full of grand and meaningful paradoxes-the kind that are full of the questions life begs us to ask.
The voices of this blog are distinctively strong, wise, curious, and hopeful individuals who kill it every week in the best way possible. -Feeling, grateful:)
Rock on, party people.