May 16, 2019

EP #33: Who’s fired up for (stained) glass?

In this episode, podcaster Tracy Crow, 
an author, literary agent, writing coach, 652BE375-A3C1-41BD-A2E1-897746BE5678.jpegand Marine Corps veteran, talks with Lisa Bason, co-owner of Mystical Reflections located near the beach in Calabash, North Carolina, about how she first became interested in this art medium, and about why so many artists today are fired up for glass! 

Mystical Reflections doubles as a studio for classes and a storefront for online and local shoppers. Visit their website for more information! 

And as promised, here's the photo of Tracy's dog, Cash, alongside the stained glass window hanging she commissioned from Lisa. Ahhhmazing! 

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May 14, 2019

EP #32: How to inspire creativity at the 9-to-5!

In this two-for-one extended episode,4E40FC9F-6028-400F-9226-31D898072851.jpeg podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, literary agent, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, interviews Meredith Brown about developing and fostering creativity within the corporate work environment. Meredith is a Marine Corps veteran with thirty years of corporate experience in the industries of oil and gas, transportation, and banking. Meredith is also a successful novelist, and she shares how she infuses her corporate life wth creative lessons she gleaned from writing. When co-workers voice resistance to new ideas, Meredith's response is, "Just love it for five minutes! For five minutes, let's talk about what we love about this crazy idea." 

Meredith's first novel, A Cajun Journey, is available here! 

May 9, 2019

EP #31: Fear of gardening? What could possibly go wrong?

In this episode, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, E63FB0FD-86BC-4649-85C3-955E2D6EDC72.jpegMarine Corps veteran, and now literary agent, shares why May has always been her favorite month because of her desire to learn gardening -- specifically, vegetable gardening. She confesses she even ordered a raised cedar bed that remained in its original packaging for five years -- until THIS May. And still she feels stuck, fearful to begin this new creative venture. Why? Tracy finds her answers in an excerpt she reads from her own book, Cooper's Hawk: The Remembering. 

For more information about Tracy's forthcoming writing workshop for women veterans at San Antonio College, visit the Eventbrite registration page. 

For more information about Tracy's new literary agency, visit her website

May 7, 2019

EP #30: Part 2 — “Train’s Comin’”! Military wife reads excerpt from PTSD memoir

In part 2 of this series, Elizabeth Torres Evans, a retired paralegal and wife of a Marine Corps combatE009F7CA-5C87-4F2A-9CC6-C9388C02CFD7.jpeg veteran who served in Vietnam, shares a compelling excerpt from her memoir-in-progress, "Train's Comin,'" that chronicles their journey through post-traumatic stress. And following Liz's reading, she reveals the most significant turning point for her husband, Chester, and how service to others has led to a more purposeful existence for both of them. 

For more about Liz and Chester and their El Toro Judo Club, follow them on Facebook! 

May 2, 2019

EP #29: Part 1 — Military wife uses writing as a pathway through PTSD

In part one of this two-part series, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine CorpsE009F7CA-5C87-4F2A-9CC6-C9388C02CFD7.jpeg veteran, talks with Elizabeth (Liz) Torres Evans, a retired paralegal and the wife of a Marine Corps veteran who served in combat during the Vietnam War, about their journey through post-traumatic stress, and how writing has led to surprising, healing discoveries for both of them.

Be sure to return for part 2 May 7 to hear Liz read an excerpt from her compelling memoir-in-progress!

Apr 30, 2019

EP #28: Portrait artist redefines self-expression through abstract painting

In this episode, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, interviews11224660_10153371791894814_6900378012574850812_o.jpg artist Michelle Bradford about her journey from portraiture to abstract painting. "I had always been in love with the impressionists and post-impressionists, and hadn't honestly paid any attention to abstract art," she says, and shares that after the birth of her second daughter, she returned to painting and found that portraiture suddenly felt stifling. Instead, she says she was feeling obsessed with color, though she couldn't figure out at first how to "lay them down." One day, she says she just splashed paint on a canvas and enjoyed the "organic surprises" and the "exploration of color." As Michelle explains, with abstract "there's no right or wrong...it's a spontaneous expression of the moment, like a live meditation."  

For more information about Michelle's incredible abstracts and portraits, visit her website, Michelle Bradford Art.

Apr 18, 2019

EP #27: A celebration of poets and their poetry — part 2!

In this episode, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, invites eight poets to read their original work as a way to honor them and to celebrate April's National Poetry Month. Disclaimer: These poems may change your life!

For more information about Tracy's special guests, click on the following links:

Virginia Allen  Tom Conlon  Nancy Ann Stolfo-Corti  Randy Brown  Penny Dickerson  Joshua Keeler  Hailey Escobar  Michael Lancaster

Apr 16, 2019

EP #26: DISCLAIMER — These poems may change you!

April is National Poetry Month, and podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran invites six poets to share their personal work as a way to honor them and to celebrate the way poetry encourages us to view and experience life through a new lens. Return April 18 for part 2 of Tracy's week-long celebration of poets and their poetry!

For more information about Tracy's special guests, click on the following links!

Valerie Nieman  Eric Chandler  Carol Fant  Joseph Mills  Pauletta Hansel  John Sibley Williams

 

Apr 11, 2019

EP #25: Pulling paintings out of the fire — nurse practioner finds meaning in the journey

In part 2 of this series, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine Corps veteran, talksIMG_4353.jpg with Amanda Reilly Sayer, a pediatric psychiatric nurse practitioner, about the "paintings I've pulled out of the fire...and some actually go in the fire!" As Amanda explains, "It's a beautiful thing to be on your journey...and to watch someone grow." She says that each painting also reminds her of the story behind the creation of each -- its layers, imperfections, transparency. And, Amanda treats us with a reading of several Haiku poems! 

For more information about Amanda and her painting, poetry, and photography, visit her blog, Painting Poetry in Motion!

 

Apr 9, 2019

EP #24: Part 1 — Pediatric psychiatric nurse practioner blends science and art to refill her well

In part 1 of this 2-part series, podcaster Tracy Crow, an author, writing coach, and Marine CorpsIMG_4353.jpg veteran, interviews Amanda Reilly Sayer, a pediatric psychiatric nurse practitioner by day, to discover how and why she turns to painting, poetry, and photography. "It's important to me," she says, "to think about how I can inspire or offer gifts to other people...sharing the love, paying it forward." In a frank discussion about emotional pain and healing, Amanda says grief and emotional pain can be transformed through creativity. The act of transforming, itself, is an act of creation, she explains. "Where are your wellsprings?" she asks herself and patients. 

For more about Amanda's paintings, poetry, and photography, visit her blog, Painting Poetry in Motion.  

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