Last weekend I headed to Connecticut College with a dear friend for our college reunion. The reunion planners were kind enough to include me in a panel called “Natural Wellness: Alternatives that Connect Body, Mind and Spirit.” It was a really interesting conversation, and I had a chance to learn about Zero Balancing, and to meet Dr. Kenneth Larkin, known as “The Almond Doctor.”
Later in the afternoon, I was thrilled to participate in an author’s panel with other alums. Their books were fascinating. They included Donald Gallinger’s novel The Master Planets; Anne Marguerite Herbst’s beautiful book of drawings with poems, Line by Line; Anne Verplank’s Quaker Aesthetics: Reflections on a Quaker Ethic in American Design and Consumption, 1720-1920; and the photographs of Miles Ladin in Celebrity and Performance.
We each offered brief remarks or a short reading. It was my first public reading for Music at the End of Life, and I was honored to be among such talented writers and artists. It was a pleasure to hear their remarks about art-making, as well as their reflections about how faculty at Connecticut College helped to shape their work.
Following the reading, we had a chance to sign books and meet some of the participants.
For those of you who are wondering, the answer is yes, that is a photograph of Paris Hilton behind me.