This week's episode features a conversation with Rebecca Gummere, creative writer and author. Rebecca is a two-time Pushcart nominee and has been awarded three North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grants (2013, 2015, and 2018). She has also been the recipient of two Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and was selected to receive a 2017-2018 North Carolina Artist Fellowship for her memoir-in-progress about her recent nine-month cross-country pilgrimage.
We talk a little about #vanlife journeys, her multi-disciplinary career experience, and closing the distance between her physical consciousness and the divine. Rebecca also shares a very personal and heartbreaking experience of the sudden loss of her infant son, and how that upended everything she knew about life, death, faith - and the thread that connects us all!
Our segment two quotes to ponder as you're tuning in are below:
“I want God to be real. I need there to be Someone in charge, and I need there to be a heaven, some place where I know my baby is safe and cared for and loved. I think back to when I was a child, moments when I sensed a presence—at 8, seated between my mother and sister in a church pew, the sun painting my leg in reds and golds and blues, believing God was somehow in that dance of color; at 12, perched on a hillside as a wild wind stirred then quieted in the field behind me, and then in the utter stillness came the piercing call of one lone bird, sending chills over my skin, the very voice of God in my ear.” - pulled from Cooper's Heart | The Oprah Magazine
“Light, then dark, dark, then light. Isn’t this the flow of life? We soar, we stumble and fall. We rise, we sink. Still, the world welcomes us in bright moments such as these, hope arriving in unexpected ways to lift us once again.” - Lifted Blog Entry
Rebekah's segment three shares are:
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love & light ✨,