Nine Reasons to Give a Little (or a Lot): Everyday Magic, Day 978

One of the beautiful cards with Stephen Locke’s photography for patrons

As many of you know, I’m leaping from my day job of college-level teaching to creating more transformative writing, community-building writing workshops, and a podcast series on the power of words. I’m also asking for your help in supporting this leap. Here are nine reasons to consider being a patron through Patreon, a great online platform that helps writers, artists, innovators, and others do cool stuff in the world. You can see more here.

1. Perks: You get a signed book of your choice, gorgeous greeting cards with Stephen Locke’s photography and my poetry, and even a poem I write for you for a beloved.

2. Weekly Inspiration: All patrons get a post every Friday with something to spark creativity and magic in your life, art, and work, such as “The Care and Feeding of the Artist,” a podcast poetry reading, and tips on inventing your own inspiration.

3. Poetry Party!: Every time I cross the $100 mark each month (and we’re really close to another crossing), patrons get to call out (via the Patreon site or emailing me directly) words you want me to weave into a spontaneous poem I make up on the spot, record, and share with you. You can also watch the often hilarious and sometimes moving past poetry parties.

4. Satisfaction: Doesn’t it feel good to help someone live their dreams? Patrons get the satisfaction of knowing they’re helping me follow my calling.

5. Making Good Things Happen: Your contributions help me create new writing, workshops, and a podcast series (to launch this fall) on the power of writing and witnessing our truest stories.

I dress up a bit more than for the Poetry Party!

6. Ease: Becoming a patron is simple: You just click here, follow the directions, and within a few minutes, you’re in.

7. What a Deal!: For as little as $3/month, you can be a patron. Also, those little payments are easy to swallow each month.

8. Your Fellow Patrons: I’m not exaggerating when I say my patrons are exceeding passionate, innovative, and soulful change makers in this world. Come hang out with the cool kids;

9. The Power of Being a Patron: You don’t have to be the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the work you love. You have the power to do that right now. Just wave the magic wand of your credit card over the Patreon page, and there you go!

One thought on “Nine Reasons to Give a Little (or a Lot): Everyday Magic, Day 978

  1. Audrey Myers says:

    When I was a child, we lived in the downstairs flat of a duplex that my grandmother owned in the city of St. Louis. Shabbos meant everybody upstairs and downstairs eating Shabbos dinner together upstairs. Then my grandmother would walk the 2 blocks to her immigrant synagogue for services. The TV would go on and my father and uncle would watch the boxing matches. My brother and would play in another room. Then grandma would return and the TV would
    go silent. On Saturday morning, my brother and I would go upstairs in our p.js to watch our kids programs. It was totally quiet upstairs . I do not remember what my mother was up to. My uncle and father were at work. My aunt was playing cards and lunch with her friends. My two teenage cousins had jobs at a department store which their aunt had married into. They were saving money to get their noses “fixed”. This was the 1950s. My grandma returned the tv went off. I became ” the Shabbos goy” for my grandma. It was my job to turn the heat up in winter, heat up some food for her lunch and make sure the lights were on so she could get around. My brother and I were then picked up to go to the YMHA, the organization which finally became the suburban Jewish Community Center in the suburbs.
    As I was reading this week’s installment of A Writing Life and your FRiday musings for patrons, I read the musings you sent this week. And the thought came to my mind that although I have never been a regular Saturday morning attendee to services-I am Renewal Reform since I became a patron of yours , one of my rituals sometime during the weekend is to stop whatever and read what you have sent. Sometimes I even hardcopy something that speaks to me so I can find easily during the week and feel the flow of your words and the images they connect me to. I decided tonight that this had become a ritual and in the lexicon of Renewal Judaism- finding the spiritual not just in the litury but in the beauty of words and the connections they evoke in me. So thank you intoducing me to this ritual to remember that Shabbos can be a special time of the week and the feelings and memories that they evoke help me connect to the Divine and bring that part of me I call my soul to my consciousness. At the heart , that is the meaning of Shabbos to me. And this has become one of my most pleasant parts of acknowledging that need and filling my soul with your words.

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