"Who's your Mama? I'm your Mama!"
Encouraging a rescued gosling to consider her its mama is all in a day's work for humor writer, animal lover, and fitness instructor Jane A. Schmidt. As a child Jane wore metal leg braces like Forrest Gump's, but she dreamed of an unfettered outdoor life raising animals.
Today Jane's living her dream. In rural Wisconsin, surrounded by ducks, geese, goats, cats, dogs, donkeys, and a pet pig, Jane writes books and leads elders on backpacking adventures. Her latest book is Not A Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World. To see how a determined woman crafted a life for herself that seemed out of reach, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Jane A. Schmidt.
Getting arrested is expensive, millennial Taylor Brorby learned after he engaged in civil disobedience in Boone, Iowa, last autumn to protest construction of the Bakken Oil Pipeline. Taking a stand on behalf of his old home, near the North Dakota Badlands, and his new home, Ames, where he's pursing MFA studies in creative writing and the environment, Taylor views Dakota Access Pipeline construction across the U.S. as an incursion he has to resist.
Love of landscape and concern for nephews who he fears may someday ask him why he didn't do more. His new book, Coming Alive: Action & Civil Disobedience, describes Taylor Brorby's reluctant journey from homebody to activist. A good read for people grappling with their own evolving activism. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl.
"Ski behind skiers that are better than you are." That advice from her father inspired dancer BETH CORNING to craft a dance career that features interdisciplinary collaboration and celebrates the strengths of mature performers. A dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director of Corning Works, Beth's studied with outstanding teachers. Now recognized as a Master Teacher herself, she's served on faculty and as guest artist in dance programs in the U.S., France, England, and Scandinavia. Tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Beth Corning! [Photo Credit Frank Walsh]
During Iowa woods walks, urbanite MARC NIESON learned to connect with nature, his most creative self, and other people. Marc's memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: LESSONS ON LOVE AND LANDSCAPE, describes the pivotal year he spent living in an old one-room schoolhouse while attending The Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Distraught over a failed 10-year relationship, Marc came to Iowa seeking apartness. Instead he found a tribe of supportive fellow writers, a landscape that seduced him, and the realization that writing and life are all about connecting. Today Marc serves on Chatham University's faculty and is fiction editor of The Fourth River. To hear Marc's description of his evolving creative process, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Marc Nieson.
Mystery writer Martha Grimes & her son Ken tackled their alcohol problems using different strategies. They share their struggles and their successes in Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism. In this episode of The Studio, which first aired in 2013, Ken Grimes also relates his experiences learning the writing craft while a student at The University of Iowa and while writing this nonfiction book with his mother. Her mystery novels have achieved more than ten million sales in the U.S. alone.
Every curly head is different! So says Iowa salon owner Martha Watson, a small town cosmetologist whose specialty--Curly Hair Artistry--draws clients to her Aurora Salon from across the street and across the state. Voted #1 Favorite Stylist for two years running in the Hawk Eye Readers Choice competition, Martha has valuable tips for entrepreneurs and for people stymied by their own or a loved one's curly tresses.
Community knitters share warmth, and life-long knitter Michelle Edwards models this brand of kindness in her newly released picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Michelle will read this heart-warming story to kids and adults and teach kids to make yarn pom-poms Saturday, Nov. 12th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the At Home Store on the Fairfield, Iowa square.
If you want to create work, dive into other worlds: they give you enthusiasm and hope. So says professional dancer and dance teacher Kenny Pearl, author of The Dance Gods: A New York Memoir. Kenny lived in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s. He danced for and with Martha Graham and later circled the globe dancing for the boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Now on dance faculty at Canada's Ryerson University, Kenny works with emerging dancers and preserves the memories of legends.
Expat turned Iowan Casey Hynes is a contributing writer for Forbes Asia, a freelance journalist, and a content marketing writer with extensive experience covering tech, entrepreneurship, and human rights issues in Asia. Committed to building community wherever she lands, Casey's a member of the Fairfield CoLab and serves on its Board of Directors. She also founded the Iowa Chapter of the Journalism and Women Symposium.
Tackling the writing and publishing process together proved productive for novelists Rachel Hyde and Grace Gillespie Carter. Though they live far apart, they've been friends for nearly 50 years and writing support pals for 22. For tips on how to craft relationships that foster creativity, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Rachel and Grace.