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Writer’s Voice Cafe: An Evening of Conversation on Radical Aging
July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This month, the Provincetown Public Library continues its collaborative effort with the renowned Writers Voice Café. Continuing to further its mission of becoming a center for cultural storytelling in our community, the Library is working with the founding members of the Writer’s Voice Café to produce a series of monthly Cafés, Writing Workshops and Annual Events in 2019. Founded and hosted by Dian Hamilton in 2007, with Hilde Oleson and Lorraine Kujawa joining shortly thereafter, the Writer’s Voice Café provides writers and artists of all genres opportunities to share their work and to connect with others in the community for support and inspiration.
The July Writer’s Voice Cafe will feature an evening of conversation on radical aging with Mary DeRocco, creator of WRAG: Women’s Radical Aging Group, along with Judy Thompson and Barbara Loren Murphy, participants in Women’s Radical Again Groups.
The evening will begin with an open mic with a focus on the landscape of Aging-Anti Aging/ Growing Old. Individuals will have the opportunity (5 Minutes) to share personal stories, memoir, creative works- from their own or others biographical and/or family history- that speaks to the experience of Aging-Anti Aging/Growing Old.
WRAG principles easily apply to all ages and all people on the gender continuum. We all age differently and we become more diverse with age. What could be more radical than aging/growing old? But we age in the context of a culture that floods us with strong anti-aging messages, driven by a profit motive. How do we quiet the noise and find our own path through these later years? What do we need to cope with the challenges of aging?
Come join us and the spirit of WRAG-designed to energize and guide us in a gradual awakening to aging/growing old as we claim our age, listen to our wisdom, love our bodies, stay connected to our creative voice and to our community.
Mary DeRocco is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health clinician who has lived and worked in Provincetown year round, since the mid-1980s. In the 1970s, Mary began working with women’s personal growth and social justice groups. Integrated into her work with clients is her belief that facilitating change starts from within oneself and within the context of one’s significant relationships.
She is excited to return to her early passion of working with women to build community and effect social change for the betterment of all lives. She is now fully engaged in defining this next life chapter and returning to her creative self by nurturing a commitment to writing memoir, poetry and fiction, and awakening to growing old and the practice of listening to one’s inner voice.
Judy Thompson has lived year round in Truro since 1972. She worked as a licensed clinical social worker from 1988-2010 at Hospice Cape Cod as the Director of Social Work and Bereavement Services, as well as holding a position at Boston University School of Social Work.
Fully retired in 2010, she volunteers as a Mediator in the Orleans court and continues to pursue training in social work and meditation. Judy is committed to a daily meditation practice.
Judy came to WRAG in her 81st year and is thrilled to look directly into her own “old age” with other women who are also curious about their aging/ growing old stories. She is happy to assist in building community around Aging and to encourage women and girls to share their life stories.
Barbara Loren-Murphy has been a nurse for 52 years, a psychiatric nurse for 39 years and a psychiatric nurse practitioner and prescriber for 17 years until her retirement at 75 years of age in 2017. So many years in the nursing profession fused Barbara’s personal and professional identities, making the first eighteen months or so of retirement both confusing and depressing.
As life so often does, it put in Barbara’s path two life-changing experiences: a meditation group and the Women’s Radical Aging Group. In opening herself to both, Barbara began to explore a future no longer attached to her profession but exciting and full of potential.
The July Writer’s Voice Café event at the Provincetown Public Library will be held in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Wednesday, July 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served. Everyone and all ages are welcome! Free will donation. Wheelchair accessible.