by Shannon Turner | Feb 4, 2021 | Blog, food, personal narrative, self-image
As I prepare for this project, I invite you to talk to me. Over the next few months, on my social media, I will be hosting “Food Fridays.” I will ask questions such as…What’s a food that makes you feel really good in your body when you eat it?
Who is someone you really trust that you think could help fix our food systems?
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘food systems’?
by Shannon Turner | Jan 12, 2021 | empathy, personal narrative, self-consciousness, self-image, self-worth, trauma, vulnerability, walks with grief
Did I have enough time to take a good shower and dry my hair before the call? If not, was I willing to go through the video call with wet hair? [Side note: I’m not one of those women who looks cute and dewy after stepping out of the shower. My face gets flushed from rosacea, and my stringy hair makes me look rather like a drowned rat. In other words, I generally try to avoid having people see me in such a state.] If I didn’t take a shower then, was I willing to spend the rest of the day feeling gross? [Another note: This is the pandemic, so you know, it had indeed been, um, a whiiiile since the last shower.]
by Shannon Turner | Dec 8, 2020 | Blog, personal narrative, self-consciousness, self-worth, vulnerability
What emerged was an essay, “The Garlic Epiphany,” comprised of short reflections on a world without him, a world where his voice was silenced, how I struggled to feel alive on some days spent stretched out for too many hours on the couch he’d left to me. The title came from the ending where I was struck with the very sensory experience of standing at the stove, stirring garlic in a pan, the pungent odors and crackling sounds washing over me…
by Shannon Turner | Nov 11, 2020 | Blog, COVID-19, pandemic, personal narrative, walks with grief
Here are some of my favorite ways that I’ve kept going–what I’ve done to keep myself occupied, reflections on my best and hardest moments, and what I hope to carry with me into next year when we emerge into another new reality…
by Shannon Turner | Oct 28, 2020 | Blog, change, nostalgia, Patreon, personal narrative, walks with grief
As the election season has dragged on this autumn, I’ve found myself falling back in time to that time four years ago when the wheels of change were starting into motion for me. The actual week of the election I was still trying to juggle my full-time job as the managing director of a dance company while also conducting a storytelling residency at Virginia Tech.
by Shannon Turner | Jul 9, 2020 | alternative realities, Blog, personal is political, personal narrativeWhere last we lay our scene, we were discussing how, history, as its taught to us and spoken about, is often not the full picture. So many things have echoes from …the personal…..to the organizational……to the community …….to the...