Archive | June, 2017

I Get to Tell People’s Stories

28 Jun

My 13-year-old daughter recently had a pretty good epiphany about my work as a writer.

After hearing about my work day involving the opportunity to interview and write about some really interesting people, Sydney said: “Your work is just you talking to people. It’s what you already do best.”

Indeed!

The best part about being a writer is the opportunity to tell people’s stories.

A few weeks ago (before going out West on a wonderful vacation, which has taken my attention for the last 15 days or so),  I was the sole reporter for a pretty cool sporting event in our city.

The Senior Games brought more than 10,000 athletes over 50 years of age to Birmingham, and I got the opportunity to interview a bunch of the inspiring men and women–and to tell their stories.

Here’s a sampling of some of the stories I got to share.

There was the blind swimmer who, at 70, competed in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter races. She told me: “You can do whatever you set your mind to.”

READ HER STORY HERE

Then there was 101-year-old Julia Hawkins, who ran AND cycled at the Games.

READ HER STORY HERE

There was 103-year-old John Zilverberg (the oldest athlete in Birmingham) who took home five medals.

READ HIS STORY HERE

And the swimmer who was a gold medalist years before in the Olympics, and now helps veterans with PTSD.

READ HER STORY HERE

And the 86-year-old bowler who had also run in 26 marathons.

READ HIS STORY HERE

There was also Pat Boone (yes, THAT Pat Boone), who not only sang at the Games but also played basketball.

READ HIS STORY HERE

And there was my favorite story of all.

I had the privilege of meeting the very first woman to ever run in the Boston Marathon. When she first did it–back in 1967–she was almost forced off the course by angry men who didn’t want a female runner to compete with them. She’s an icon of female empowerment, and shares her story and inspiration around the world.

READ ABOUT KATHRINE SWITZER HERE

Being a writer is grand.

I get to meet so many people every single day who teach me more about about the human experience than I would have ever known otherwise.

It’s a great way to make a living.

 

Some pictures from the 2017 SCWC

10 Jun

The 2017 Southern Christian Writers Conference is in the history books.

But we have pictures to help us remember the awesome time we had.

Check some of them out:

The conference was a wonderful success, and we can’t thank all of the speakers and attendees enough for making it a weekend to remember.