Join the Branford Land Trust for its final Winter/Spring Lecture, “How to Use the Sweet Spots of the Earth, the Sea and Sky to Your Best Advantage” with author Mary O’Connor, to be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library, 58 Main St., Branford, CT. The event is free and open to the public.
This program takes a look at the healing and inspirational aspects of the natural world. Mary O’Connor draws on a combination of scientific research as well as the personal stories of those who have found relief, fulfillment or contentment in simple ways. Program attendees will be invited to participate in an exercise using various bits of nature in zip-lock bags, to learn how to apply our senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell, to capture all that nature offers.
Mary O’Connor lives in Old Lyme on the Connecticut shore, a source of inspiration for much of her work. As a writer and an artist, she is strongly influenced by simple observation of the world’s natural beauty. The realization that one need not look far to find an element of peace, of celebration, of joy, provides the inspiration for much of her writing that appears in Dreams of a Wingless Child and Life Is Full of Sweet Spots, a curious travel guide for those who seek joy in their lives.
A frequent public speaker and workshop facilitator, Mary teaches poetry writing to inmates at York Correctional Institute, the Connecticut state prison for women, and is an active volunteer in the community social service arena. It is, however, her ear for hearing what people have to say, combined with her eye for the joy to be captured in the world around us, that best define her work.
Photo ©2014, Mary O’Connor