I am searching for stories which reach across the distance between people and help us to not feel so alone.
“Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering… we may need to listen to each other’s stories once again.” (Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen)
I write weekly from The Front Porch.
I learned my family’s history and the stories of others around the kitchen table or listening from my perch on the porch. Here is a post to help you understand my history with that place (The Safest Place to Own Your Story). I have a slowly growing Facebook group where we are beginning the work of trusting our stories with one another. You can find us here: Front Porch Conversations
I have a deep love and respect for survivors… for women.
This US election cycle has made it even more obvious to me HOW much we need to hear the stories of those around us: to grow, to heal, to change, to be brave, and to feel less alone.
I want to feature stories which are not my voice. Have you ever gotten tired of hearing your own voice? This is me right now.
When I went through a breakup with an old way of life eight years ago, it was the stories formed by wisdom writers which saved me. I leaned into memoir and discovered Life & Spiritual Gurus I never would have known had I stayed in those old confining life & belief systems. (My love for story and wisdom words can be found here.)
So, I am seeking out wise women (men too) who have a story to share about whatever: the feminine divine, being a woman, faith shifts, growing up, the truth about sexual violence, being a man, patriarchy, confining belief systems, feminism, immigration, LGBTQ, marriage, parenting, loving well, relationship fractures and healing…
I want to celebrate healing.
I want to help us all feel less crazy and less alone.
– Essay should be 500-750 Words (no more than 1,000; no less than 500)
- If your writing voice fits well – I might consider more than one post to do a miniseries if you have more to tell.
- You do not need to provide an image.
- Posting anonymously is OK. I want to know your name, but I will not share you without your permission.
- IF NOT WRITING ANONYMOUSLY, You can share a three-sentence bio line with social media links and a photo (selfie) so readers can find you. Please include this with your submission.
If you create art, word lettering, or photography and would like have an image essay of your story featured… I am open. Let’s chat.
- You retain the right to your submissions, but please no cross posting. If you are looking to share on your own website include a short excerpt and then link to the full article on the JESSICAKMCGUIRE site. This is SEO friendly otherwise your post will get lost in the world-wide wonderland.
- Also, let us know if this story has been featured elsewhere.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
(copy and paste directly into the email or attach a Word document – thank you.)