Pre-orders of my first poetry chapbook, Everyday Magic are available now through the end of March 2019. If you are interested and able, I hope you will support me. $3 of every pre-order will be donated to the ALS Foundation for Life. ALS is a devastating disorder, often known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, that took my brother David's life at the young age of 57 recently on January 22, 2019. The ALS Foundation for Life provides grants to individuals suffering from ALS, including help with communication devices, ramps, prescriptions, and tranportation. Thank you for your consideration. Much love, Stacy
My first solo art exhibition featuring 17 of my mixed media works is now on view at MADE by Millworks in Long Beach, California. Everyday Magic celebrates the power of simple and beautiful things along with themes of feminism, activism, and living a peaceful and joyful life. The gallery is located at 240 Pine Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday-Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. (Closed Mondays.) The exhibition is open January 12, 2019 - March 2, 2019.
I'm happy to share that my next book, A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work will be published by Sanctuary Publishers, a publisher I greatly admire for their veganism and work against all forms of oppression. Every book sold by Sanctuary Publishers helps support marginalized communities. This is a collaboration I am very grateful for and excited about!
I was recently interviewed for two radio shows related to my book Love Activism:
Click here to listen to me on the Dr. Wendy Walsh show on KFI Los Angeles from July 8, 2018.
I was also happy to appear on KPFA Berkeley's beautiful and inspiring Women's Magazine program hosted by writer and activist Kate Jessica Raphael. My interview starts roughly 31 minutes in, but I recommend the whole program.
The Love Activism book has been out for almost two weeks. I am happy to have received some positive feedback and a few radio interviews are coming up soon. If you have read Love Activism, I would love to hear from you.
I'm happy to share that my Love Activism related art pieces will soon be available for sale in Long Beach, California, at an awesome art store and space called MADE by Millworks. This is the third location for my art and I hope it will continue to grow, since it is part of my peaceful and therapeutic practice that I get to share and hopefully inspire others with. On this Memorial Day weekend, I am working on some new pieces for the Taos, New Mexico, and Santa Ana, California locations.
MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF YOU, STACY
I'm super excited to share with you that my book, Love Activism has been published by Litwin Books. The book includes a discussion of the 8 beautiful elements of Love Activism, lists of practices, interviews with 10 amazing activists, and much more!
If you are interested in discovering more about living a joyful activist life of kindness for yourself, your community, all living beings, and the earth, please get a copy of the book today. After reading the book, let's continue the discussion. I would love to hear from you.
Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Love Activism newsletter. I did not anticipate how busy I would be with my last book coming out and finishing the manuscript for the Love Activism book! My regular job as a librarian and professor also keeps me plenty busy. :-)
The first issue of the newsletter has been delayed. I have decided to create it to correspond with the publication of Love Activism, which will be out in the spring.
Thank you again for joining the community and your interest in Love Activism.
Much love, Stacy
This morning I was thinking of how much I have learned from my dog, Joni. Joni is a beautiful white German Shepherd with big, brown eyes. She is nine-years-old and we will soon be celebrating our second anniversary together.
Because of my living arrangement, I had to wait several years to adopt a dog. During this time, I created all kinds of scenarios of how things would be when I had a dog as a beloved companion again. When I adopted Joni, I quickly realized that some of what I imagined would not be. Due to neglect or trauma (or both), Joni is scared of people and certain noises. She sometimes has what resembles extreme anxiety. We have also been through three surgeries to have tumors removed from her belly.
During all of these experiences, my love for Joni has only grown stronger. She is well-loved and happy and healthy. I let go of the expectations I had and replaced them with love and acceptance of who Joni is and not who I wanted her to be. For all I know, there may be things I do that drive Joni crazy, but she always shows me love.
My relationship with Joni has made me more aware of how real love is a fluid experience. Real love is open to change. Real love can let go of rigid expectations and scan the landscape for "what is" and not "what we want."
You can see a photo of me with Joni on my contact page.
After writing and thinking about Love Activism for several years, as well as creating art related to the beauty and hope of a daily activism of kindness, I’m excited to now have a website to reach more people. Please visit the Join the Community page for options on how to stay connected. More will be coming to the site over the next few months and the book Love Activism will be published in the spring by Litwin Books.
Much love, Stacy