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Conversations about shaping a new story about what's possible today-and living life with resilience, creativity, and purpose. With veteran writer, coach, and performer Dr. Sally Fox.

Vital Presence Sally Fox, PhD

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

Conversations about shaping a new story about what's possible today-and living life with resilience, creativity, and purpose. With veteran writer, coach, and performer Dr. Sally Fox.

    Sally Jean Fox: Following a Creative Call After Midlife

    Sally Jean Fox: Following a Creative Call After Midlife

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    Author Sally Jean Fox made it her quest to discover what could bring heart and meaning to the second half of her life. She chronicles her story in her new memoir Meeting the Muse After Midlife: A Journey to Meaning, Creativity, and Joy. In this episode, she is joined by Dana Lynne Andersen, her friend, colleague, and teacher to explore what it means to follow an artful, transformative path into one's last decades.
    Dana Lynne Andersen is the Director of the Awakening Arts Academy in Assisi, Italy, where she offers courses and also leads a Transformative Arts Certification program, which Sally has taken.
    Sally Jean Fox is an author, coach, performer, and artist who writes about the search for meaning in the post-midlife years. She writes the Engaging Presence blog and hosts (with exceptions like this) the Vital Presence podcast. 

    • 54 min
    Merle Saferstein: Writing and Sharing Your Legacy

    Merle Saferstein: Writing and Sharing Your Legacy

    Legacy educator Merle Saferstein teaches the power of legacy journaling—capturing thoughts and memories that might be only for the writer's eyes but from which lessons might be shared with others. 
    For 48 years, Merle Saferstein journaled, amassing a collection of 380 journals. From there she distilled key passages into two books Living and Leaving My Legacy Vols. 1 & 2 and interspersed her writings with tips on how to begin legacy journaling.
    Prior to writing her books, Merle spent twenty-six years as a Holocaust educator helping hundreds of Holocaust survivors to share their legacies.  After retiring, she created Leaving Your Legacy®. Through classes, workshops, and lectures, she has guided thousands of people in sacred legacy work, writing for wellness, and journaling.

    • 43 min
    Mik Kuhlman, The Actor as Activist

    Mik Kuhlman, The Actor as Activist

     
    Mik Kuhlman is an actor, physical theatre comedian, performance artist, theatre-maker, and teacher who has worked and taught globally. Building on her twenty-five years experience with original ensemble and solo theatre, she recently created a stunning outdoor performance and celebration of our connection with nature called, "The Standing Nation."  Merging science and feminist inspiration, she performs a piece of art and activism that will forever change how you see trees.

     

    • 43 min
    Gretchen Staebler: Walking your mother home

    Gretchen Staebler: Walking your mother home

    Gretchen Staebler is an award-winning author in the Pacific Northwest who wrote a moving memoir about returning to her childhood home to care for her mother. It's a candid, complex, and well-crafted story that will be useful to anyone faced with providing end-of-life care or support for a family member. Gretchen also provides advice and support for caregivers at her website GretchenStaebler.com.  In this interview, she offers some of her top tips for caregivers while talking about her own writing journey and how she produced her first book after sixty.

    • 41 min
    Priscilla Long: Creating at Any Age

    Priscilla Long: Creating at Any Age

    Priscilla Long, Seattle-based author or Dancing with the Muse in Old Age, Minding the Muse, and The Writer's Portable Mentor takes us behind the scenes of her fascination with late in life creators. 

    • 44 min
    Dana Lynne Andersen: The power of transformative arts

    Dana Lynne Andersen: The power of transformative arts

     
    Dana Lynne Andersen is a multimedia artist, writer, playwright, and teacher who has taught and exhibited on three continents.


    She is the founder of the Awakening Arts Academy, with programs in Assisi, Italy, and online.

    In this conversation, we explore the nature of the Transformative Arts Certification Program she offers—why it is so needed in the world and what it represents.

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

ZestfulAging ,

Thoughtful and smart interviews

I really enjoy listening to Sally’s thoughtful conversations. She has a warm and engaging way to ask questions. Sally has a great voice too!

M. R. Saferstein ,

Engaging Conversations

I was fortunate to be a guest on the Vital Presence podcast. Prior to my interview with Sally Fox, I listened to several episodes and was interested in the variety of subjects covered. Sally is an excellent interviewer who focuses on the essence of each individual and ensures that the listener takes something meaningful away from the episodes. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to learn and grow.

Storlietelling ,

Love the Story Pro Series

Sally is such a warm and engaging interviewer. She creates a space where it feels likes she’s sitting in her living room talking to a wise, close friend. These intimate conversations reveal many pearls of wisdom.

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