Settling in and Breaking Out! First Stop NC

Firstly a thousand pardons for my utter neglect of my blog. After taking a break over the holidays (and soaking up the Oaxaca sun) I moved to Selinsgrove, PA (Susquehanna University). Amazing how much energy and concentration goes into relocating. Besides all of the work to settle (unpack, set up an office space, make new friends, connect with friends I met over the past year here) I also took up in earnest once again to work on my memoir after a break during the fall tour. After two hours a day of writing, I felt I had nothing left for a blog.

Well, here I am back at the blog and ready to embark on the 2010 Winter/Spring Tour. I used to title my tours. Back in 2005 it was the Burning Bush Tour. What shall 2010 be I wonder. Will have to think about that.

I begin in North Carolina, Warren Wilson College exactly right outside of lovely and weird (they like being weird) Asheville, NC. From Feb 1-18 I will be their Activist in Residence doing a variety of performances, workshops, classes and community activism. Here is my schedule (Public events in bold–See Facebook page for more details) Leah McCullough, the school’s Spiritual Life Director, has organized most of these events in order to deepen various dialogues on campus and beyond. I am VERY excited about my time at the school.

Warren Wilson College Activist-in-Residence: February 1-18, 2010

Monday, February 1

  • arrives in Asheville –  – Go to lunch
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Emmaus Group – Bibliodrama (Luke 7 story about the “bad woman giving Jesus a sexy foot massage)

Tuesday, February 2

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Class: Feminist Thought (Laura Vance)
  • – Theater – Technical Run-through –

Wednesday, February 3

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Class: Gender and Social Change (Laura Vance) – Where we will discuss essential and constructed gender

    Scene from Transfigurations

Thursday, February 4

  • 6:30 p.m. – Quaker meeting –

Friday, Februay 5

  • Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for diversity training/Queer issues with staff

Monday, February 8

  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Emmaus Group – Integrating Faith with Sexuality

Tuesday, February 9

Wednesday, February 10

  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Work Crew Training (Peace and Justice, Spiritual Life, Empower, RISE, Queer Resource Center) – Slow Dancing with the Enemy: Effective Strategies for Engaging Your Opponent – Upper Fellowship
  • 7:30- 8:40 – Class: Religion, Work and Service – Topic this night is “Honesty” – living into true self – integrated life – being who you are meant to be – finding your passion  – Jeanne Sommer –

Thursday, February 11

  • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Presentation – “This is What Love in Action Looks Like” or New Media or Storytelling as Activism – Not a set program yet

Friday, February 12

  • 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. – Class: Creative Non-Fiction (Catherine Reid) – Jensen 206

Monday, February 15

  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Emmaus – Integrating Faith and Sexuality (continuing the conversation) –

Tuesday, February 16

  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Queer Circle –

Wednesday, February 17 (Ash Wednesday)

  • Goodbye Party

My bags are nearly all packed with a variety of scarves and wigs and Audre Lorde books and face creams. If you live in the Asheville area or know of folks who do, please spread the word!


This post has 10 Comments

  1. Jane on January 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I hope you have a great time! Make sure to take time to recharge yourself.

  2. Beth on January 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Peterson!

    Missing you as always. Your schedule sounds fabulous. What lucky people down in Asheville! Have a wonderful time and know you are being held in the light.


  3. Kayte on January 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hey Peterson!

    I work on the Spiritual Life crew with Leah, and I cannot wait to have you on campus! We are busy getting ready too. It just started snowing 20 minutes ago and now everything is snow-dusted and beautiful, waiting for you. Travel safely and see you on Monday!

  4. p2son on January 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    yay, I am very happy about coming to WWC 😀

  5. Joe G. on January 30, 2010 at 10:57 am

    why not name it the “The World Should Have Been My Oyster” tour?

  6. Vicki Hesse on January 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    We look forward to having you in Spartanburg! blessings – Vicki

  7. e2c on February 10, 2010 at 12:09 am

    dude – you’re in Selinsgrove now?! We have to have a meetup at some point – I’m about 75 miles from you.

    Welcome to PA. 😀


  8. p2son on February 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Well, yes and no. I have my residence in Selilnsgrove, but I will not be there for any significant time until mid-April. We are moving to Sunbury soon. Thanks for the welcome!

  9. e2c on February 10, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I hear you, and hope all goes well re. the move… you still won’t be that far away. am hoping you’ve got some upcoming gigs in central PA. (Good icebreaker, plus i really would like to see you in person, as opposed to DVD and YouTube.)

    and hey – I doubt the weather’s going to be decent until mid- April, at the rate we’re going. 😉

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