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Artists needed: Will you help with journaling pages?
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. ...
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Marketta Gregory never meant to be a columnist. \x34I trained to be a newspaper reporter -- one who tried to her best to be objective. I covered religion for a few years and felt like it was the best job a curious woman like me could ever have. Every day I got to listen as people told me about the things that were most important to them, the things that were sacred. But the newspaper industry was changing and few papers could afford to have an army of speciality reporters. So, I moved to cover the suburbs where, as luck would have it, they have plenty of religion, too. Eventually, children came into the picture. One by birth and another two months later by foster care/adoption. I struggled to chase breaking news and be home at a decent hour, so I made the move to what we journalists call the dark side: I took a job in public relations. (Don't worry. I work for a great non-profit, so it's not dark at all.) When I gave my notice at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, the executive editor asked me to consider writing a column on a freelance basis. She didn't want the newspaper to lose touch with its religious sources, and she still wanted consistent faith coverage. I was terrified. It took me about 10 months to get back to her with a solid plan and some sample columns. And so it began, this journey of opening up my heart to strangers.\x34
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By simplyfaithful
Jan. 3, 2013 12:01 a.m.



St Michael's 2Dearest readers,

Could you help me with a little project? I think several of us are feeling emotionally drained, maybe even a bit dry in our creativity, so I have this plan to focus on hope in the days leading up to Easter… this plan for us all to journal and create and inspire one another during Lent.

St Michael's 3So, I’d like to invite artists of all abilities to design journaling pages that readers can download.

And my writing friends, would you consider what you might contribute on the art of sharing your soul?

Photographers, do you have pictures of hope — or suggestions of how we might capture hope in pixels or on film?

Musicians, what should we listen to as we prepare our hearts for Easter? Dancers, what can we do to move toward hope?

I’ll share more details soon, but if you are interested in helping with this project, please let me know by Jan. 10.

Thank you for considering it!

Blessings,

Marketta

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