Listen to the Past, Find Your Way Forward: The Art of Listening to Your Ancestors

Starts:Saturday, May 04, 2013  9:00 AMEnds:Saturday, May 04, 2013  12:00 AM


Registration preferred: Brenda Wills, 541-961-6420 or


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

Directions: Google Maps and other online mapping programs can have a problem directing you to the VAC. Here are the easiest directions to follow: heading north or south on Hwy. 101, turn west on NW 3rd St. Proceed straight down the hill. At the second stop sign, turn right. One short block later, turn left under Nye Beach archway. Proceed straight to Nye Beach turnaround and parking lot. The VAC is the large blue and gray building off the turnaround. To director offices and upper parking lot: turn west of Hwy. 101 at NW 3rd St. Head down hill. At second stop sign, continue straight 1.5 blocks, with the Sylvia Beach Hotel remaining on your left. The VAC administrative offices can be accessed through the smaller, upper parking lot.

Event Description:

Before us, ancestors. After us, generations yet unborn.  How is your life impacted by a context that wide?  Nancy Thurston will facilitate a lively exploration of living with a generational perspective through creativity, reflection and writing. 

It’s easy to stay cozy in our assumptions, to rest in what we’ve always known or believed.  Until we can’t anymore.  We feel restless, troubled, unsettled.  We wonder what else might be possible and how we might burst out of our cramped lives into something spacious and new.

This workshop is about the present, yet it’s held within the context of past and future generations.  It bounces off of Nancy’s memoir, Big Topics at Midnight: A Texas Girl Wakes Up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself, yet the focus will be on the participants. It’s personal, and it touches the global family. 

You’re invited to come and wake up to your own life— where and who you’ve come from, what new stories you’d like to live and how you, too, are a part of a much bigger family tree than you’ve ever imagined.

Additional information about Nancy or her book: Books available at Canyon Way Bookstore, Newport.


Sometimes we must immerse ourselves in the past to learn to be present.


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