Kenoter Nancy Slonim Aronie knocks our socks off at SCN National Memoir Conference
By chance, I encountered Nancy in the hallway before her talk. My gaze caught by the runching and siver-shine of her skirt. She was also sock-footed, sans shoes. "Oh, I had these shoes especially made," she mentioned off-handly. "Forgive my gaze, it was the lines and fabric of your skirt that caught my eye. I'm a sock-lover, too," I said, pulling up my trouser-legs to show her my current foot-garb. "Ever since I left organizational life, I only wear socks." We chatted a moment more and then I stuck out my hand to introduce myself...and found I'd been chatting with our keynote speaker. I'd had no idea.
That's the charm of Nancy Slonim Aronie...slightly madcap, no airs, and an opening address that knocked our socks off, "We Are All Alchemists: How to Turn Your Sorrow into Gold."
She's been there; she's still there; she knows; and she tells. Here are a few notes I jotted down in between my mesmerized attention.
--"Let go of what you need [from the other person] and go to where [the other person] lives." (To me, this is the definition of compassion.)
--"There are people who are very loyal to their suffering."
--"Why do you give everything away so fast?"
--"We see through the prism of our wounds."
--"Why do you let him make such a fool of you?"
--"the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves"
--Why his son stopped being angry: "I realized it wasn't helping anything."
Oh, and did I mention she's hecka-funny? The audience loved her and enjoyed laugh after laugh. She has impeccable comic timing, and can move from tears into a laugh line. What a performance! A performance of truth, by a woman of heart.
I take my socks off to you, lady...but I'll wash them first before I give them to you.
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