MY COUSIN THE SAINT
A Search for Faith, Family, and Miracles
by Justin Calanoso

Posts Tagged ‘Molly McGinn’

The Monti in Greensboro

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Tomorrow night, a new and unique Triangle entertainment event comes to Greensboro — The Monti, an evening of storytelling. I was lucky enough to be part last month’s event in Chapel Hill, and will take part again. There’s a wonderful lineup of storytellers, including Greensboro singer songwriter Molly McGinn (fresh off her success in Triad Stage’s “Bloody Blackbeard“), Greensboro fiction writer Quinn Dalton, as well as Jeff Polish, founder of The Monti.

Starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Underground, 1720 Battleground Ave. Tickets are $7. Details here. We’ll be done before Biden’s speech, promise!

UPDATE: News & Record praise for The Monti is here.

Examine and reveal

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Writing a memoir is an act of self examination, self revelation. People I trusted in writing my own memoir persuaded me early that I must be prepared to examine and reveal. It did not come naturally. As a journalist, I have always enjoyed the distance I could keep from the subjects I was/am writing about.

Now comes the time to put the memoir out there for people to see, and I am reminded that the examining and revealing continues. And I am finding, gratefully, that far from being a burden, it’s an honor — an honor to be open and candid with people eager to connect with my story at some personal or spiritual level.

Keeping this blog is part of that act. It’s a new form of communication for me. But I have a couple of great role models: fellow journalist Ed Cone, whose blog I am been reading for years, and singer/songerwriter Molly McGinn, who has been tutoring me in not only the technicalities of blogging, but the spirit of it as well.

The important thing is being honest. I hope I can do it as well as they do.