Betty Shapiro

In the past I never considered myself a writer. However, I decided to add poetry to my list of pursuits that I previously had no interest in doing and for which I thought I had no talent. Poetry was the fourth endeavor added  to this diverse post-retirement list, which includes boxing (non-contact, of course), singing in a choir and performing Shakespeare. All four have resulted in publications, performances and/or films, and all four reliably bring me joy!

I often combine my writing and the visual arts.  I create intricate designs and  embolden my creations with brilliant colors, often embedding symbols to deepen and personalize a piece.  I create realistic and abstract work which can be serious or whimsical. Personal history “quilts” are a favorite. Preferred themes include family, Judaica and healing. 

young woman with brown skin and long black hair standing in a forest looking up and slightly smiling
February 20, 2023
closeup of elderly woman's hands being held by younger person's hands, both light-skinned
September 29, 2022

The Reconstructionist Network

Dreaming Our Ancestors Home: Connecting With and Healing Our Past

Connect with your ancestral lineage through active waking and sleeping dreamwork. Guided mediations using active dreamwork, time travel to the past and future, and opportunities to engage in dream circles with the class as a whole and in hevruta will be part of the sessions. Four sessions starting March 19.

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