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July 28, 2013
Conference experience was surprising. It was a safe place to share ours words and art. The purpose was for us to hear our own voices read our words as they were witnessed by the others. In the summary phases, we shared our overall experience in front of our paintings. I had neglected to assemble mine, so the act of gathering, taping while group waited, unnerved me. When I began to speak, my voice was quivering. I learned that when I talk louder, it unquivered my voice. Curiosity and observation calmed me. I wasn't hijacked by nervousness. I shared this information.