Christine Kahane moved back to Colorado in 2014 after spending three years in Tanzania. She owned her own business in Dar es Salaam building brand strategies and business plans for Tanzanian companies. When she landed back in the States, words failed her; she literally could not talk about what she had experienced. So she began writing it down. She kept writing and now is in edits with her forthcoming memoir: Mama Lulu. Today’s piece is excerpted from the book. Christine is an operatic lyric soprano, and mother to a six month old Yorkie named Miss Petunia Belle. They have recently moved to Lafayette, where, alongside her writing, Christine is building brand identities for a few clients in the area. Among her passions is a world that works for all. To that end, she completed a rigorous facilitator training last fall for Awake At Work: a mindfulness program for corporations that launched online with Sounds True this spring. She is participating in an initiative with the City and County of Denver to build a new blueprint for Health & Care. ‘Let what you love be what you do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.’ ~Jelaludin Rumi
Although Heather Lofquist had a successful and promising 11-year career in the Air Force and then five years as a government contractor (instructional designer/program manager) in the Washington, D.C. area, she finds being a mommy to a sweet, precocious, very well-spoken 2.75 year old girl and a quirky, inquisitive, persistent 7 month old boy to be the most rewarding, frustrating, amazing, exhausting, eye-opening, love-filled career she’s had yet. She’s eager to watch both of her kiddos as they learn and grow.
A mostly full-time stay at home mom, Heather currently works very part time at the University of Colorado and will begin classes in CU’s teacher licensure program in May 2015.
Elyana Funk is dedicated to service, her community, and supporting marginalized youth. She has worked for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County for the past 15 years. As the Sanchez Program Director, she worked closely with 40 “Dreamers,” following them from 2nd grade through their freshman year of college. She now serves as the AmeriCorps Site Director for IHAD and is also on the board of The Family Garden. Elyana is from Pennsylvania, attended college at Duke University, and now lives with her husband and 2 daughters in Lafayette, CO.
One of our favorite things about the Listen To Your Mother project is the First Rehearsal. Not only do we get to hear the stories again, together, but the cast finally gets to meet each other and hear the stories too.
Our local sponsor, Pica’s, provided a delicious dinner and Walden Hyde provided our comfortable space. Our cast provided their hearts and their bravery.
Terrible Joelle selfie
Tracy and Petra
Carrie, Stephanie, and Ellen
Thank you to our 2015 cast for your beautiful words and for sharing a part of yourselves with Listen To Your Mother.
You can hear all of our stories on Saturday, May 9th (4pm and 7pm) at The Dairy Center. Tickets will go on sale April 1st!