The gift

April 22nd, 2012

Just back from the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Conference in Dayton Ohio, where I gave a workshop called Finding Your Authority to Write–getting writers and aspiring writers to consider writing as an act of service, not of self-indulgence.

This morning, I opened my mail, and found this:

give quote from Isabel Allende

Give, give, give — what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.

Isabel Allende



3 Responses to “The gift”

  1. Alexandra says:


    I’m still floating on air from my experience at Erma Bombeck. All the amazing speakers and presenters I met, each one eager to spend time with me and share what they know.

    I still can’t believe the atmosphere of love to share of what these women (especially you) knew, how much they knew, and their abundance in wanting to hear what we needed to know.

    You, Karyn, what a blessing to my weekend to meet you. I was working on my tentative schedule for the week’s classes, and had just written your name down when I saw your name tag.

    I am a shy person, but I couldn’t miss this opportunity. I have missed to many already in my life because of overthinking.

    I decided to introduce myself, and knew that the worse that could happen would be that you’d have to take a ‘call.”
    But you greeted me warmly and made me feel so glad I did decide to introduce myself.

    Thank you for a wonderful dinner and a wonderful presentation.

    I took away so very much, especially the feeling that I am a writer.

  2. Lindsey says:

    Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Perfect. xox

  3. Ann McFarland says:

    Dear Kyran,

    In your class at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop I saw your: Grace under pressure; generous, original, well-organized advice; funny, authentic presence; kind warmth. May the world return your blessings ten-fold. Thank you for your class.

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