Diane J Schmidt recently won some awards including:
1st Place, Enterprise Reporting, for "Con Man Posing as Native fools merchants, media" for Gallup Independent, New Mexico Press Women, 2014 and Honorable Mention, Columns/personal, for Spiritual Perspectives column /Gallup Independent, NMPW, 2014. Annual Conference, Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces, NM
More of her writing can be accessed at The Examiner where she has the Albuquerque Judaism beat.
Diane J. Schmidt is a writer, photographer, educator and public speaker. Her work addresses both the seen and the unseen worlds. She covers social and environmental issues in the Southwest and enjoys giving talks with her photos that document coincidence and spirituality in dangerous situations.
Her national awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship for her photo essays on the city at night published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, and more recently 1st Place for enterprise reporting from the National Federation of Press Women, a Robert R. McCormick Fellowship to the Poynter Institute for journalism, and 1st place for news reporting from the Native American Journalist Association.
Memorable projects include the art photo book "The Chicago Exhibition," her memoir as a photojournalist covering the civil war in El Salvador, and producing health education materials and seminars for the Navajo Nation. She has a BA from Prescott College in Arizona, a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MA in the creative writing program from the University of New Mexico. She and her husband live in New Mexico.
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"HERE I STAND: What it means to me to sing on behalf of you."
"Every prayer I sing feels like a love song – between Adonai and my soul."
"My intention has always been to sing from that inner space called intimacy: into-me-see..."
"When I stand before Adonai and my Kehilah, it is with an awesome sense of humility and trembling, as if facing my beloved in a state of full surrender: naked and vulnerable."
Kimberly Burnham writes in Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers about the song, Adama V'Shamayim, Fellow editors and authors, Elizabeth Goldstein and Hannah Seidel also bicycled with Hazon on the Cross USA. Rabbi Goldstein rode from Seattle to Spokane, Washington. Kim and Hannah both rode the whole way across the US in nine weeks. Hazon created an amazing mobile Jewish community as we visited over 20 different Jewish communities from very small ones in Aberdeen, North Dakota to large communities in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and everywhere in between.
Meet Singer Songwriter, Ter Lieberstein, co-author in upcoming Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers
Ter Lieberstein is a singer, songwriter, and Cantorial soloist. She brings a lifetime of creativity, contemplation and experience to this project.
Although raised Jewish, Ter left when she was 16 (as so many of her generation did) to explore other spiritual pathways. Bu-Jew, Hin-Jew, Religious Science practitioner; lots of exploration! But these experiences gave her a unique perspective and richness that reveals itself in her songs and performances.
With warmth and deep compassion, Ter has worked with all ages and populations. She is a trained Life-Cycle Celebrant, and officiates at ceremonies of all kinds. As a chaplain, Ter is called to hospice work and provides music for patients and their families to encourage communication and create an atmosphere of peaceful harmony.
In addition to her work with others, Ter has created a performance series called “Voices of Women” that explores the journeys of the women of Torah through song, story, readings, and interactive participation. More information and a video Click Here.
To learn more about Ter Lieberstein and hear song samples, visit LovingStone.com.
To this work, Kimberly Burnham, PhD brings 12 years of finding meaning in Jewish Renewal and music in Colorado (Neve Kodesh) and Connecticut (P'nai Or and Shir Hamakom). In 2013, she bicycled with Hazon, raising awareness and money for sustainable agriculture and food justice. An award winning poet, she won the 2013 Sage USA's story contest with a poem about her nine week 3000 mile Hazon Cross USA journey as she enjoyed the beauty of words, songs and diversity in 20 Jewish communities.
Kimberly founded Creating Calm Publishing Group with Ann White. She uses her social media expertise to help authors, musicians and artists share their gifts more widely.
An integrative medicine practitioner, Kimberly specializes in helping people with brain and nervous system disorders like Parkinson's, Multiple sclerosis, Huntington's, and memory issues as well as chronic joint pain or diabetic neuropathy. Helping clients, she brings not only her training in alternative medicine but her own story of eyesight recovery after being diagnosed with a genetic eye condition. Watch her presentation on improving your vision at the 2012 Raising Consciousness Now Summit. Listen in as Kim and Ann talk about GMOs
Kimberly Burnham joins Elizabeth Goldstein and Ann White in editing the upcoming anthology: Music, The Carrier of Intentions in 49 Jewish Prayers.
Welcome to the Launch For One of Our Current Projects. The expected publication date for Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers is scheduled to be free as an eBook on Amazon on September 18th for one day.
If you are one of the Authors, Musicians, Cantors, Rabbis, Poets, or Singers involved in the project - Thank you. This is a very special project for Ann White and Kimberly Burnham at The Creating Calm Network Publishing Group and the editors, Elizabeth Goldstein and Kimberly Burnham.
There is a saying that, "A rising tide lifts all boats." In the case of Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers, an anthology launch lifts all spirits and moves your ideas out into the world. This book is about sharing your experiences so that people can live happier, more connected fulfilled lives because of what each of us shares.
Each of the fifty or so participants (musicians, cantors, rabbis, singers, poets, writers) in this project have been asked to choose a piece of Jewish music, liturgy or Torah passage to focus on as they tell their story of intention and music. The following five questions are guiding the writing process.
1) What is your intention while singing during Jewish services? What do you intend with your song? What does the singing draw you towards?
2) "Music is the carrier of intention, so the intention and focus of the person leading liturgical music is vital to the well-being of the congregation." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
3) "The intention and focus of the individual listening to and participating in a Jewish prayer service, influences not only their own well-being but that of everyone else around them because the music connects us." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
4) Is there a piece of prayer, praise or gratitude expressed in music that particularly touches you? Why?
5) Would you like to share a story about the power of music in your spiritual, mental or physical life?
The questions are meant as guidelines to express the way the music touches you and impacts your life and that of your community.