Anne Palmer, a professional speaker and author, shared her near-death experience with a group of intent listeners inside Mt. Airy bar Goat Hollow.
“It was 105 degrees for three weeks,” Palmer emphasized. “Not outside. 105 degrees inside. Inside my body, burning itself up from the inside out.”
The second Monday of each month, people from different walks of life gather at this local spot to take part in “MoMondays,” an open mic night for speakers to share personal stories, network with one another and learn through others’ life lessons.
Each person who took the stage last week had an engaging story to tell.
First-timer Anaiis Salles shared her journey from having a glamorous job, to being unemployed, to holding her current position as an urban beekeeper as well as active voice for the Philadelphia green movement. Veteran MoMondays’ speaker, Gerry Lantz, expressed both grief and hope through the story of the deaths of his son and father.
MoMondays was introduced to Philadelphia when Lea Brovedani moved here from Toronto and realized the absence of a platform where Philadelphians could strengthen their craft and create community ties.
“All of us who are involved in MoMondays believe that when we share our stories, we share our humanity and we make the world a better place,” Brovedani ruminated.
She and Dot Allport began hosting the event six months ago and said it has grown over time and hope to eventually have hundreds of people from all over the city participating.
Further information on the event and speakers can be found at www.MoMondays.com.