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What She Believes a poem by George Faunce, read and commented on by Jason Faunce

George Faunce ...

Lorna Kniaz grew up in Fort Atkinson. She attended UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison, graduating with a law degree. Her four kids, four grands, classes, lectures, travel, family, friends, reading, concerts, volunteering, and laughter almost fill her life. She has a small space left for writing.

Joanne Lee Storlie has earned a Master’s Degree in Humility, Gratitude and Optimism from the School of Daily Living in Madison, WI.  She hopes to complete her Doctoral Thesis titled, The Big Picture: What I’ve learned So Far, prior to entry into the School of the Great Beyond.

Norman Leer has published two books and a chapbook of his own poems, as well as a critical study of Ford Madox Ford.  In 1990 he received the Illinois Significant Poet's Award from state Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks.  He and his artist wife Grethe enjoy long walks and talks together.

Clara Lazimy was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband. After working for years in Human Resources and Education, Clara finds retirement very rewarding. She likes to travel, read, write, dabble in art, and spend time with her family.

Felicitus (Fay) Ferington was born in Buffalo, raised on a farm, studied and taught psych/mental health at several Big Ten Universities and retired from the Army Nurse Corps in 1991. In all, a life in love with photography since 1950, from film & the darkroom, to digital with prints of any color or shade.

Jim Albright was born and raised in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Jan, returned here after retiring. He is an engineer by degree and spent his working career in industry, all the while pursuing his love of painting. Some of his works can be viewed at his web site: www.

Joanna Kutter resides in Madison and Edgerton, Wisconsin where her Studio on the Edge is surrounded by woodlands that inspire her work. She holds a B.A. in Art from Beloit College where she also taught painting. Her works have been shown nationally and are included in private and corporate collections. Her website is

Donald Tubesing is the author of 20 books on stress management, co-founder of two award-winning book publishing companies, and past president of the Independent Book Publishing Association. Passionate about stone carving, he is founder of Michelangelo’s Workshop, a not-for-profit initiative teaching underemployed post-release inmates the art and craft of sculpting stone.

Mary DeWolf has been a member of PLATO since moving to the Madison area over 8 years ago.  She served as the Chairman of the Membership Committee, sat on the PLATO Board for three years, and is currently on the Agora Board and helps edit the Agora.  Mary is immensely proud to work on it and even more proud to be a part of what goes into producing that publication.   Originally from Chicago, Mary loves her adopted home of Madison.

Artmaking is Diane Hughes' spiritual process and sharing that passion with others has been important in her retirement years.  She offered the "Exploring Creativity" class through PLATO, served on the Agora committee and volunteered with the Madison Senior Center to help organize their annual art shows.  Covid19 ended most of those activities so she hopes that more time to focus on her own art will grow into other opportunities.  Mostly She is enjoying slowing down and just Being.

Daryl Sherman is an independent photography professional, and with Kathryn Lederhause has won many awards, including from the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha and the Madison Arts Guild. Daryl also is a writer, with authorship in both professional and creative genres.

Grethe Brix-J. Leer is a teacher, artist and writer. She has exhibited and published work in her native Denmark and America. She taught memoir writing and art to older adults in Chicago for several years and currently coordinates a women’s writing and self-discovery class for PLATO.

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