Around the globe, Real people, Real Lives, Real Spirituality
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Kelsey Timmerman, Interview #122
Name: Kelsey Timmerman Where you live: Muncie, IN
What you do as a vocation or avocation? Goer of places. Writer of things. Teller of stories. Whether laughing at the world with garment workers in Cambodia or talking with college students in Indiana, discussing SCUBA diving with lobster divers in Nicaragua or addressing a nonprofit in Florida, playing PlayStation with students in Kosovo or challenging high school students in the U.S. to see the world differently, I seek to connect people through words and pictures. I believe that if we reduce global issues to the stories of individual people, we can better see ourselves, our parents, our sons and daughters, and our hopes and struggles in one another. Your two favorite books: 1) Dracula 2) Huckleberry Finn
Why you are interested in spirituality? Because I’ve seen little girls laugh in Hell. Let me explain: I visited a dump in Cambodia where adults scavenged for recyclable earning $1/day and their kids picked through old trash for 25-cents per day. The sight and the smell of the place made me want to vomit, but the image I’ll never forget is a little girl throwing her head back and laughing.
Your favorite quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Einstein
Your hero? Mark Twain, for changing minds regardless of how reluctant through laughter.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? How to balance my compassion for my family, community, and the world.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually "connected?" I feel most spiritually connected underwater peering over the continental shelf into the abyss surrounded by a school of fish. It’s good to be reminded that their are places that only imagination and belief in something larger than ourselves can take us.