What does it take to be selected as a regular columnist for a national industry publication, such as Psychology Today?
No simple resume or listicle could entail the qualities that such a position requires.
But we know of at least one woman that does.
Oh, The Tales She Could Tell!
Clairemont client Carrie Knowles is a storyteller, creator, world traveler, arts advocate and grandmother with a passport the size of a library.
Carrie’s abodes have spanned the globe from Belgium to Provence, with brief stints in Australia and South Africa. This vivacious lady is known for knitting colorful scarves and whipping up impromptu gourmet meals for her friends.
Author and Artist, Leader and Inspirer
Professionally, Carrie is an author of 45 years whose work has secured more than 25 literary awards, including six finalist nominations in Glimmer Train competitions and an Honorable Mention in the National Literary Awards. In fact, when her book “The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s” was first published, it was named one of the top 100 books on the topic of Alzheimer’s caregiving. As the esteemed 2014 Piedmont Laureate, Carrie has traveled North Carolina speaking to and teaching aspiring authors.
(Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at one of those workshops!)
From printed page to paint brush, Carrie’s community involvement has shaped the culture in the Triangle for three decades. Carrie founded and directed the Boylan Heights ArtWalk in Raleigh for 17 years, and she provided board leadership for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, Burning Coal Theater and the United Arts Council. In 2008, she brought the Brussels Chamber Orchestra to the US for its US debut and built the Cross Currents Chamber Music Festival around them. From 2008-2012, the Cross Currents Festival brought some of Europe’s top young talent to the Triangle and created a vital Side-by-Side training program for young Triangle musicians.
A life of accolades and wonderful accomplishments for sure. But the magic of Carrie is something more. Stories whisk you away to the countryside of France, a campfire in the Middle East, a garden in Michigan.
It was Carrie’s rich life experience coupled with her talent for storytelling that garnered the attention of the editor of Psychology Today. Now, Carrie shares her entrancing life tales in her regular column “Shifting Forward: A Wanderer’s Musings,” from her granddaughter’s humorous-yet-meaningful antics to the import of a simple summer salad.
Take a moment and savor something meaningful. Check out Carrie’s column!
P.S. Want to get social with Carrie?
Facebook Alzheimer’s Support Group: www.facebook.com/groups/TheLastChildhood