An invitation from our Board Vice-Chair, Phyllis Westover:
Last fall, Clyde Wendel, Vice Chairman of United Missouri Bank from 2006-2014 and friend of The Writers Place, undertook the pilgrimage upon El Camino de Santiago, aka The Way of St. James, in northwestern Spain. The Camino, which leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the shrine to the apostle St. James--was an experience he considers a metaphor for life. Following his retirement from UMB, he wanted a complete change to rethink, recharge and re-experience life. He got it.
On Sunday, January 31st, at 2 p.m. at The Writers Place, Clyde will share his 640 mile walk from France across Spain and show photos of places and people he met. He says of his pilgrimage, "The 40 days of walking and reflection are for me one of my greatest accomplishments, and I believe that it has been a life-changing experience."
When Clyde was asked if he would share this key journey with us at The Writers Place, he wondered whether it would be of interest to writers. I assured him that those of us who work with metaphor in many forms would jump at the chance to learn vicariously about this time-honored pilgrimage that he and many others since the 9th century have found to be such a meaningful metaphor. Who among us--writer, doctor, businessman, or teacher--hasn't longed on occasion to get off the merry-go-round of daily life and reflect and absorb what is important? As writers enthralled with the stories of life, we are eager to share Clyde's journey and hear his response to our logo question, "What's your story?"
Clyde will give us a little background on the history of the Camino de Santiago and then take us with him as he began his journey in a horrendous storm and continued in beauty over hard climbs, stops at chapels, breaks to share fruit and stories with fellow pilgrims, meals with monks, and to follow paths sometimes worn down over the centuries to ten feet below the landscape. I invite you to be with us for what will surely be an inspiring afternoon and to visit with Clyde afterwards over refreshments.