The Inspired Mic rises again this month at Leroy’s 19th Hole at Cypress Knoll. Each month we bring fourteen presenters who deliver their creative talent in myriad mediums. The Inspired Mic boasts writers of all genres, magicians, musicians, mentalists, actors, motivational speakers, painters, just to name a few. This month, we’ve drawn a speaker from New Jersey! Pick your tickets up now, because they are $10 in advance, $15 at the door! You may get tickets in person at Change Jar Books, Flagler Beach Gift Shop, The BeachHouse Beanery, and Leroy’s 19th Hole. You may also purchase advance tickets at The Inspired Mic.
Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg
For over 20 years I was a well published free lance essayist on political and social issues in the Gainesville Sun daily newspaper, Gainesville, Florida. I’ve self published two books: Experiencing Being–Caregiving My Mother A Son’s Stor and Sharing Life with Another—A Memoir of a Social Worker—Poignant End of Life Stories. A few of my short stories have been published in hard cover magazines as well as Elephant Journal, an on-line spiritual-yogic magazine.
I worked for almost 40 years as a community based social worker, writing many stories from this life of high work.
A video documentary, A Sh’mal World, is about the work I did with mentally ill homeless people. It was produced by two graduate students in video documentary at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The producers were intending to focus on the homeless but after driving around Gainesville for two weeks meeting my 15 clients, who I was case managing, they decided to focus on me. The docu includes a visit and interviews with my son, Miguel, who lives in Denver. He was an alcoholic and homeless for a few years. The producers had a budget allowing the three of us to visit Miguel for a few days in Denver.
I was born in Irvington, N.J. in 1939. Left home 20 years later getting a ride to Los Angles where I lived for 10 years. It was my “growing up” period. Lived on a back to land commune in the early 70s.
I have five children and two step-children. Three years ago I located my 55 year old daughter, Mona, after having no contact with her all her life. It was a blessing that she accepted me into her life, appreciating who I am and me appreciating her. We remain in regular contact.
I’m an avid backyard organic vegetable gardener with a 30’ X 60’ garden where is grown most of the vegetables my partner-wife, Linda Solomon, and I need. Naturally many share in the garden bounty.
Linda, my 10 year partner, is a well known artist in Flager County regularly selling her amazing art at Salvo art gallery. She developed cancer 15 months ago. It just went into remission, meaning it’s not all gone but stopped spreading.
For half my life I’ve had a daily yoga and meditation practice which has led me to have some healing energies that help Linda deal with the cancer.