Author, artist and adventurer Nancy Scheibe of Ely will present “River Stories, Making Dreams Come True,” as a Kitchigami Regional Library System Legacy Program on Thursday, May 9, in Crosslake and Pequot Lakes.
Programs will be at 2 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center and at 7 p.m. at the Pequot Lakes Library.
Scheibe’s career as a writer started as a freelance journalist for the Ely Miner, a hometown newspaper where she was also the cartoonist. She used writing as a way to process and give meaning to her experiences. She combined her artistic abilities with her counseling background to heal from an abusive relationship and wrote her first book, “Women’s Experience Coloring Book — a Playful Journey in Healing and Hope.”
A desire to fulfill a childhood dream of paddling the Mississippi River combined with a need to hear women’s stories gave birth to the project, Ripples of Wisdom. She divided the river into three sections and with teams of volunteers (in 2004, 2007 and 2011) she led the kayaking expeditions that ensued. She’d never kayaked prior to these trips.
She’s written and illustrated three books that vividly capture the flavor and adventures of each section of the river and the heartwarming and inspiring stories of the women she met along the way.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.