South Florida Times edi­tor re­leases “Wor­thy”

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OR­LANDO, Fla. – The venue was ideal for a dis­cus­sion about wor­thi­ness. In ad­di­tion to an ex­pan­sive col­lec­tion of African art, sculp­tures, masks and jew­elry, Three Masks Gallery in Or­lando pro­vides a won­der­ful space for com­mu­nity gather­ings, beau­ti­fully adorned with Afro­cen­tric dé­cor. It is where Con­ver­sa­tions: A Lit­er­ary Series is held each month. The April 21st edi­tion of the series pro­vided Michelle Hollinger, edi­tor of the South

Florida Times, a plat­form to dis­cuss her new book, “Wor­thy,” which she wrote ear­lier this year.

“It was dur­ing a meet­ing with my busi­ness con­sul­tant that I re­al­ized that even af­ter all the spir­i­tual work I’ve done, I was still deal­ing with wor­thi­ness is­sues,” Hollinger shared with the au­di­ence. She said get­ting to the bot­tom of why she un­der­charged for prod­ucts and ser­vices re­vealed that a poor sense of wor­thi­ness was shap­ing the way she made de­ci­sions and im­pact­ing how she was show­ing up in the world.

“As I did my work to re­vive my own wounded wor­thi­ness, it be­came ap­par­ent to me that I was not alone. There are so many peo­ple walk­ing around with wounded wor­thi­ness with­out re­al­iz­ing it,” she ex­plained.

Point­ing out, for ex­am­ple, that peo­ple who spend years at jobs they hate is an in­di­ca­tion of wounded wor­thi­ness evoked know­ing laugh­ter from some of the ap­prox­i­mately 50 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

“Dim­ming your light to ap­pease oth­ers who might not be com­fort­able with your suc­cess,” is an­other tell­tale sign that a per­son’s wor­thi­ness is wounded, added Hollinger, who is also the pub­lisher of The

Sis­ter­hood, a magazine for women. Mil­ton McCulloch, the event’s cre­ator and or­ga­nizer said, “Fea­tured au­thor Michelle Hollinger and f ea­tured poet Charlene Sears steered us to the truth about rec­og­niz­ing and re­gain­ing our wor­thi­ness. Au­di­ence mem­bers have said they got more than what they ex­pected.”

He launched the event in 2017 with quar­terly gather­ings and now hosts the dis­cus­sions monthly from Fe­bru­ary to Oc­to­ber at Three Masks (1023 W. Colo­nial Drive in Or­lando). “I seek to cu­rate a lit­er­ary series to de­light, en­ter­tain, in­form and in­spire the cul­tural senses of the au­di­ence via the writ­ten and spo­ken word,” McCulloch said. A con­ver­sa­tion about wor­thi­ness, he said, was a pow­er­ful ad­di­tion to the series. “Ul­ti­mately, the book helps re­mind peo­ple that life is not a dress re­hearsal and the in­ten­tion should be to ar­rive at the end of it with as few re­grets as pos­si­ble. Re­viv­ing your wor­thi­ness sets you free to ex­press your gifts and tal­ents, to take risks and be your au­then­tic self – un­apolo­get­i­cally,” Hollinger shared.

“Wor­thy” is avail­able on Ama­zon.com. To or­der, visit https://www.ama­zon.com/dp/1985856468/ref=nav_­time­line_asin ?_en­cod­ing=UTF8&psc=1

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF TYLER HAR­RIS

WOR­THY DIS­CUS­SION: Michelle Hollinger signs a copy of her new book,“Wor­thy,” fol­low­ing a dis­cus­sion at the Three Masks Gallery in Or­lando on April 21.

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