Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Interview with Photographic Journalist Cathy Lander-Goldberg

Cathy Lander-Goldberg
St. Louis, MO

Good morning, Cathy, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. Thank you for taking the time to be with us .What have you written? 
In addition to journalistic articles, I have written
PHOTO EXPLORATIONS: A Girl's Guide to Self-Discovery  through Photography, Writing and Drawing, a workbook for girls to better understand themselves, strive for a balanced life and set meaningful goals for the future. Readers use past photos and new images created through picture-taking and drawing to promote self-awareness and self-esteem.  Although designed for individual girls, many of the activities may be done in groups, so this is a wonderful tool for teachers, school counselors and youth leaders who want to help girls thrive. Although the exercises in the workbook are meaningful and empowering for all, the book is recommended for girls and adolescents ages 9 through 15. (Younger girls may choose to work with a parent, which provides a creative opportunity for connection.)

What is your favorite genre to write?  
Non fiction.

Favorite food.

Tea or coffee? 
Java chip Frappuccino : )

Pizza or ice cream?

Oh, my favorite kind of person. Wine or beer? 

Where would you like to visit?
Most anywhere with a beach.

Favorite musical artist.
The Indigo Girls.  

Do you listen to music when you write?

Instrumental music with no lyrics.
What makes you laugh?
My friends & family

This is an Art and Author blog, so I am obliged to ask, What is your favorite work of art or sculpture.
Painting my daughter made in elementary school.

How old were you when you started writing?
14 - for my school newspaper.

Describe your perfect evening. 
Backyard firepit with friends, cocktails, s’mores and guitar.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My passion about using creative arts to help girls and women learn more about themselves and express themselves.

That is wonderful! I LOVE IT. What do you do when you get a writer's block?Get outside and walk the dog or take a bike ride.

Who is your favorite author?

*SARK (author) - Wikipedia

Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (born 1954), known by her pen name SARK, is an American authorand illustrator of self-help books. Five of her sixteen books have been national bestsellers, and she has sold more than two million copies of her books.

Best book you ever read. 
Too many to pick from!

Last book you read. 
Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?  
I actually make my living as a psychotherapist, professional photographer and educator.  My workbook is used as a tool to empower girls.

My journalistic writing has been about topics related to my interests such as body image, photography and resilience.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
I have been fortunate to have many female teachers and mentors throughout my life who have taught me skills but more importantly cheered me on and help build my confidence, which comes in handy in all of my work.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Oprah...I think we would have a lot to discuss on topics we are both passionate about such as empowering girls and women, self-image and resilience.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? 
Give yourself permission to write...a journal, poetry, essays, fiction without worrying how good may be. Set your critic aside and write what interests you, and worry about your audience later.

Bio: Cathy Lander-Goldberg, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with a focus on women’s issues.  She is the director of Photo Explorations, which offers workshops for girls and women, which utilize self-expression through creative arts.  She also is the photographer/curator of The Resilient Souls Project, a traveling photo and literary exhibition, which celebrates women’s inner strength.  More information on her work may be found at and on FaceBook and Instagram at
@photoexplorations and @resilientsouls .

Short video book trailer: (at the top of the page) or at


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