Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Julie Hersh
Julie Hersh will make her debut on the Oral Fixation stage at the Dallas Museum of Art in “Lost in Translation.”
Julie Hersh published Struck by Living in 2010, and blogs for Psychology Today. She anticipates the release of Decidí Vivir in September. Board work includes Dallas Theater Center, DMA, and UTSW. She does push-ups for #22KILL, watches the Texas Rangers, and has a husband and two kids. www.struckbyliving.com
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? This particular story shows the beauty and fragility of human connection and how we can help each other get and stay well. My personal mission is to change the focus from mental illness to caring for our brains before illness strikes. This story shows how two families helped each other through sharing a story.
If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be? Hildegard von Bingen – 11th century mystic, writer, musician, healer – would love to her thoughts about healing.
What is your favorite smell? Hyacinth. I love spring and this is one of the first spring flowers.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Kind, enlightened, maybe a playwright.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl – great guide for life.
Sneak Peek: “We’d been friends for years, but the translation opened up a whole new world in our friendship…Monica transformed before my ears. In our 15 years of friendship, I always assumed Monica was shy, thoughtful, somewhat reserved…In a table full of Mexican friends, Monica [became] the social magician, linking stories, spinning laughter.”