Local woman shares the gift of poetry

Reading slated for Friday at Jitters


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Chugiak-Eagle River Star

Lizette Stiehr is celebrating her birthday by giving a gift to others.

On Friday, Sept. 23 — Stiehr’s birthday — Stiehr will be doing a reading from her first book, “2012 to oneness,” which contains 72 inspirational poems, at Jitters from 6 to 9 p.m.

Anyone who knows Stiehr is invited. Since she’s lived in the Chugiak-Eagle River area for more than three decades, Stiehr said she reserved the back room at the coffee shop.

Stiehr said her book addresses many of the topics religion seeks to answer — why we’re here, the meaning of life — without any specific religious affiliation. Stiehr’s religion, or personal relationship with creator as she describes it, is about spreading kindness, and in turn, receiving it back.

Her bumper sticker reads: “My religion is kindness,” Stiehr said.

“The poetry is really uplifting,” she said. “This book is full of poems that I really want to share.”

The book also references the 2012 end of the world prediction. The New Year will signal a change, but won’t bring Armageddon, Stiehr said.

She likened the end of the world theory to the Y2K hysteria of 1999 — when every computer was supposedly going to crash as midnight struck on the year 2000.

“The day is going to look just like yesterday for you,” Stiehr said.

What’s changing is people’s ability to choose what they want their life to be, Stiehr said.

“Our ability to choose what it is that we really want to have happen is happening much faster,” she said. “We can manifest the life that we choose.”

The term “oneness” refers to all life being “related and created out of the same juice,” Stiehr said. It’s the moment that “you’re looking at an animal and it dons on you how amazing it is,” she said.

The poems also contain a lot of “Alaska outdoors energy,” Stiehr said.

“It’s real nature-oriented,” she said. “I really love time out in nature.”

Several photos accompany the poems. Stiehr’s cousin, Pam Taylor, a photojournalist, and her friend, Todd Rector of Palmer, provided the photos.

The idea to put a book together came to Stiehr in February. She approached Eagle River publishing company Northbooks the following month. In May, Stiehr said she began regularly meeting with Northbooks. Four months later, the books were ordered.

The entire process has run as smoothly and quickly as it could, Stiehr said.

“It’s been such an amazing period for me,” she said. “It’s really been a joyful endeavor.”

Stiehr said she is thrilled and relieved that her book is completed.

“I was just writing this morning and the words were ‘relieved’ and ‘released,’” she said. “The book is done. It’s finished and it’s right.”

Stiehr said she’s been writing poetry her entire life, but has been more serious about it the past two to three years.

The book can be appreciated by anyone, Stiehr said.

“It feels good to read it,” she said. “It’s just fun having a book that anyone of any age can really enjoy.”

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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