Now I See the Light | the Disney Princess Movie format

While encouraging a friend, my very own dear woodland creature friend who has been my 1 true confidante in this fairy tale life, I had a revelation! The format of every Disney Princess movie is not just a thing of fairy tales, it is THE stuff of real life . the abundant life . the one that Christ was talking about. That day, the Disney Princess movie format flowed through a text message, a text message! The words, SPIRIT SIGHT have been repeating in my thoughts in 72 point font since this new year rolled out, so that’s when I really listen . and see. and now I see the light! To prepare as a speaker, I am learning all the tips & tricks to “take you on a journey”, “Tell you stories, epic stories of grand adventures”, “Connect with my audience”… well, inside every middle aged woman, I believe, is a little girl who once believed in happily ever after . I know I did & still do. Not the sappy, lose yourself in an alternate reality for a few hours, but the stuff of real life. I am talking about delighting IN crappy circumstances because your character is still sweet, discovering you do have a soul mate, deciding to step out of your comfort zone midlife to try something new which makes you strong, and being delivered from years of battling sinful strongholds & oppressive people. So, is that annual trip to Disney World really for the kids or the moms? Beyond all the flash & facade of Cinderella’s castle is hidden the stuff of real life dreams tucked into the core of every Disney Princess’ heart . every woman’s heart . the epic love story. Now I see the light! I am living it right now! Aren’t you? So here’s the text message I sent the other day. May it be a bit of encouragement for you, as it was to my own heart & dear friend …until I develop the rest of this speaking topic which I think may be a work of art, my masterpiece. Until then, I am off to watch Tangled, again tonight, with my daughter & a notebook.


Hi! I didn’t say in our convo, but took it to prayer while walking pup, that I started getting the phrase, “she has become bitter as wormwood”, within my promise. So on the walk I asked for clarity and here’s how I believe it is meant to be understood: in the fairy tale “formula”, usually the Prince is blinded to the truth because he is happily doing his own thing, and the Villainness cleverly disguises herself in a way that pleases him-for her own selfish desires. She sees the truth, and envies it so much, she has the Princess locked away/hidden, so that she can pursue “the dream” for herself. Her bitterness is such that she is enraged by others finding the truth/True Love, and spends all her energies on stopping their joy and fulfillment. Meanwhile, the Princess finds contentment and joy IN her captivity, and is attended by humble creatures, and even visited by angels to help protect & provide for her. She remains full of love & grace as she waits. Along the way, a treasured space of time is carved out for the Prince & Princess to meet and realize “the dream”/the truth/True Love!! But they are separated again, trying to get back to one another.  The Princess is stretched to become strong & wise to overcome the force of EviI, with the training help of her gifted small group of friends. In the turning point, the once foolish & carefree Prince, now with “SPIRIT SIGHT”, sees who/what the Villainness really is and a battle ensues. He is strong & determined to overcome the forces of evil until he is finally be united with his Princess..happily ever after! I believe we are to pray for our Princes’ “SPIRIT SIGHT” to clearly see the truth!!!
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“Delight yourself in The Lord & He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4


I am Thankful for Art & People

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name.” Proverbs

"call things" detail from "Whispering", 2007-8 by Jaume Plensa. art installation at The Cleveland Clinic
“call things” detail from “Whispering”, 2007-8 by Jaume Plensa. art installation at The Cleveland Clinic

Could the recalcitrant, college-bound teen, teetering the tightrope of doling respect for & desiring respite from her mother, have possibly prophesied her path? Each incoming freshman was invited to select only 2 things that best represented his/herself to the incoming class of peers.

Katy Koran, Art in the Afternoon. The Cleveland Clinic
Katy Koran, Art in the Afternoon. The Cleveland Clinic

Art & People | the 2 necessary entities required for an Art in The Afternoon discussion at The Cleveland Clinic‘s Wellness Institute. I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer in this Arts & Medicine program designed for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. As an Art History major, all those years ago, I was passionate about the people behind the paintings. Now, with each group that tours the world class contemporary art collection, I am compassionate for the people before the paintings. In those brief lucid moments, memory loss patients recall a lifetime of adventures in dazzling detail. Each story is a precious pearl, hidden within the shell of a person with Alzheimer’s. Alan* once serenaded me from his walker, “Maryann, Maryann in the moonlight…”, recounting a song his father used to sing. For the next hour & a half, every artwork, prints to photos to paintings, seemed to stir Alan’s treasured memories of skinny dipping off cliffs along the French coastline, war, & family. The few of us gathered there who would not forget Alan’s escapades within the blink of an eye, glimpsed at a rare pearl-the abundant life-joy itself.

The wayward teen, with all the detours & downturns since, has finally rediscovered her prophesied path. Art & People. I am Thankful.

"Whispering", by Jaume Plensa 2007-8. The Cleveland Clinic.
“Whispering”, by Jaume Plensa 2007-8. The Cleveland Clinic.

“In the poet, Francois Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-42), the protagonist Gargantua and his crew are on a ship at sea when they hear strange voices in the wind. Because the air is so cold, the words quickly become inaudible and congeal into icy letters, falling soundlessly onto the deck. In Whispering, Plensa translates this poetic fantasy into an artistic reality, creating a silent stream of cascading steel text. Not just a random sequence of letters, Plensa’s Whispering spells out quotations by a wide variety of historical and literary figures, including Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Martin Luther King, among others. Plensa writes, ‘Like doors, the curtains reveal and frame our experience in the environment. Language becomes the space of memory.'”

* Names are changed for the security & privacy of patients & their families.