On June 5, 2016, my 18-foot long, participatory art piece titled THE SMILE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (is yours) was installed at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Hundreds of attendees of all ages (2 to 87!) and from all walks of life added their bright, inspiring smiles. THE SMILE will be on exhibit in […]
Author Archive | John Schlimm
To watch my WTAJ-TV Central PA Live interview about Five Years in Heaven, please click HERE.
“10:01 a.m.: Departure from Altoona’s Station Building in central Pennsylvania. Window seat aboard Amtrak’s 42 Pennsylvanian. Picture of a 92-year-old nun in my pocket. It will take seven hours to reach New York City where my memoir Five Years in Heaven will receive The Christopher Award. I have the best intentions to spend my journey […]
“Nothing trumps motherly love, even when the wisdom and advice being given is from an 87-year-old cloistered nun. At age 31, lost and confused at a crucial crossroads in my life, I met Sister Augustine, a ceramics artist who had been long hidden away from the world on the grounds of the oldest Benedictine convent […]
To read and listen to my Christopher Closeup interview, please click HERE.
“My 87-year-old friend — a cloistered nun and artist — Sister Augustine always told me: ‘I’m only a messenger.’ As I recount in my memoir, Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions, Sister Augustine showed me the pathway to unlocking my true purpose and finding peace of mind at a […]
“It has taken me almost three decades to be able to admit that I was mercilessly bullied during middle school and high school in my 1980’s Small Town America. It happened long before “bullying” was the buzzword or call to action it has become today. Long before there were advocates and superstars and whole organizations […]
“Making a hard decision — about money, relationships, which job to take, which pathway to travel in life, you name it — becomes a war waged across the battlefield of our hearts and minds. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that decision-making impacts us physically and mentally. It’s palpable. Like you’re […]
“What is the meaning of life? We’ve all asked ourselves this question at least once in our lives, and we’ve all pondered a great many thoughts, perhaps without ever really getting any real answers. . . . Five Years in Heaven is a sweet memoir about Schlimm’s friendship with a nun at his local convent. […]
“If you’ve never heard the term neuroplasticity, you are in for such an exciting treat. I confess, I’m a bit of a science nerd. I’m fascinated with how the universe and our bodies work. I also crave every morsel of information and inspiration on how to become a more humble human being. Neuroplasticity, meet Humility! […]