About: Who is the Woman Wielding Words?

Hello everyone! This blog has become a place for me to explore life and practice writing. It is a motivator for myself to sit down and write as often as possible. It is also a place to explore ideas, issues, and questions. Sometimes it is a place to vent. Sometimes it is a place to cry. Sometimes it is a place to laugh. To me, it is a sacred place, so please treat it with respect.

Who am I? Well, the nuts and bolts are that my name is Lisa Kramer. I hold a Ph.D. in theatre for youth, an MFA in theatre directing and a BA from Smith College in English Language & Literature and Theater. I grew up in Brockton, MA lived in Japan for three years and have lived all over the country except for the Pacific Northwest.  I recently moved back to MA and now live in Auburn which is near Worcester. I’m looking for more work opportunities there now, if anyone has any connections or interest.

I am a wife to Nathan and a mother to eight-year-old Sarah. I am a theatre director and educator. I have taught college courses in theater, freshman composition, research writing, education and honors programs. I also do freelance work in elementary and high school, incorporating drama programming into classrooms. I’ve taught acting classes to kids of all ages. I am an artist, and educator, a mentor, an advocate and a multi-talented person. Give me a challenge and I will meet it.

So those are the nuts and bolts, but it isn’t who I am. I am a woman in the middle of reconfiguring her life. I hope that somehow writing will be a major part of that reconfiguration. I am a person who wants to travel and loves to read and study languages.  I am someone who  has finally realized that a life well-lived is one that is about passion, love, and kindness. This blog is part of my search to live that kind of life.

Join me on my journey and let’s see where we go.

ADDITION: If you are interested in learning a little more about me from past posts without wading through the mass, here are a few suggestions from my post called “Reflections on Writing”

1. Most Beautiful Post . . . I’m going to cheat a little and simply link to my most a recent post about Beauty called The Search for True Beauty.

2. Most Controversial Post . . . Despite the fact that I seem to have a tendency to rant in my posts, I don’t seem to spark a lot of controversy. Maybe I simply don’t have enough readers for a true public debate, or maybe I only interest readers who, for the most part, understand my point. However, I wrote Hell is Living in the Bible Belt knowing that I might trigger some people, and got a few comments that basically told me I was going to Hell. If that’s not controversial, I don’t know what is.

3. Most Helpful Post . . . I don’t know that any of my posts have been extremely helpful except by introducing a few bloggers to each other (I seem to be good at making the connections between bloggers). But here’s a (barely read) post that I think could be very helpful to those of us (or many of us) who struggle with The Persistent Power of Perfectionism.

4. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me . . . this one is the easiest for me to pick because I simply looked up the post that got the most hits and voila, Birthday Wishes comes to the top. I think its success merely comes from people searching for words to say to someone else for their birthday. But, as I read over this post, I realized something pretty incredible. Many of those birthday wishes have come true. Not all, but many.  Maybe there is some magic to a wish made on your birthday.

5. A post that didn’t get the attention that I felt it deserved . . . I don’t know that anybody ever read my post The Culture of Bullying, but I think it said something important.

6. Post I’m most proud of . . .I struggle with this one, as I find it hard to be proud of any of my writing. I still battle the “its not good unless I’m Freshly Pressed” or “I can’t be a good writer because nobody comments.” But, I think the post I am most proud of is a recent one, where I share the lessons I learned working with a very special community of people–Appropriate Age Appropriateness.

60 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. christinemgrote
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 08:55:40

    I love theatre, although was never involved myself, just vicariously through my youngest son who was a stage crew head.

    Your life sounds fun and fascinating.


  3. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 19:03:47

    Hello Lisa! I look forward to following your wonderful blog. I am adding you to my blogroll. Have a great day! 🙂


  4. CMSmith
    Feb 19, 2011 @ 09:09:08

    Hi Lisa,
    I wanted to let you know that I changed my display name from christinemgrote. As I’ve reached out into the online world I realized I created multiple personalities and am now trying to merge them all into one—CMSmith. I still have the blog name and twitter issues (cmsmith57-but that’s pretty close).

    Should I get out while I’m still ahead? Or am I?


    • Lisa
      Feb 19, 2011 @ 10:09:48

      Hi Christine,

      Thanks for letting me know about your name change. I don’t know if you are ahead or not, but you should keep going with what you are doing. It’s about you. It’s about writing. And, it’s about meeting wonderful new connections. I’m glad we ahve connected.



  5. Sandi Ormsby
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 23:13:21

    Hi, Lisa!
    I think we’re going through the same thing, except I don’t have a Ph.D. In fact, I didn’t finish college. You’ve accomplished quite a bit. However, I suspect were at the same points in our lives.

    I’ve always had a full time job since I was 17. To be laid off and out for work the past 2 years, has left me examining and altering my life quite a bit. I discovered the world of blogging, out of necessity, as I had to figure out how to draw in money to help support the family.

    I now have a part time job blogging for a company, and I’ve got to tell you- I’ve learned so much these past two years. (not just the basics of blogging) but I thought there wasn’t much to me. I worked, came home and took care of kids & did chores, watched tv. There wasn’t time for reading, sports, sewing, whatever. Believing I’d run out of “stories” fairly quickly, it’s the exact opposite. It’s opened up my mind. I have so much material and thoughts to share. Now, if only someone is around to read! 🙂

    By the way, I have 2 children 5 & 7 and my 5 year old just started theater classes. Here’s the post on that: http://wp.me/p1ilhc-3M
    Feel free to share any tips.



  6. youngamericanwisdom.com
    May 08, 2011 @ 10:36:26

    I’m on my third week of blogging and the best part of this experience so far has been discovering other blogs. I love that it makes you consider thoughts and ideas that have never crossed your mind before. I’m glad you found mine because now I can enjoy yours. Happy Mother’s Day!


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  8. jgavinallan
    May 29, 2011 @ 06:59:05


    Your life sounds so wonderful. I am glad I stopped by. I needed a break from writing.
    I will snoop your blog. lol



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  11. sekanblogger
    Jun 30, 2011 @ 01:49:49

    I am so glad to meet another blogger from SEK!
    My youngest daughter is attending Friends U, and majoring in music ed.
    She has always been a theatre/musical fanatic, as well as the wife and I.
    I grew up “in the pits”. Yep. Played trumpet in local musicals for many years.
    See you on blog.


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jun 30, 2011 @ 06:48:23

      As long as you don’t hold it against me that I am trying really hard to get out of Kansas. 😉


  12. I Choose Happy Now
    Jul 27, 2011 @ 06:54:17

    Hi! I found your blog from Miracle Mama. I read your July 13 post about lines in our lives. I really believe in that and I look forward to reading more.



    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 27, 2011 @ 12:13:56

      Welcome Louise. I look forward to getting to know you better as we share our blogs.


  13. Lunar Euphoria
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 14:48:55

    Your colorful, eyeglassed eye keeps showing up in comments in all the blogs I read. Surely that means were destined to be blog friends, right?

    Subscribing now. 😀


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 28, 2011 @ 14:57:43

      it must indeed. Either that or it means I’m stalking people on WordPress. Of course, one post I read today suggested that the fact that I only post my eye means I am fat and unattractive. Well, heavy is true, but I’m really only doing it because I think it looks interesting. 😉 Coming over to check out your blog now.


  14. plantainperiodicals
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 13:41:13

    I absolutely love your blog! From the minute I hit the page and saw the amazing themes (that alone made me want to dream and write all at one!). Then I read your about – I have just finished a BA in English Literature and want to go into workshops and teaching so knowing that you have achieved that and more makes you an inspiration for me. I look forward to reading your posts!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Aug 29, 2011 @ 19:11:29

      Wow, you make me sound much cooler than I am. I).’ll visit your blog as soon as I have my head on straight (I’ve been driving for days


  15. Mrs. H.
    Oct 02, 2011 @ 19:00:28



  16. John Erickson
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 17:57:25

    Vice-president? Moderate Arbitrator? She Who Shall Not Be Screwed With? 😉


  17. Taochild
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 17:58:06

    I think President is too mundane. How about Emperor? As for you, how about Chief Sorceress?


  18. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 18:02:56

    Mark is Emperor of Lies, and I think we should combine titles for me to become Sorceress She Who Shall Not be Screwed With. 😉


  19. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 18:45:58

    I want to be the Grand Lord of Idiocracy, ruling supreme over all lies and untruths of a uniquely idiotic nature 🙂


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  21. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
    Oct 04, 2011 @ 12:58:22

    Thank you, John. Well said.


  22. jacquelincangro
    Oct 15, 2011 @ 14:27:05

    Hi Lisa, I’m glad that we found each other through the blogosphere. I’m looking forward to reading your posts now that I subscribed to your blog.


  23. Kemi
    Oct 19, 2011 @ 11:26:16

    LOVE this idea you executed here. Great post, really fresh and honest. I’ll be back.
    🙂 Kx


  24. Jacqueline
    Oct 31, 2011 @ 14:34:33

    Cool blog! I like how you give readers a sampling of your work in the “about” section. Look forward to reading more!


  25. Elyse
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:28:00

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m checking out your blog after you commented on mine. And I loved the slide show of Slovenia, although when I visited in 1998 I went to different places: Bled, Ljubljana and Piran. Lovely country. Thanks for taking me back, sort of!


  26. Elyse
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 20:45:45

    Oops. 🙂


  27. 4amWriter
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:01:40

    Hi Lisa, just thought I’d say how much I enjoy your blog. I was interested to find out where you live; I live in NH so not too far away from you.

    I also teach freelance– creative writing to kids in afterschool programs. Hard to know if I’m teaching them, or if they’re teaching me sometimes.

    You sound like you’ve got a hectic, but fun life!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Mar 20, 2012 @ 14:29:37

      Welcome 4amWriter. I am not far away at all. Actually, it seems like where I live now is an hour from everywhere.

      My life has been hectic, right now it is just confusing.



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  29. Tara
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 13:22:24

    Hello, i wonder if you’d be willing to send me an email (couldn’t find your email address here)? I’m an aspiring writer but caught in life upheaval for a while…my questions might be odd and silly, but if you don’t mind maybe ? Thanks. Seeking advice I guess ….


  30. ThreeKingsBooks
    May 22, 2012 @ 10:21:53

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Lisa. I’ll try to keep up with yours, but LORD, there are a lot of blogs out there!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      May 22, 2012 @ 11:11:13

      No worries. It is hard to keep up. I’m just trying to formulate the right question to ask you. It’s a bad sign when I’m so confused about life that I can’t even ask a question.


  31. ThreeKingsBooks
    May 22, 2012 @ 11:17:00

    Then share your dreams.


  32. 4amWriter
    Aug 01, 2012 @ 04:40:41

    Hey Lisa, I nominated you for the Thanks for Writing Award. You can find the info here: http://4amwriter.com/2012/08/01/awards-in-rhyme/


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  35. Cathy Ballou Mealey
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 09:39:18

    * waves hello. Found your blog through Susanna’s Halloweensie contest. I’m also in MA (Lynnfield) and a women’s college grad (Wellesley) with a 9 yr old girl (Grace). Adding yours to my ever-expanding list of blogs to follow!


    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:11:46

      *Waves back. Hi Cathy, and welcome to my blog. You might have to become one of the small but growing list of “bloggers I’ve met.” I think we need to have some kind of social gathering for bloggers in New England.

      It sounds like you and I have a lot in common and I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog.


  36. Insung
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 13:01:35

    Your life sounds amazing! and what a beautiful picture you got up there! I am looking forward to see more posts!


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