Archetypes: Shelly Goebl-Parker

 In Culture, Interviews

A conversation with Shelly Goebl-Parker, professor, social worker, art therapist and community arts organizer in St. Louis.


What is your current mood or state of mind?
Deep appreciation for the people around me.

What makes you happy?
Spending dedicated time with the people I care about.

What is your idea of misery?
Being so busy that I don’t have a meaningful connection with people.

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Amish Friendship Bread with pecans.

What’s one word that describes you?

What trait do you value most in others?
Sense of humor.

What’s your favorite occupation?
I love to make and remake things with fabric, yarn and thread.

What’s your favorite color?

What’s your favorite food?
Duff’s French onion soup.

What food do you like the least?

What vice do you most tolerate in others?

What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I knew how to perform on the aerial hoops.

Who is your favorite artist?
Andy Goldsworthy.

Who is your favorite author?
Marilynne Robinson.

What excites you?
Getting up on a beautiful day and seeing the sunlight.

What do you consider a turnoff ?

What do you love?
Funny people.

What do you hate?

What are you most looking forward to?
Getting my canoeing certification with the Girl Scouts.

What is one thing you wish would happen?
That the city of St. Louis would recognize the power of the creativity that exists here.

What’s something interesting that you just learned?
I was recently reminded just how generous people can be.

What is your personal motto?
“We can make that!”

In another life, you’d be:
A sea captain.

What is your current obsession?
Perennial gardening.

What is your favorite word?

What is your least favorite word?

What’s on your “bucket list”?

Sail on a barge in Ireland, see the Sacred Mountains of China and meet my great-grandchildren.

Your hidden talent:
I love to make crazy, complicated cakes.

Personal hero:

People working in difficult situations who are doing their work with gusto and cheerfulness.

If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
“You’re right; you can do it.”



Shelly Goebl-Parker, St. Louis

Shelly Goebl-Parker


Photo credit: Photo by Wesley Law

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