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The Shame I Feel

I’m stupid. I’m inadequate. I am a failure. This is what I grew up believing about myself, and there was no place that proved these points more often, more relentlessly, and more consistently than school. All day long, five days … Continue reading

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Alchemy

Years ago, when I first started teaching, a woman signed up for my class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in the N.C. mountains because her doctor had told her that if she didn’t do something for herself soon, … Continue reading

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some days of rain and words

Dear Nancy: Tuesday, late morning, my second morning home after ten days of workshops and readings and seminars and the good fellowship of writers in Buckhannon, West Virginia.  Like always, I’m home from a residency so full I need to … Continue reading

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“Art, Independence and Spirit.”

Dear Lisa, When I was a child I spent a lot of time down in the woods and beside the lake we lived near, and the creek that fed into the lake. I was often alone, and I traveled with … Continue reading

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A history of my writing desks

Good Morning, Nancy: Six degrees here this morning, and I’m deep into winter hibernation with book and dog and coffee and, here at my desk, am rereading your last letter.  I love this part, especially:  “I remember the slant of … Continue reading

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Our Materials

Dear Karen, A few years ago during a time in which I was feeling badly about my writing, and wondering if I wanted to continue, I watched a PBS show about a group of people saving some wetlands in Florida. … Continue reading

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In the village of the world

Dear Nancy: Your last letter, then Rita’s letter to both of us have stirred me in ways I’ve been trying to understand these last few days.  I have wondered what I’d say in response to either of you and now … Continue reading

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Skin

Dear Nancy, Dear Heloise: These last two weeks have been a light-filled respite for me. I’ve been by the sea, with birds and horses and waves and distance, and I’ve had time, at last, to clear away the cobwebs, the … Continue reading

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Muddling

Dear Karen – I am thinking of Luisa’s letter to us. In particular that last paragraph about her grandfather making the stew that would feed the family. “I know how this is done,” she wrote. Lately Luisa has been posting … Continue reading

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Darkness and Light

Dearest Nancy: I also love laughter.   Like you, humor, hilarity are the sweet underbelly of the world that keep me going.  How I long to laugh.  To eat those orange circus peanuts and watch silly movies and laugh so hard … Continue reading

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