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The Last Good-bye

The other day I watched a video about grief and the facilitator gave us a topic to think about.  “The last time I saw you.” Why can’t I remember our good-bye the last time I saw you? It was hot … Continue reading

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For Mary Oliver, Poet

Mary Oliver, the poet, died last week at 83. Intensely private, she rarely granted interviews, but I heard one on the radio this morning. When gently probed by her interviewer, she hinted at a dark and menacing childhood, and said … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #8

The seventh excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is taken from “Among the Isles of Shoals,” written in 1893 by Celia Thaxter, about her delight-filled childhood as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter on the Isles of Shoals, a group of … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #7

The seventh excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is taken from Pietro DiDonato’s Christ in Concrete, written in 1939 about the struggles of Italian-American construction workers on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 1920s. It’s a fiercely … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #6

The sixth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is from the book, Beauty, by John O’Donohue, an Irish priest, poet and philosopher at the forefront of Celtic spirituality. His best known work is probably Anam Cara, an international bestseller. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #5

Here’s the fifth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. This one is An Unreasonable Woman, by Diane Wilson, a Texas gulf coast shrimp boat captain and mother of five who took on a powerful chemical company when she found … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #4

Here’s the fourth excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose. I picked up a travel magazine in a doctor’s waiting room and was mesmerized by the winter scene described by the writer. From Travel and Leisure Magazine, “Venice at Christmas,”  … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #3

The third excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose is from Beryl Markham’s The Splendid Outcast. Markham was a British-born Kenyan aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer and author. She was the first woman to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic from … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #2

Here is the second excerpt from my collection of beautiful prose taken from books I’ve read over the years. This one is taken from Desert Solitaire, a memoir written in 1968 by Edward Abbey about his time as a park … Continue reading

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Beautiful Prose: Excerpt #1

I’ve read a lot of books over my lifetime, and some of the writing has touched me so deeply with its beauty or humor or originality that I’ve put together a collection of my favorite excerpts. I’ve decided to post … Continue reading

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