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September 14, 2017
Step forward onto the land: starting new writing - dscf0448

Wendell Berry knows Kentucky, where he has lived, written, and done some farming for most of his more than eight decades on earth. When one knows a place deeply, one writes about it well. In 2015 while being inducted into the Kentucky Writers' Hall of Fame, Berry said he'd lived and worked for two years in New York City in his late 20s. But decided to leave and go back to his home landscape of Kentucky.

Not all writers live and work with that sense of peace about where they...

September 5, 2017
Ideas come from trees - IMG_1717

 I started walking in the woods as a way to write more honestly about 15 years ago, after my father died.  I already knew at that point that getting onto a forest path, alone, helped me sort out what I think. But I was still in the mode then of putting off the time in my life when I would act on thoughts.   The day my father died, he told me about a conversation he’d had with someone at work who’d asked him—because Dad was always telling stories—if he had ever done much writing. “No, but my daughter is trying...

August 24, 2017
Studies! - arizona-state-university-simplifies-the-dorm-move-in-process

When's a good time for graduate school? Right now. I've started a history master's program at Arizona State University. The lectures and discussions are all online. I work out of my Connecticut office and take one course every seven and a half weeks. My first course is North American History. We're designing our own history survey courses. 

I hope that I can get used to the distractions of setting up the online systems. Then block out time for reading all of the real books I'm assigned. For this, I have a few nice...

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