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  1. Hello, Linda. I am enjoying your blog. Your writing style, elegant and polished, is a pleasure to read. Am looking forward to subsequent posts! Best, Wendy

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  2. What lovely prose, Linda! One passage resonated with me: ” ‘ He was with me in the beginning, and he wanted to show me where he would be at the end.’ ” Poignant and telling . . . I also valued the significance of the poem by e.e. cummings.

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  3. Linda this is so beautiful and moving…I became totally absorbed by all the stories within the stories as
    though I was experiencing them. Thank you for taking me on this journey with you…and Lance. Judith

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  4. I think everyone has their own version of ‘Old Man Winneger’, someone so irascible and cranky that you prefer not to be in their company. In my experience, once a common ground has been established, you can live harmoniously, perhaps even forging an friendship. Thank you for another interesting missive, Linda!

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  5. Yes, there is no scent, no perfume as memorable as the myriad smells of the forest, Linda! To be able to elude city or suburban life for any amount of time is indeed fortunate, and your account is so lovely and poetic. Thank you, once again, for sharing your adventures~ I look forward to them every month.

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  6. Linda, I gobbled all your blogs up in one big bite. Some of them were a reread and some new to me. I felt an intense response to all your writings. They are all intensely their own and yet each sparkles in it’s own unique way. Thank you so much for writing. The two latest, “Cabin in Woods” and the New York piece read simultaneously bounced off each other, each giving the other more.
    We miss you at the Octagon House. Hope to see you next year.
    Cheers,
    Anne Wingfield

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    • I do love Mary Oliver’s poetry. I just now, this minute, read “When Death Comes.” Thanks for this, Colleen. It is soothing and helpful, I agree, and gives us a much needed perspective. I have also joined a group on line called Compassion and Choices, which is in line with my own beliefs. January is a sad month for me, anticipating February.

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  7. I embrace Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s concept of death and dying, and although I’ve personally never bargained with death, have certainly experienced the four remaining stages on grief. Death is such a personal, intense theme, and I thank you for penning such a candid, frank monologue, Linda. As we age, death becomes more common to us, and while we never welcome the familiarity, accept the realization of death as an element of life.

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    • I share much of your outlook, Wendy. Public radio did a piece on how those with terminal illnesses and those on death row seem to come to terms with life ending in ways that are quite remarkable, as do those of us who are aging. Writing our truths and our stories is so freeing and so allows us to have real conversations and real connection to what matters. I enjoyed speaking in the various voices of my childhood and youth and earlier adult self. I hope others, like yourself, will continue to share their thoughts and truths. It fills me with gratitude. Thanks.

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  8. Beautiful blog on the writing experience. ! I read the prompt and began inventing a person and situation. How interesting that the same prompt took you to a real experience. I’m rethinking it right now. (Missed you at 2nd Story.)

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  9. Inventing something or a real memory, it’s always is a nice surprise! I knew a good writer like yourself would appreciate this! I’d love to see what you wrote! I’m gathering a group of women friends to see a matinee of “Shirley Valentine.” Thanks for your thoughts, Kathie. I look forward to another get together.

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  10. I love your prompt, Linda– what a great writing exercise! I would certainly enjoy the company of Gustava; she, like you,could undoubtedly tell many stories. I’m going to try it, getting the creative juices flowing
    and putting pen to paper will be therapeutic and beneficial. Thank you for the nudge.

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