From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

On Grieving

     Here is my column; just off the presses this morning. This one was for the grieving, which I guess is most of us. Just yesterday I was missing my dear friend Hugh Harter who passed away a few months ago. I was thinking of him as people remembered the storming of the beach on Normandy, an occasion that forever caused Hugh to live in an almost perpetual state of grief that he could not recover from. Being a hero didn't seem to change that very much. Though he enjoyed showing me his medals, they did nothing to alleviate his nightmares. Here also is a piece I wrote about Hugh, and below that a photo a reader sent me of him this morning. It was taken in the fifties with his then girlfriend, the composer Dana Suesse, who would be the inspiration for a character in one of his books many years later. I love that!

      Rest in peace Hugh.

courtesy photo: Mintun