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, May 14, 2015

A Spring Greeting from Maine



                                         I took this photo and wrote this haiku this morning.


Curled up tight all winter.
Contracted to save ourselves from freezer burn.
We thaw, and finally unfurl.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Eliciting Empathy

     While visiting Portsmouth last week, Sue Monk Kidd was asked what she most wants readers to take from her writing, and her answer was empathy.

      This is a quote by her;

     "Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it's accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another's eyes or heart."

     I really relate to the idea of eliciting empathy with fiction, and am devoting all of my pleasure reading this bee-buzzing month of May to reading Monk's books.

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