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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Literal Latte Essay Online

Today the Literal Latte Journal published my essay "Tinkering with Grief in the Woods." You can read it at www.literal-latte.com/2012/09/tinkering-with-grief-in-the-woods/

The essay won it's nonfiction contest, and it’s a chapter from my grief manuscript that deals with the time a year after Evelyn’s death when I still didn’t know what I was going to do with my life without Evelyn being part of it. The essay describes the week I spent at Gethsemani Monastery in Kentucky and began to find answers.

Although I am not Catholic, I have long valued the words of Thomas Merton, a monk who lived there for over twenty years, writing of the presence he found in solitude, and the journey of finding one’s self.
What I found there, in the chanting of the monks and in walking through the woods around the monastery, helped me to accept Evelyn’s death and begin to let her go. I also learned how to listen to the silence again.

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