Who I am.

I write about the landscape of grief, nature, and the wisdom of fools. The author of four books, my essays, poems, and reviews have been published in over 50 journals, including in the Huffington Post and Colorado Review. I’ve won the River Teeth Nonfiction Book Award, the Chautauqua and Literal Latte’s essay prizes, and my work has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and named a notable by Best American Essays. My account of hiking in Yosemite to deal with my wife’s death, Mountains of Light, was published by the University of Nebraska Press. http://www.markliebenow.com.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Black and Blues

The holidays leave us bruised and wondering if they’re worth the trouble.

They used to be Holy Days when time was set aside for looking at our selves, figuring out what we didn’t like, gathering spiritual guidance, and adjusting our lives so that we would head in the direction we wanted. We have morphed the observances into excuses to indulge in excess.

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