Recommended Reading: Mary Oliver on the art of rooting
The language of loss and love

What's your story?

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I'm out of the office again today, attending to some medical matters. It's nothing new, don't worry -- just the same health issues I've dealt with for many years now and the same old story. 

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"What’s your story?" asks Rebecca Solnit (in The Faraway Nearby). "It’s all in the telling. Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice....

"We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love or hate, to see or be seen. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to be free requires learning to hear them, to question them, to pause and hear silence, to name them, and then become a story-teller."

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The hound and I will be back in the studio, back in the hills, and back to Myth & Moor tomorrow. Telling stories.

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Rebecca Solnit & Mary Oliver

The passage above is from The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (Granta, 2013), which I highly recommend. The poem in the picture captions is from Dog Songs by Mary Oliver (Penguin, 2013). All rights reserved by the authors.

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