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Poetry is Conversation

Posted by nancyfreund11 on February 24, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Poetry, like music, is a conversation. I love a good, quiet one-on-one, whether it’s in the coat room near a busy party or a corridor outside a classroom, or sitting on a big slab of warm mountain rock after a hike, and all the others are settled in elsewhere with their open backpacks and bottles of water. Sometimes the most important things are said just outside the perimeter, the lovely periphery, and sometimes just in passing. Often, the important con...

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TMI

Posted by nancyfreund11 on November 17, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Some people believe there’s no such thing as too much information, but I’d say it depends on the category. For example, I love a certain level of gross. Last week at my folks’ house in California we had Jake the awesome pesticide guy help us out with what we lear...

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Sequence is a Big Part of Consequence

Posted by nancyfreund11 on November 2, 2016 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Sequence is a big part of consequence.  That line, or one like it, certainly that concept, is from Ali Smith’s first essay “On Time” in ‘Artful.’ She asks whether sequence is essential to meaning. Although I&...

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Planting Trees

Posted by nancyfreund11 on May 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

When's the best time to plant a tree?  Twenty years ago.  Or if you didn't do it then, TODAY.


I KNOW it would have been smart to organize my email list like I used to keep my old-fashioned address book when I was a kid.  I hate losing track of friends -- always have -- so I was the kid at summer camp who made sure the directory was up-to-date before we all scattered to our homes at the end of our sessions.  I ma...

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Rotten Blogger: That's Not My Name

Posted by nancyfreund11 on August 24, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (2)

This past April I wandered achingly around the London Book Fair, like all 24,000 attendees, perhaps, with an overwhelming awareness that there might be MUCH to gain, personally and professionally, if only! If only I knew where to stop, who to talk to, what to see. A gnawing awareness that I coulda-shoulda-woulda planned it better, done it differently if only… It’s one thing to agonize afte...

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