"One of the things we continue to learn from Native Peoples is that stories are our medicine bundles. I feel that way about our poems, our essays, our fictions. That it is the artist who carries the burden of the storyteller. Terrence Des Pres speaks of 'a prose witness' that relies on the imagination to arrive at the heart of the matter. I believe this is our task as writers to respond to the world as we see it, feel it, and dare to ask questions that will not allow us to sleep. Imagination. Attention to details. Making the connections. 'Art -- right word to station the mind and hold the heart ready.' " - Terry Tempest Williams
“Hold on to what is good even it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you.” - Nancy Wood
I'll be off-line all of next week, and then back in the office (and back to this blog) on Monday, September 3rd. Have a good week, everyone.
Art above: Oak tree drawing by John Constable (1776-1837)