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Writers are brave.  It’s what we do best.  We cast aside our fear of the blank page, of the unknown, dip our proverbial pen into the ink, and commit word to paper—one stark letter after another.  We leave the safety of “out there” and enter the unchartered landscape of “in here.”...
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Helen Keller in Love
TODAY, reading Rosie Sultan’s debut novel Helen Keller in Love, I thought about the scene in Black Beauty when the barn catches on fire and Black Beauty’s groom covers the horse’s eyes with a scarf and leads him outside to safety.  Black Beauty’s shrill whinny pierces...
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I never expected to be thinking about flutes when I went to Peru, nor when I began reading Ron Rash's new novel THE COVE on the return flight. Nor did I expect, on the way to Machu Picchu, to sit next to Ulla, a beautiful Finish flautist with a doctorate from Juilliard. And when I fell in love...
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Vee Bar Remuda, Page Lambert's Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat
A few years ago, Narrative Magazine publisher and editor Tom Jenks, at an intensive 5-day writing workshop in Denver, taught us this:  A story cannot be the continual excavation of what has already happened (back story), but must be the unfolding of what is about to happen. I figured I should...
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Not really a blog post, but thought the Red Room Readers who might not have seen Publisher Weekly's Top 10 would be interested.  Here we go: The Best of the Best Books of 2011: Overall Top 10 1. The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht [21] 2. The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides [15] 3. 1Q84, Haruki...
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Sometimes I miss a certain place, like the aspen draw on the ranch in Wyoming where Thimbleberries grow thick by July, and where snow gathers by October, staying until May. Sometimes I miss a person, like the young Greek girl Antigone whom I barely knew, but knew well enough to lie on a hill near...
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Horses have been studying humans from across the safety of a river, or from the overlook of a high ridge, or from across an expanse of grassland, for thousands of years. The oldest archealogical evidence links horses and humans as far back as 400,000 to 600,000 years ago, not as companions, but as...
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I just watched Eve Ensler's powerful new 12-minute video on TED. I immediately wanted to reach out to all the women in my life. And to all the men who love but are confused by the women in their lives.  Please don’t miss Suddenly, my body. Watch it with a friend. Watch it right now. Watch it...
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Well, for one thing, the first two book titles made the list of Oprah's top 27 summer reads.  The third, Becoming Animal, should have, but didn't.  A Small Hotel, Robert Olen Butler's latest work of fiction, is an unapologetic romantic story of a couple in love for nearly 25 years but now in the...
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I have a file box on my desk next to my Storyteller Doll with clippings torn from magazines and newspapers -- uplifting stories of people reconnecting to the land.  These stories appear in diverse publications, like Native Peoples Magazine and High Country News, or The Quivira Coalition Journal and...
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Sometimes, the most memorable moments for an artist or writer are hidden. Sometimes our work itself is hidden.   Several weeks ago Roxanne Swentzell told me over dinner and a glass of Blue Moon that she had inserted a PVC pipe into Mud Woman’s center to stabilize the 10-foot-tall sculpture. “...
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Bull elk on Lookout Mountain  in snowstorm Writing is not just about what we already know.  It's also about what we wish we knew.  At this juncture, where facts and experience meet curiosity, inspiration takes root.  Passion and our emotional connection to a story may form the heart, but research...
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The Moral Dilemma of my Mother's Mink Stole: Earning Our Place in the World My mother’s mink stole and two fur collars, one sable, one white, have been hanging in the back of my closet since she died five years ago.  I remember how beautiful she looked to me as a child when she wore her...
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We create ceremony and ritual around all other parts of our lives—baptism, bar mitzvah, feast days, confirmation, graduation, death, we even create ceremony around sports (think of Monday Night Football or the all-American baseball game), yet our culture does not have very many examples of...
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Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Laramie, Wyoming
They say horses never forget a human friend. A few days ago, I stood in the corral beside my son at our family ranch in Wyoming where I had lived for twenty years.  As we stroked our old roan gelding Tee (whom I'd seen only a few times in recent years), I thought of the rides and landscapes we...
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