Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Minding the Metaphors

Walking a labyrinth for the first time taught me to trust the path

My intention had been to attend a writing retreat, but I suddenly had the feeling that I was actually there to attend a labyrinth retreat.

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With Bears in Winter

The mountains in winter were a revelation as we climbed

The experience of holding an infant bear in your arms, and feeling it snuggle under your coat for warmth, is unforgettable.

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The Conversation That Continues

An old friend is the best friend

It was the fall of 1970, and we were freshmen in high school, that tender, socially feverish age when your friendships are everything and time stands still around every relationship.

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The Pulitzer Prize

A forgotten novelist is remembered through music

Thomas Stribling won the Pulitzer Prize for a trilogy he wrote about Florence, Alabama. But when I was growing up in the 1960s, no one in Florence spoke of Stribling anymore.

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Going to Meetin’

There’s nothing like the connections that bring writers and readers together at the Southern Festival of Books

Here it is, finally, the day when writers and readers throng into Nashville on an October weekend seeking fellowship and elevation of the spirit and news and gossip. But especially old friends and new books.

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MaDear’s Scrapbook

A granddaughter discovers an unexpected legacy of memories, questions, and untold stories

For years, I thought I was the sole oddball in my family obsessed with memorabilia. If not for an impromptu visit to my Aunt Doris’s house, I might never have known otherwise.

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