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Turning to Others

Mentors come to us in all kinds of ways. You may meet them face to face at art shows, writing conferences, or in your local artist community, or they may be artists in your field you court from afar, working with them by phone or the occasional email. However, they come to you and whatever form the mentee-mentor relationship may take, the work is always heart-to-heart.

My mentors have been impactful during different stages of my life, helping me uncover more and more moments when my writing accomplishes what I desire, conveying the message I want. During times when my creativity goes on sabbatical, they provide the encouragement, the little nudge I need to get me going again. More than anything, however, their mentoring pushes me to reflect upon my own writing, and notice like Swiss cheese all the holes. And I learned, and learned again, that satisfaction for one’s finished art is a rare thing.

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A Master Craftsman

The following essay is a salute to my father and to all fathers who make a positive difference in their children’s lives.

Although my father was a private person, his beliefs were evident in how he treated the earth as if it were holy, and the many ways he applied the wisdom of nature to his life. He didn’t just think about how he valued the planet, he lived out that basic precept in the activities of each day, his life exemplifying what he believed. Coming from the old school of farming, he knew that all things mattered.

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