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We’re all on some sort of journey, aren’t we? Check back here periodically to find out more about G. Elizabeth Kretchmer’s journeys through the literary world and through life.

Meet My Newest Writer Community

Philosopher Erich Fromm wrote that we can save ourselves from our own madness if we create a community–which he calls a “sane society”–that conforms to our needs. Journalist Sebastian Junger, similarly, argued in his book Tribe that we need community for the sake of our mental health. And one of the wisest men alive, Parker J. Palmer, insisted in A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life that a strong community is necessary for people to be able to develop and exercise their true sense of self.

Like many writers, I’m far more comfortable with myself than in the company of many others, especially strangers. When I was invited to a writer’s retreat this spring, I knew it would be a stretch for me, and when it came time to head over the mountains to it this past weekend, it took a near Herculean effort to haul myself out of my comfort zone and into this gathering of souls I didn’t know.

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How grateful I am that I went! This was a community of writers that cared only to write and to support one another’s writerly “needs,” which for some of us intersects with finding and honoring our true selves. It was a refreshing group of individuals, among whom there wasn’t a single hint of the competition or hierarchical bravado that often permeates writing events. Nor was there any unsolicited advice being proffered. Instead, I found only a group of people who represented exactly what community is supposed to be: people who share a common passion (even if we do write in different genres) who come together for sincere support and sanity.

Cheers to these writers! So happy to be part of their community.

Christine Cook Fairchild

Kim Hornsby

Carmine Valentine Anderson

Crista McHugh

Janet Oakley

Nancy Adair

Vince Bryant

Alec Rowell

Laurie Dennis

The other Laurie

Nancy Adair

Julianna Hinckley

 

 

 

 

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Gail Folkins: 8 Great Nature Reads Set in the Pacific Northwest

I met nature writer Gail Folkins at a local Wine Walk event. Neither of us were drinking or walking, however. We were peddling our books. I quickly discovered Gail is as passionate about our landscape as I am, so I invited her to share some of her favorite nature reads. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll… Continue Reading

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Women’s History Month: A Quiz

In honor of Women’s History Month, I sent a quiz to everyone on my mailing list to test their knowledge about women who’ve made a difference in the world. The quiz questions are repeated below, along with the answers and links to some fabulous biographies/memoirs, historical novels, and films about these women. (Caveat: I’ve tried to… Continue Reading

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  1. I got 16 2/3 right, so I’m a rock star, huh! This was so useful–wish all post-elementary students cloud take it not to mention all adults!

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33 Books to Challenge Your Implicit Bias

A country that once prided itself on being a melting pot seems to have nearly reached the boiling point, and differences among us have become cause for alarm—according to some people—rather than cause for celebration. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a fantasy world like Game of Thrones, where the kingdoms are fighting against… Continue Reading

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