I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being abides,
from which I struggle not to stray….
Stanley Kunitz, “The Layers“
This week, as we continue to wander through the Lenten Wilderness together & through our writing, we examine our lives through the lens of place or physical geography.
We enjoyed a reading of Stanley Kunitz’s riveting poem, “Touch Me” before we enjoyed a concentrated time of personal writing during the class. Here is Mr. Kunitz reading this poem in his own words:
We also discussed Kathleen Norris’ use of “place” as an avenue for exploring spirituality. Here is an excerpt from her writings:
Resources Used in Class
We also exchanged extensively around Georgia Heard’s discussion of querencia in Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way. Querencia is Spanish for “the place one calls home”. You can read an excerpt of her novel here.
Think about places where you have felt the most at home. Make a list of them. Choose one & describe it, perhaps your writing will move toward a story of why it is meaningful for you. Where do you feel happy & relaxed? Are there memories that you return to when you need a sense of peace? Describe them.
- If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, by Neenah Ellis
- Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way, by Georgia Heard
- Even in Quiet Places, by William Stafford
- Learning to Hear with the Heart: Meditations for Discerning God’s Will, by Debra K. Farrington
Assignment for the Week of March 10
Many in our group found it somewhat difficult to write for 10 minutes per day – many expressed that external commitments for work or life made finding the time difficult. Others expressed that they were still coming to terms with the task of writing, and found it did not come easily. For this week, the assignment is to write at least one 10 minute session. Please write more if you can manage it – this is an invitation, not a forced requirement.