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"Words are metal shavings that gather around the magnet of thought." 
                                                          — Paraphrased from an essay by Alberto Manguel

Looking Up


Doris peered up at the three-story high ceiling

and zigzagging staircase angling toward the rooftop, a timid smile on her face as she scanned the vertical volume of her grandson’s loft.



Notebook: 10.1.2015
Essays: Life in Context

Book: Words from the Woods


Years ago, my childhood friend Susan, a blond, broad cheekboned Finnish girl (like many in her native Copper Country), told me about their tradition of taking saunas followed by a bracing dip in the frigid Great Lake.




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