Today, for the first writing class of the new quarter, I pulled out an old piece from Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, and was struck again by this passage:

Our lives are at once ordinary and mythical. We live and die, age beautifully or full of wrinkles. We wake in the morning, buy yellow cheese, and hope we have enough money to pay for it. At the same instance we have these magnificent hearts that pump through all the sorrow and all winters we are alive on the earth. We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived...


Rupert said...

N Goldberg also has a brilliant short essay in the current Five Points on how writing hooks up w this great mystery or whatever you call life . . . it makes you wanna read it aloud to someone

Montgomery Maxton said...

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e! said...

Thank you for this...really needed this! It makes me realize that life goes on even if I don't think it will, or that the 3 dollars always seems to appear for the yellow cheese if I am hungry. Hope all is well with you! I miss our occasional chats!

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