Mary Volmer

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I grew up ten miles outside of Grass Valley, California, a Sierra Nevada foothill town in the heart of Gold Country. Dad taught high school Special Ed. Mom was a librarian, a second grade and then a middle school English teacher, so most of my early memories feature blackboards, books, dusty, deserted playgrounds, and bigger kids who were mostly tolerant and kind, in a dismissive sort of way. I adored them all but idolized Jean, a freckled blond girl in my older brother’s class.

Jean was bigger than most of the boys, faster too, and her knees were branded with the most exquisite collection of bruises I’d ever seen. Jean taught me how to dribble a basketball, how to elbow my way into games, how to play through bloody noses, how to go get the
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Mary Volmer The best advice I can give writers is to persist, if you must. I’ve tried to quit writing, but I failed. I’m compelled to put words on a page and if…moreThe best advice I can give writers is to persist, if you must. I’ve tried to quit writing, but I failed. I’m compelled to put words on a page and if this describes you, too, then keep going. You don’t have to write a novel to be writer. You don’t have to publish a novel to be a writer. You only need to write. The practice is hard, often frustrating, sometimes demoralizing. But writing also allows you to inhabit the world with a constant sense of curiosity and awe. This is true for all storytellers, essayists, and poets, regardless of aesthetic or genre. Mary Zimmerman says, “Through storytelling we cultivate empathy.” I can think of no more noble and necessary calling.

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You Are Not The Special One: A Letter To My Son

Published in MUTHA Magazine, March 5, 2019 The other day, romping through the living room, stuffed kitty under one arm, you stopped, raised your little chin like Nero and declared: “I am the special one!” Floppy blond hair, brown eyes wide, a pint-sized superhero, minus the cape. The performance should have been funny. It was funny. Your dad and I laughed.

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“Look around you. Look back. This is what I want to tell my daughters, the message I wish to leave behind. Be grateful, but not too grateful for fragments of the rights due all persons. Remember, justice and change comes hard and slow. Remember, you will have many mothers in this life besides me, all of them flawed. Judge them, judge me, but not too harshly. Carry on, my girls, but guard yourself against the irrational defeats that may yet come.”
Mary Volmer, Reliance, Illinois

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Rashaan Hooray for Mary & books! So glad to connect with you on goodreads. I have to recommend again that you get your author page up and running. Do it for your adoring fans, like me!


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