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Susan Ito

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in New Rochelle, NY, The United States



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Lucky, lucky me. I'm spending the long 5-day weekend at a writers' retreat in the Adirondacks. No cell phones allowed; only a few minutes of Internet connection a day (which I'm using to write this post!). I'm astounded at the extra hours I'm finding in my day. I have time to write, to read, to revise and organize my writing. I also have time to take walks or runs, to paddle a canoe on a serene... Read more of this blog post »
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“The guest is inside you, and also inside me;
you know the sprout is hidden inside the seed.
We are all struggling; none of us has gone far.
Let your arrogance go, and look around inside.

The blue sky opens out farther and farther,
the daily sense of failure goes away,
the damage I have done to myself fades,
a million suns come forward with light,
when I sit firmly in that world.

I hear bells ringing that no one has shaken,
inside "love" there is more joy than we know of,
rain pours down, although the sky is clear of clouds,
there are whole rivers of light.
The universe is shot through in all parts by a single sort of love.
How hard it is to feel that joy in all our four bodies!

Those who hope to be reasonable about it fail.
The arrogance of reason has separated us from that love.
With the word "reason" you already feel miles away.”
Kabir, The Kabir book: Forty-four of the ecstatic poems of Kabir

Marilynne Robinson
“I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle. You may not remember me very well at all, and it may seem to you to be no great thing to have been the good child of an old man in a shabby little town you will no doubt leave behind. If only I had the words to tell you.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Marilynne Robinson
“There is so little to remember of anyone - an anecdote, a conversation at a table. But every memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh, and that the wanderers will find a way home, and the perished, whose lack we always feel, will step through the door finally and stroke our hair with dreaming habitual fondness not having meant to keep us waiting long.”
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson
“Because, once alone, it is impossible to believe that one could ever have been otherwise. Loneliness is an absolute discovery.”
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

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“Memory can make a thing seem to have been much more than it was.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

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