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Susan Ashley Michael

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Susan Ashley Michael ( grew up in Freetown, Massachusetts and studied for a year abroad in Turin, Italy. As an English major at University of Massachusetts/Amherst, she attended St. Hilda's/ Oxford University for a semester. For more than thirty years, she taught in Massachusetts schools during which time she was granted a fellowship to disseminate a history program to schools in the Commonwealth and also wrote a collection of oral histories entitled "Toys in the Sand: Recovering Childhood Memories." Her poem "Flying on Fat Tuesday" was nominated in 2012 by vox poetica for the Pushcart Prize. She worked on her writing, including the manuscript for Crossing the Bridge of Sighs, at the Fine Arts Work C ...more

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Crossing the Bridge of Sighs

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“Life is a bowl of Baci"
from Crossing the Bridge of Sighs”
Susan Ashley Michael

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
Henry James

“I'm beginning to think that maybe it's not just how much you love someone. Maybe what matters is who you are when you're with them.”
Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist

“[Think] of an experience from your childhood. Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all you really were there at the time, weren't you? How else could you remember it? But here is the bombshell: you weren't there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place. Every bit of you has been replaced many times over (which is why you eat, of course). You are not even the same shape as you were then. The point is that you are like a cloud: something that persists over long periods, while simultaneously being in flux. Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made. If that does not make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does, because it is important.”
Steve Grand, Creation: Life and How to Make It

“Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton... I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by... If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations... What do you think you see, Linus?"
"Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean... That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor... And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen... I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side..."
"Uh huh... That's very good... What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?"
"Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

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