Melissa Firman

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Among my earliest memories is sitting on the floor of our family room with my mom for what seemed like hours. She had written simple words on white index cards and I loved placing them on the floor before me to sound them out and make sentences. When she showed me how those same words could become NEW sentences and even MY VERY OWN STORIES — well, it goes without saying that this was a game-cha...

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Henry David Thoreau
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
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“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.”
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“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
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“Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.”
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