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Barbara Mahany

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From the front pages of the Chicago Tribune, to her revered page-two columns, Barbara Mahany has opened her heart and told her stories and the stories of her family’s life that have drawn in thousands of readers for decades. She writes from the well of her Christian-Jewish marriage. Bracingly honest and heart-achingly daring, she explores the sacred mysteries with a voice, recognizable and clear. She is a sought-after speaker, and writing teacher. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

She and her husband, Blair Kamin, the Tribune's Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic, have two sons, Will, a senior at Amherst College, and Teddy, an eighth grader. Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door (Abingdon Press, October 2014) is he
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Barbara Mahany i practice the art of sitting down in the chair, scanning my imagination, and seeing what moment, what thought, carries some "electrical charge," and…morei practice the art of sitting down in the chair, scanning my imagination, and seeing what moment, what thought, carries some "electrical charge," and that's how i detect a moment worth diving into. but i might just as certainly simply live my life, and when some particular notion stirs me deeply, i know it's a moment that begs for exploring. since i was a journalist for such a long time, many of my writing is "on assignment," and that means i've done hours or days or weeks of reporting, and reading, and when i sit down to write i begin a methodical process of first combing through my notes, connecting dots, making outlines, then and only then do i begin to write. i'm blessed with not many moments of writer's block, and i mostly plow through the wall knowing there will come light on the other side.....(less)
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“I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride.”
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