Thanks to Andy Schoenborn for helping us celebrate the National Day on Writing! 


Why I wake early: to write 

Why I write: so that caged birds can sing, so the things I carry belong 

to water my late mother’s garden, to travel with Charley, to be alone together with my thoughts, to create a more confident writer, to shed tears over a hatchet

I write to celebrate all creatures great and small, little women and little men, the soul of an octopus, wild geese and blue horses 

I write for reverent devotions, for beloved dog songs, for breaking rules of the dance and quenching the thirst of a thousand mornings upstream 

I write because it matters ~

because that is what I choose to do with my one wild and precious life 

not because there is ink in my pen

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