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When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice

Neil Reid, January 1, 2013

What voice do you speak into an empty space? What voice do you hear? These are not shallow questions. You'll here discover the meaning both literal and figurative about blank pages in a book. Never have I seen, nor read, blank pages with so much meaning as here begins this quest of a book by Terry Tempest Williams. You want to touch them with your fingertips, sense the possibilities, the strength of words unwritten, the power of imagination implied. This was in part the legacy left to her by a mother now passed away, yet whose imprint is unmistakable in the spirit of relationship, mother to daughter. Here traced and burrowed and poetically ladled is Ms. Williams journey to answer that question. She thought she knew what to expect, yet now finds that path requires rediscovery. Ultimately coming to the question, what living voice of hers is there to speak into this same seeming emptiness? Here is a sky filled with wings!
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Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams
Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Neil Reid, January 1, 2010

This will serve only to introduce one of many fine books by this author, Terry Tempest Williams. She is a keen observer, and participant, in matters of nature, matters of craft and art, and matters of heart to all of us. Her prose borders poetic phrase. She shares what is pleasing for the eye and as well what is challenging to accept - something of truth about exactly who we really are, as a people, as stewards of purpose too.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World could hardly be any more appropriate and precisely in these times and situations we now live. Shattered stones, shattered lives, shattered nature, all abound. We all know to what measure our lives and world right now teeters upon an edge, already broken some, and awaiting dire more. What simple wisdom shall we seek?

Here is one. And as she begins this book, the very topic itself contains one answer, embracing all just as it is, yet inherent with promise still, and here expressed through her labors learning by experience the craft and art of mosaic. A conversation with what is broken, as she says.

A simply brilliant and just appropriate response! I'll leave the rest for you to discover yourself. Well worth the read even if you stopped after that first experience and near poetic dance.
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