Susan Kimberly


"I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. we've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't." -- audre lorde “every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. silence is not an absence but a presence. not an emptiness but repletion. a filling up.” -anne leclaire “once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. there had just been a storm, and starfish had been scattered along the sands. the boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling the fish to the sea. but every time he threw a starfish, another would wash ashore. "an old Earth man happened along and saw what the child was doing. he called out, 'Boy, what are you doing?' " 'Saving the starfish!' replied the boy. " 'But your attempts are useless, child! every time you save one, another one returns, often the same one! you can't save them all, so why bother trying? why does it matter, anyway?' called the old man. "The boy thought about this for a while, a starfish in his hand; he answered, "well, it matters to this one." and then he flung the starfish into the welcoming sea.” ― loren eiseley, the star thrower Susan Gilliam, To Susan Gilliam of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, warmest regards from Critter who is enjoying life in Walker, Minnesota, home of the Moondance Jam. - Stan Gilliam

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