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Editor’s Letter, March 2015
I left Peñasco and returned to my classes, fell in love, married, moved away, but never quite forgot the women of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, who passed their healing secrets from generation to generation. Sangre de Cristo—the blood of Christ. Like the people of Peñasco themselves, the mountain’s name originated with the Spanish settlers in the 18th century, pious Catholics who glimpsed the mysteries of healing grace in both the mountain’s plants and the meaning of the name they gave it.
Love should come, I thought, like breathing, like a beating heart: effortlessly. But it did not come effortlessly, and I felt so guilty. Guilty and terrified.
In Class 4 of Birthing the Mother Writer, Cassie invites readers to submit a short story of 700-1000 words that shows an adept use of dialogue.
One spring, our dog chased off a mother deer minutes after she had given birth. For two days, we kept our dog tied up and listened to the fawn crying out in a voice that sounded human, “Mama! Mama!” Finally, the mother came back and the woods quieted. I started to wonder, how much damage could one family do?
How could a mother possibly be strong enough, or wise enough, to escort her daughter through the land mines of adolescence?
What is bravery, and do each of us define it differently? Who do we look up to as courageous characters? When I posed this question to my colleagues, I got as varied responses as I could have desired.
I am a ghost to them, they pretend
my calling to them is the wind in the trees.
Affection shown children in public
sickens her. At home
kids are tied in the attic . . .
. . . while we are pursued
by flocks of children clutching black plastic garbage bags,
whispering, por favor, señora, por favor
Oh child for whom we circled and called
Shebooks, which publishes short e-books by and for women, was launched in January 2014 by three women with extensive experience in the publishing world. Laura Fraser recently spoke with Lisa Lynne Lewis about the company’s first year of operation, the need to boost visibility for women writers, and the influence of Eat, Pray, Love.
Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction by the late Wendi Kaufman, is smart, hilarious, heart-breaking, and beautiful.