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Jeanne DuPrau

Jeanne DuPrau is the author of The Earth House (Ballantine). She lives in Menlo Park, California, where she writes about whatever interests her — from Zen meditation to roller derby. She is currently working on a book about love.

— From July 1999
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Old Maids

My aunt Eunice never married. I have not married either, and I think that perhaps we remained single for the same reason, though I may be wrong. Eunice never said why she hadn’t married, except in the joking way one replies to the curiosity of children.

July 1999
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Birds Of Silicon Valley

My job was to write computer training programs. But sometimes my mind wandered, and I turned to look out the window at the people in the parking lot, the cars on the street, and, especially from my sixth-floor cubicle, the birds that soared in the gulf of air between me and the ground.

November 1993
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Door, The Road, And The Zen Teacher

I’m ordinarily unaware that a feeling hangs like a mist around what I see and makes it look the way it does. I’m rarely aware of this because it’s always happening; I’m always looking through filters of feeling just as I’m always looking through the air. Only on rare occasions, when by chance I experience the same object in two very different ways, do I become aware of what my mind is doing.

August 1992
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