I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Dane Cervine lives on the edge of Monterey Bay in California but has yet to fall in. He directs Santa Cruz County’s youth mental-health programs, plays guitar, and does Tarot readings.
Jackie Shannon Hollis lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon, where their cat, Fred, often sits at the windowsill and looks out at the cedar trees while she writes. Her work has appeared in Rosebud, the Rambler, High Desert Journal, and Oregon Literary Review, and she has completed a novel, for which she is seeking an agent. A different version of her essay in this issue, called “Subtitles,” was published in May 2005 in the online journal MARY.
Joe Hoover is working toward becoming an ordained priest. He is the campus minister at Red Cloud High School on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in southwest South Dakota, where both Catholic Masses and sweat-lodge ceremonies are offered. His writing has been published in the Cresset, AGNI online, and Best Catholic Writing 2006 (Loyola Press).
Paul Hostovsky is the author of two collections of poetry, Bending the Notes and Dear Truth (both Main Street Rag), and has won a Pushcart Prize. He works in Boston as a sign-language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. On his daily commute he reads Braille with his right hand while steering with his left. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.
Clemens Kalischer lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He took this month’s cover photograph in the early 1950s in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The man on the right is Oskar Kokoschka, a Viennese artist who was teaching classes through the local museum. The other people in the photograph are his students.
Jonathan Kime writes grants for an international reproductive-rights organization and is working on a collection of essays about the two and half years he lived and worked in East Timor after that country claimed independence from Indonesia. He lives with his wife and dog near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Richard Lange is the author of the short-story collection Dead Boys (Back Bay Books) and the novel This Wicked World (Little, Brown and Company). He has walked from the Mexican border to Palm Springs, California, and hopes to make it all the way to Canada someday. He lives in Los Angeles.
C.S. Lewis was a British writer of Irish descent and a literary critic. He is the author of the religious satire The Screwtape Letters and A Grief Observed. He is best known for The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels that use allegory to depict tenets of the Christian faith.
D. Patrick Miller is the founder of Fearless Books (www.fearlessbooks.com) and the author of The Way of Forgiveness (Fearless) and Understanding “A Course in Miracles” (Celestial Arts/Random House). As a writing coach and consultant he helps writers find their way to publication, literary enlightenment, or salutary disillusionment.
Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.
Roy Arenella’s work has been published in the New York Times, Popular Photography, and the Village Voice. He lives in Greenwich, New York.
Jennifer Bisbing lives in Chicago. Her current project, wicker women, is a celebration of the women who work and live in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. She is donating all of the proceeds to Connections for Abused Women and Their Children.
William Carter’s latest book of photographs, Causes and Spirits, is due out this year from Steidl, and more than 150 of his pictures have been acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum. He lives in Los Altos Hills, California.
Thomas Clark is a part-time photographer, writer, tennis player, and recluse. He lives in St. Albans, New York.
Ben Depp enjoys taking pictures, gardening, and converting old bicycles into cargo bikes. He lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he works for a microfinance organization. Following the January 2010 earthquake he spent his days pulling people out of the rubble and transporting the injured on his motorcycle.
Robert Meyer’s photographs have been published in Minnesota Monthly, The World & I, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Cyndi Prince’s photographs have been published in Nueva Luz. After college she worked as a photographer on a scientific-research vessel, allowing her to travel the world. She is now director of operations at a fine-art gallery and lives in Camden, Maine.
Craig J. Satterlee travels with his wife and fox terriers, Pokey and Picasso, searching for the perfect pizza. He lives in Powell, Wyoming, where he teaches photography at Northwest College.
Mary Anne Stimpfling has a love for rusted car parts and likes to wear something pink — usually work gloves or lipstick — when using power tools. She lives in Missoula, Montana, and makes ends meet by photographing weddings and making portraits.
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