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The Prize of Seeing

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard repeatedly returns to the concept of seeing nature. From the color patches and confusion of the formerly blind, to the humorous observation of a coot, and the intimate study of the organisms living in the soil beneath a sycamore tree, Dillard uses skills honed through years of careful observation to record the world around her. 663 more words

Day 19, counting down #25daysofgood

Today I’m thankful for words.

In particular, I read and fell in love with this passage from Annie Dillard’s book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. (Remarkable, by the way. 102 more words


"One Horrible Thing After Another": A Celebration of Hagfish Day

It’s National Hagfish Day, a day to focus on the unattractive and downright disgusting or horrific creatures of nature.* Seemed like a good time to run this portion of my MFA¬†third semester research project, “A Place in the Family.” This paper focused on learning from women nature writers how to reconnect with nature. 951 more words

Ponder Some

Like Annie Dillard
I’ve learned to be
still enough so even
birds ignore me, they
settle so close oblivious
to my presence, the more
of this the better I think… 15 more words


Morning Light

Just a sentence this morning as the slim line of magenta on top of my hill promises that the sun will indeed rise here today. It is all I have and important to remember each and every hour of this day: … 26 more words

Creative Nonfiction Is More Than Just the Facts - Annie Dillard - American Childhood

For me, the first step in learning to write was to gather the courage and the energy to look at the facts of my own life and then, to record them, and I have done that diligently for the past year. 1,032 more words