Dune Hollow Writers: Writers Welcome
by Joan Flynn
I was a happy, oblivious writer for many years, penning verses for family birthdays and anniversaries, bleeding my heart onto paper during my tumultuous teens. Writing gave me a vehicle for all that chaotic busyness going on inside.
And then, in my early twenties, I had a disastrous weekend at a poetry critique which led me away from sharing my words for a long time.
Those other writers, none of whom I knew, took the words that had come from the deepest places inside of me and made them seem silly and frivolous.
I came away wounded, unsure that anything I wrote was worthy of sharing ever again. It felt like I'd been an imposter. Who did I think I was, forcing others through the agony of hearing another ho-hum missive from me?
Yet, my fingers itched to spool out the phrases and impressions that crowded my head and woke me at 3 a.m., so I wrote, but I kept it to myself; sort of an apologetic secret.
It was a lonely time. I missed sharing with others and hearing their words. And then, in the early 1980's, someone told me about a writing group in Northampton, MA, near to where I lived, that sounded safe and supportive; that made me want to take a chance again. It changed my life.
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97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement
97 Orchard is a story of immigration, food, and life in the tenements of New York City at the turn of the 20th Century.
Jane Ziegelman's book reads like a novel as she traces the lives of five families – German, Irish, Prussian Jew, Russian and Italian, who shared the address of 97 Orchard between 1880 and 1920.
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