“I am struck by how available everything is that is wonderful if you abandon the notion that you have to live on the edge of it,” David said as we sat on the porch on Friday night, watching the few clouds in the sky take on the pinks and mauves of the lowering light.  We were talking about all the places we love to be — on the water, in the woods, on a mountain top.

“I’m really pleased that these boots were made in Italy and not China,” he went on, looking at the boots he finally decided on, after weeks of boot research and boot trying-on in preparation for our walk across England.

“Is it a blessing or a curse that everything I experience is translated into language to be written down?” I asked.  “It’s a blessing,” David said.  And so it is, and here I am, writing it down.


About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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