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Writing Boldly into the Next Beyond

By Holly Lyn Walrath
Feb 10, 2018 · 595 words · 3 minutes

From the author: Words are deep roots. They can seep into your heart, into your very bones, and stick with you. They are sometimes worth gold--but are better practiced as an art form. Old stories are often strong ones passed from generation to generation. Writers who write outside the fold are not lost. This last I believe so strongly it hurts...

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

--J.R.R. Tolkien

Dear Friends New and Old,

Hanging on the wall in my bedroom is a painting inspired by Lord of the Rings. My Aunt made it. She was a wonderful artist for many years and now has gotten too old to create. She used to teach art in a tiny town called Waxahachie, Texas.

I think about my Aunt a lot. When she was forced to leave her...

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