This I have always known–that if I did not live my life immersed in the one activity which suits me, and which, to tell the truth, keeps me utterly happy and intrigued, I would come someday to bitter and mortal regret.
For my friend Anne, like the Pulitzer prize winning Oliver, that activity is writing. It always has been. She has a keen ability to take pieces of her heart, wrap them in words, and give them to us. And when we read them, we do not see Anne. We see ourselves. And truth that has been hidden in us finds a way out through her words.
In her most recent book, Permission to Speak Freely, she gave many of us the courage to do likewise. To say the hard things. To share our stories. Her courage became our courage. And as a result, we too have given others “the gift of going second”. A safe place to say the things that matter.
Anne is currently in an in-between space in her life, both personally and professionally. An interlude. She is using this threshold moment to gather together some of her most significant art from the past fifteen years into an e-book she is calling Interlude. There will be essays, poems, photographs, and stories. It is a book you will want to own. And share with those you love.
And here you have a unique opportunity. You can be a patron of the arts. Of redeeming, healing, life-giving art. You can help make sure Anne eats for the next few months while she is putting this project together. And, for a gift of as little as $13, you will secure your own copy of the book when it is finished.
Mike and I chose to contribute because we believe in Anne. We believe in who she is and in the marvelous art she creates. Spend a bit of time with her and you will too.