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Friday, October 25, 2019

Living Life 'On The Wide Side'

“Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.  Love is the best school, but the tuition is high and the homework can be painful.” – Diane Ackerman

Born in October 1948, Ackerman is the author of the bestselling book on love, One Hundred Names for Love, also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.   And, of course, she authored The Zookeeper’s Wife (also made into a popular movie) and A Natural History of the Senses, adapted into a 5-part NOVA television series called “The Mystery of the Senses.”    Not to be categorized in any way, she also penned The Human Age, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award (in the Natural History Literature category).

A native of Pennsylvania, Ackerman earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University then went on to earn 3 degrees, including a Master of Fine Arts and a Ph.D., from Cornell University.     In addition to her many books, she has written essays and stories for magazines and journals around the globe, taught at several colleges and universities, and done wide-ranging poetic explorations of the natural world.

“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it,” she said about her seemingly boundless energy.   “I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

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