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Thursday, February 25, 2021

'Really A Way Of Thinking'

 “Writing is really a way of thinking--not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.”—Toni Morrison

Black History is much more than a month and is reflective of us all each and every day.  None told this story better than Morrison, born in February of 1931.  As a novelist, editor and professor she shaped literature with the power of her epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly detailed characters, giving us such wonderful books as The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

She was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 capping a basketful of lifetime achievement awards, begun with a Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award, both for Beloved, and then the Nobel Prize for her life’s body of written work.  Hers was truly a craftsmanship that inspired other writers to reach deeper within themselves in hopes of emulating even a small part of what she achieved on the page. 

“If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet,” she once advised aspiring writers, “then you must write it.”


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