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The View from Mary's Farm

News About Edie Clark and Her Books

November 10, 2017

Dear Friends and Fans of Edie Clark
This newsletter is sent to you on behalf of Edie. No doubt you’ve noticed that it has been some time since you received a “Mary’s Farm” newsletter. If you have the November/December Yankee magazine, you may have read editor Mel Allen’s Inside Yankee. The theme for the issue is Home for the Holidays. The following is taken directly from Mel’s column.
--"Only a few weeks ago, I was certain I would fill this space by showing how the meaning of home was reflected in these stories—but that all changed when Yankee’s beloved columnist, Edie Clark, who has written so many stories and so many columns about her rural life in New England, took a fall. Turns out Edie had been falling frequently, without warning, but always refused to go to the hospital. This last time she acquiesced, and the doctors told her she had suffered a series of small but significant strokes. She spent a month in the hospital and now is having rehab therapy at a nearby facility. Her spirits are good. She laughs. Friends come by
daily. She is still Edie.
Edie may not write again. That is a simple fact, and it is difficult for me to admit. But I knew I needed to let her loyal readers, the thousands who say they turn first to her 'Mary’s Farm' whenever Yankee comes into their home, know why this (November/December) issue features one of Edie’s favorite columns from the past.
I will write more about Edie and her hillside farm in the January/February 2018 issue. It is unlikely she will be able to return to the homestead that she nurtured and that in turn nurtured the words that touched so many. The family is putting its efforts toward finding a good, caring place for Edie to put down new roots – and she is someone who does this.
Even if it’s in a setting where most of the residents have come because they no longer could maneuver in their previous homes, she will discover new stories and observations. What will change is that she may not be able to set them down in the words she wants to find. We will run some of our favorite Edie Clark columns through 2018, and many more can be found between the covers of her books. Writers achieve a measure of immortality with words, and Edie has used hers to describe things that seem small – a storm, a handyman, the scent of beans
baking in a wood-fired oven – yet are rooted so deep in place that time is all but suspended.
To send Edie cards, write to Yankee: 1121 Main Street, Dublin, NH 03444. ---- Mel Allen, Yankee"

Edie’s family and friends have made it possible to still order books from the website, edieclark.com, thanks to the generous efforts of Steve Lewers. We did not want the gift-giving season to go by without an opportunity for you to buy and give books by Edie Clark.
To buy books: When you access edieclark.com, view the top of the page to click on the tab MY BOOKS, for full descriptions. To order, see the left side of the page, Quick Links. Your orders are best placed by using a credit card for payment. However, if you wish to order and pay by check, write your order, calculate your total and send to Earth, Sky & Water, LLC, PO Box 60, Wilton NH 03086. Checks are to be made payable to Earth, Sky & Water. Right now, we are not sure how long the website will be available, but certainly through the next few months. Do keep in mind, please, that old address information appears on a couple of the website pages. Do Not use the PO Box in Dublin.
We also wish to report that since publication of the November/December Yankee, Edie has received many, many cards from well-wishers. It is a pleasure for her to read them. At any time, cards only (no orders though) can be sent to the Yankee address above, and that mail will be hand delivered to Edie. Thank you for support and interest.

Selected Works

In 1992, the Bishop of Worcester condemned St. Joseph's Catholic Church and ordered it closed. The parishioners refused to leave, sleeping on cots and on the hard pews. For thirteen months this was their life. In July of 1993, they were removed by the police. In many ways this was the blossoming of their faith. Originally published in Yankee Magazine in November 1993.
Growing up, nothing I could do seemed to please my mother and nothing she said made sense to me. But when my mother, on the threshold of death, came to live with me, I found what seemed to have been lost forever. Originally published in Yankee Magazine, May 1995
(The follow-up article to Miracle at St. Joseph's.) The Bishop turned to them and said, "Your prayers have been answered, the hard hearts have softened." Originally published in Yankee Magazine, December 1996
A reflection on the power of cooking and friendship and the concept of family. Originally published in Yankee Magazine, November/December 2007
Memorial Day, Harrisville, New Hampshire 1995. Originally published in Yankee Magazine, May 1996
My Articles
Libraries occupy a special place in the heart of a town. Evening events at the library give a strong sense of community and make it seem like a great place to live. And in the wake of the online revolution small town libraries have found a way to not only survive but to be indispensable.
In December 2008 an epic ice storm left virtually the entire state of New Hampshire without power. The residual effects of that storm paralyzed the Monadnock Region almost through Christmas. A first person account.
In 1994, sixteen-year-old Billy Best was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. After several treatments, he ran away to avoid chemotherapy. What happened after that may have been a miracle.
Roxanne Quimby once lived primitively in the Maine woods. Today she owns 90,000 acres of those woods, and her goal is to create a national park to preserve the landscape forever. So why do so many people wish she'd just go away?
Multi-million dollar border stations are rising along our line between US and Canada. What was once the "friendliest border" has become deadly serious.
Renowned short story writer, Andre Dubus, reflects on the accident that cost him his legs.
A trip to Poland discovers a beloved family friend
An elegy for the master of the short story.
Fall comes to The County
Thousands seek healing from this innocent, comatose child.
A complete listing of articles published since 1978
An encounter with a sick fox brings a young woman to the heart of her grief