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The View from Mary's Farm

Comments from Readers about Mary's Farm

May 20, 2004

Some comments from readers about Mary's Farm:

“Not until I ran into your stories in Yankee did I find a storyteller I could read and reread a dozen times. You may number me among your most ardent fans, even your truest friends. . . .because I am so fond of your work, I often mourn the fact of your lack of exposure. Since it is a common source of income for those much less talented and interesting than you, why not bring out a book of your essays? The rich and famous do it as well as the many who weren’t even good or funny the first time around. We could use such a book of your fine work.”
Doris Finnessy
New Freedom PA

“I look forward to your essays. They are like dessert at the end of a good meal.”
Alice Staples
Ashland NH

“I have been a fan of yours since you first started writing for Yankee. I hope you are going to publish a compilation of your heartfelt columns. . .thank you for your gift and talents in reaching deep inside.”
Eric Van Renterghem
Finley, Ohio

“My husband and I enjoy your articles in Yankee. I often read them to him at a quiet time. I come from a small Bavarian mountain village so some of your writing reminds me of my youth. I was just listening to a song from Kate Wolf and it reminds me of you and the area where you live. I thought you would like to know this song too. Thank you for letting me get to know you through your work.”
Elizabeth Eslao

“I rarely write fan mail but I decided to make an exception in your case. I’ve been reading Yankee magazine for more than 5 years and your column is the first and last thing I read in every issue. I’ve even started a collection. I was prompted to write to you while reading another Yankee poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay, “Nature.” The gift to see beauty in everything, even the color of the common tomato is a gift given unfortunately to few. But you have it and you share it with us. Thank you.”
Michael Shepard
Bloomsburg PA

“I have continued my subscription to Yankee and I adore Mary’s Farm. Usually, like all things that I really savor, I save your column for reading last; unless I really need a boost before then. You are a treasure. Are there other things available that you have written? How about a collection of these columns?”
Lyn L. Logan
Center TX

“On a whim, I typed in Edie Clark as a search on the internet and was thrilled to find your website. As a transplanted Yankee, the Yankee magazine and your column especially keep me in touch with my roots. When the magazine comes, I sit with a beverage of choice and turn to your column first, just to enjoy it at my leisure. It’s like a letter from home. Thanks for the information about The Place He Made. That’s next on my agenda.
Your fan in California,
Betty Nichols

“The View from Mary’s Farm” continues to be my favorite magazine department. Edie Clark’s voice is warmly clear and wittily compassionate.”
Delia Mae Farris
Warren ME

“I just wanted to write to tell you how I enjoy your articles in Yankee Magazine. Mary’s Farm just puts me right there in time with you. It is just wonderful to read your publications. In fact, I wouldn’t read Yankee if your stories were not included.”
Judy Hudson
Winchester NH

“Your writing to me is like a kind of poetry. It makes me feel. I have enjoyed reading your snapshots of life in Yankee Magazine. I appreciate your work, it is superior. Thank you.”
Scott Feck

“Thank you for your Yankee essays. They are a special treat which I look forward to every time a new edition comes along. I grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts before moving to Germany with my parents in the late 1970s. Since then I treasure the New England memory and harbor some homesickness, especially during the fall season. I received a master’s degree in German and English literature in 2000, but right now I am doing administrative work in a large company. I’m always very much interested in literature and sometimes find my work intellectually not challenging enough. Would you be interested in considering a translation of your essays into German? I know of New England lovers all over this country who would certainly enjoy your style and perspective, your thoughts and visions of life.”
Anna Katharina Echtner

“Your essays have all the virtues of a good poem. I always read your page.”
Jean Burden
Altadena CA

“When my copy of Yankee arrives, I immediately flip to your article. I am always delighted. I am a misplaced Yankee, living in Florida. The weather is great but my heart is in New England. Your articles replenish my soul. My first encounter with your writing was The Place He Made. What a wonderful love story! Thank you for your life with your readers.”
Mary P. Douglas
Bradenton FL

"I stumbled upon your website and was amazed by your work. Thank you!"
Chris Ehnot

"I have to tell you that I'm an admirer of your works. I can't wait to read your page in Yankee Magazine! I cannot tell you how much I cried after reading your book."

"For years I've thought and pondered how to contact you. I want to tell you how much your articles in Yankee mean to me. I have re-subscribed just to have them. In the world that we live in now, time is not spent or reserved for the simple/wonderful "gifts" that we have all managed to overlook. Your book and articles are a sample of these gifts to me, along with nature's beauties, like fireflies, wood thrush calls, a distant train whistle. I read your book and passed it to my mother after my father died. Bless you, Edie Clark. Live happy and long knowing the gift God has given you, you pass onto others so that we may "remember."
Linda Smith
New York City

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