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The View from Mary's Farm

A message from Edie Clark at Mary's Farm

August 3, 2010

Dear friends,

States of Grace, my new book about old Yankees, is finally here. I am thrilled. It can be ordered online on my website (http://edieclark.com/). For those of you who have already ordered the book, Iím so sorry for this delay but the orders will be filled immediately if not sooner. A complicated set of circumstances caused the delay but itís all in the past. We are in gear to receive any new orders and we expect no delays in the foreseeable future. I so appreciate your patience!

The production of this book has pretty much preoccupied me here. Iím fortunate to have such willing co-conspirators as my friends at Folding Guides (www.foldingguides.com) to help, first and foremost, unload the books into the warehouse and secondly, keep all order fulfillment running smoothly. They have helped me from the start, when I first came out with The View from Maryís Farm. And now we are four. I think of these books as my children as they come into the world in the same way, with great anticipation and excitement as well as curiosity as to how they will do in this life, how they will be received. I plan to be doing readings and signings in this area. If any of you know of a suitable venue for such an event, do let me know.

Here? Itís been dry as a bone, grass crunching under my feet, the garden parched. But itís been a great year for the hay. Cutting started in mid-June, I canít remember such an early start, ever. Now they are starting the second cut. Weíve had perfect haying weather, stretches of hot sunny days. The hayfields have not seemed to mind the dryness. Yet. It is the opposite of the last summerís cold, soggy months of so-called summer (see Maryís Farm for this month). Itís a joy to see the blue skies and feel the heat once again but unsettling, to experience these extremes.

Between the book and my trip to Iceland in June, Iíve been preoccupied, to say the least. After I returned from Iceland, I started blogging about the trip. Iím not done with that yet. It will end when it ends. There is a lot to say about Iceland! If you are interested in reading the blogs, you have to go to http://edieclark.com/blog.htm, and start at the end to find the beginning.

So, that is the news from here. I hope all of your summers are going beautifully. Blessings to you from this hill in New Hampshire. And pray for rain!

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