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The View from Mary's Farm

News from Edie Clark

August 21, 2010

Hi, all,
Iíve now officially joined the modern world: Iím not only on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edie-Clark/146777182010104?ref=ts&v=wall) but Iím also on Twitter! (I have no idea how to link you to that but Iím confident that if you Twitter, youíll be able to find it faster than I can.) Believe me, I would not have done this without some major urging on the part of those in the know, and, I might add, without the considerable assistance from -- those in the know. The entire concept is still outside of my grasp but I will use it somewhat in the same way I use my blog Ė if something big happens (such as the publication of my new book: States of Grace: Encounters with Real Yankees), Iíll be using that to let you know or if I read something that inspires me or intrigues me, Iíll be posting that on the line. I promise I will never tell you what I ate for breakfast or send you a photo of my fun day at the beach. The whole thing, such a part of modern life now, is still something of a foreign concept to me and yet I do understand the usefulness of having the facility to be in touch so instantly Ė and in a way thatís your choice, not mine. So, if you are an FB kind of person or if you like to Twitter (I confess I will only send out posts but have no idea how these are received. I donít even know how that happens), I just wanted to let you know that the link has been made, from me to you, if you so choose. Meanwhile, in the blogosphere, Iíve been blogging about Iceland (http://edieclark.com/blog.htm) for a while now and will switch back to news and musings from Maryís Farm. I think Iceland is a book! Life is amazing as it keeps unrolling in new and interesting ways. I hope this finds you well Ė and reading!

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