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The View from Mary's Farm

a final appeal

November 13, 2012

Veteran's Day. How does war, any war, affect the generation that fights it and what affect does it have on the next generation? My barely five foot, 100 pound mother signed up to be a Marine, out of desperation when Tom, whom she had planned to marry, was shot down and killed on his first mission in New Guinea early in World War II. She served two years. My father served three and a half years in North Africa and Italy. When they died, my parents' nearly 2,000 letters came to me. Based on these letters, I've put together a book, What There Was Not To Tell, that tries to answer this question. The book is very close to finished. Help me finish this and publish it. Time on this campaign is short now. Just FIVE days to go before Indiegogo (a wonderful online arts funding organization) takes it off their site. Here's the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/edieclark
I need another $2,000 to reach my goal.
You can also see more about this book in the "Books" section of my website.
I'm very grateful to all those who have helped and regret having to ask for further funds to make this possible. But I have not yet reached my goal. Please forgive but I believe in this book. If you do not want to pledge online, you are welcome to send me a check in any amount. Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested in the subject or in my work.
Many thanks!!
PO Box 112
Dublin NH

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