In 1990, I met Martha Barrett and Sue Wheeler in writing classes and followed them to a week-long workshop called "Moasses Pond." Back then --- and now --- the Wednesday night in the middle of that week is "Alumni Night" and alum join current students for dinner and one past MPer is feted for their accomplishments. This night it was Sue, who is no longer going to teach at MP. I love being here at Twin Farms and with these people. Here's the journaling from the layout: While Sue’s name tag says she started with Molasses Pond in 1742 and while she is an absolute legend as a teacher in this region, I’m thinking it was more like the late 80s that she and Martha founded this writers’ retreat. And now Sue’s passing the . . . the what? the sharp tongue of writing advice, critique, and wit? Not sure that’s possible. On this June night, in the midst of another annual retreat at Twin Farms, new students and alum celebrated Sue in high style (everyone being honored should hope to have Martha as their M.C.).
So many of us had remarkable memories of working with and just being with Sue, of how much true friendship and great teaching she extends. We adore her . . . and--go figure!--since some of the more memorable quotes of hers that were resurrected included:
"Have confidence, dammit!"
"It's about the war, stupid."
"Oh, that's just not possible." and
"You really might need a therapist."
We love you, Sue, and can’t wait to see what comes of your new venture.
My friend and neighbor, Sara, had a baby this summer, and another friend threw her a show that was over-the-top in detail and in love.
JOURNALING: Being at this incredible baby shower that Jennifer made for Sara, seeing all the lovely touches, seeing Sara’s ease and happiness, I thought several times, how lucky they were to have each other for friends. Sara didn’t just get showered with gifts (including an over-the top blanket which Jennifer knit), she also got thorougly showered with love.
(The products here are all from Imaginisce--they sent them to me for a Scrapbook Answers article that never materialized.)