Hal Manogue on “Grace Riehl-ly” (Short Sleeve Insights: Live An Ordinary Life In A Non Ordinary Way)—The Connection of Friendship
Since "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary" came out (read more on sidebar), I've made friends I've never met. That, for me, has been one of the best parts of becoming an author. One of those friends-from-afar (but closer now that I'm in St. Louis and he's only in Nashville) is Hal Manogue.
In an email to me this morning he wrote: You were on my mind this morning; I must have visited you last night on one of my dream adventures. I appreciate you and all you do to bring unity and awareness to light. I know your Sister and Mother are cheering; for they are the fruit on your tree of expression.
He very kindly wrote about our long-distance friendship and posted two poems from the collection: "Grace: for four generations of Graces" and "Knick-Knacks." You can read his post on "Grace Riehl-ly" here at Short Sleeves Insights: Insightful Thoughts For The 21st Century, "Live An Ordinary Life In A Non Ordinary Way." The post begins:
"It's always great to think about friends. They come in so many wonderful packages; each bring a new energy to my life; each offer themselves to me in extraordinary ways, filled with grace and love. Friendship finds the port of joy within me and docks its vessel in my heart. I feel and remember them all; they are a part of me and I am a part of them. That unity is the connection of spirit that awakens my senses and enlightens my mind, so I smile in wholeness. Janet Grace Riehl is a friend. I've never met her physically, but we have known each other forever...."
I invite you to read the rest of Hal's delightful surprise post and to continue reading the insights on his blog...the post just below is a wonderful one about Rumi and quotes a poem by Coleman Barks.
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