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The Wee Retreat in Glasgow is  launching a monthly Sunday Poetry Workshop from September. Do please sign up if you are interested. You would be very welcome. 

I am a writer. My first published poem, about love's endurance, appeared in 1972 in Messenger of Love, edited by Jamaican thinker Wildorf E Goodison-Orr.

I am a cook. I longed for spatulas and pans even before I could lift them. Food, and community with people through eating, balances writing.

I quilt. Making a whole out of fragments is something that satisfies.

I am a parent. I have parented seven children, not all of my own making.

My life has been a charmed and a blessed one. I am fortunate to be here, to have lived well and met so many people and places. I like to think that the experience of love has informed my writing, my parenting, and the meals that I share.

 

My beginnings were not so happy. I was an abandoned child of mixed heritage. One grandparent was born on the rez. Another was a descendant of the Trail of Tears. It marked them and those of us who followed. Yet I was gathered up by some extraordinary people. To them I owe the stable platform upon which all else has been built.

 

Sometimes blood has nothing to do with love at all.