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A Manner of Speaking Nov/Dec '01

by Bonnie Neugebauer
November/December 2001
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They gave it a thumbs down, the other Speaking column I wrote. And perhaps it was too negative because I was writing it more for me than for you. After the tragedy, like so many other people, I put my words to work to give voice to my feelings and to help my spirit heal. Many of my writing friends and colleagues did the same, as each of us tried to share words with each other and with you to build community, to ease suffering, to share opinions and perspectives, to advocate a course of response, to help in some way, perhaps - just to do something.

This has been a time when the casual greeting, "Having a good day?" could not be answered. When people really meant it when they asked, "How are you doing?" When people paused thoughtfully to reply.

My father repeatedly shared, "I just can't find the words to say how I feel." This struggle for words that we all have shared points to our great human need for self-expression. How can we refer to what can't be named? How can we share feelings which can't be described?

I was at the Root Connection, our local community-based organic farm, picking ...

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