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The Pen and the Bell
Mindful Writing in a Busy World
Brenda Miller, Holly Hughes, Foreword Norman Fischer
ISBN: 9781558966536
Book (Paperback)
Skinner House Books
6 1/4 x 7
256 pages
June 1, 2012


"This isn't a book--it's a beautiful, quiet path into the deep woods of contemplative practice through the medium of the written word. Yes, reading its chapters will delight you. Yes, listening to these two wise women talk quietly about their lives and their writing process is a sweet and effortless reading experience that will make you feel as if you are sitting across from them, a cup of tea in front of you, hearing the measure and lilt of their kindly, honest, voices. But the real crux of this book/path isn't their words--it's yours." -Norman Fischer author Taking Our Places
It can be difficult to create the space for our spiritual lives in a world crowded with distractions. The Pen and the Bell is about how to achieve mindfulness and creative fulfillment in spite of long to-do lists. It's about gaining access to our deeper selves in our writing. With both meditative and writing exercises in each chapter, it will help you awaken your creative soul and find a more rewarding life.

Brenda Miller is the author of Listening Against the Stone (Skinner House Books, 2011), Blessing of the Animals, Season of the Body, and co-author of Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes and has been published in numerous journals. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review.
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Holly J. Hughes is the editor of the award-winning anthology, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease and the author of Boxing the CompassA graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s MFA program, she teaches writing at Edmonds Community College, where she co-directs the Sustainability Initiative and Convergence Writers Series. She has spent over thirty summers working on the water in Alaska in a variety of jobs, including commercial fishing for salmon, skippering a 65-foot schooner, and more recently, working as a naturalist. She divides her time between Indianola and Chimacum, Washington. (Photo credit: Isolde Pierce)
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