A Busy Child is a Happy Child

November 4, 2013

Yesterday, at the request of my old friend, Mark Alter, I gave a talk about Alice and me at Wy’east, a Unitarian congregation that meets in northeast Portland.

Later in the day, at a poetry reading, two regular Alice followers (thank you, Nikki and Jerene) suggested it might be a good idea to share a copy of that talk on this blog because the piece provides some context for my lifelong relationship with Alice. By going back into our history, it answers questions even regular readers may have. I hope this piece of writing will provide some perspective on our relationship today. I decided to do it as an “About” page.

If interested, you can find “A Busy Child is a Happy Child” here, or click “About My Relationship with Alice” on the right hand navigation bar any time.

Thanks, as always, for your interest in Alice, and thank you Wy’east congregants for your warm reception yesterday.

6 Responses to “A Busy Child is a Happy Child”

  1. Priscilla Sapienza Says:

    My heart overflows.


  2. Elizabeth Says:

    I left a comment on the post itself, but Andrea — I was just overcome by it.


  3. Charles Says:

    Reading your story on a lazy afternoon in Madrid, Andrea.
    Wonderfully written!


  4. What a lyrical and moving piece, Andrea – a kind of “greatest hits” from the blog but beautifully woven into a different narrative, a whole greater than any of its already remarkable parts.


  5. Cheryl Says:

    I need some time that I do not have right now to read the link. But I am already moved that you would be so generous, authentic, loving and bold as to share it. But of course you would be.


  6. malexreed Says:

    Andrea, I’m a Wy’east congregant (I was the bearded twenty-something crying in the front row during your talk.) Your storytelling and way of bringing us into your and especially your Mom’s world was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us. You have inspired me to commit to calling my 90-year-old Grandma in Maryland every week.

    I hope you consider publishing a book of your writing on this blog. It would be lovely for more people to have the opportunity to hear these stories.


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