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Solitude, Silence ---

I have just returned from nearly three days of complete solitude and silence in a small hermitage at Loretto Maryholme Retreat Centre on the shore of Lake Simcoe, ON. I found the autumn months so emotionally and time-demanding that the silent solitude drew me like a strong magnet, a necessity as strong as food in the face of hunger.

From the first moment I brought in my things - clothes, food, books - from the car, I felt as if the air itself took a deep breath, and I expanded into it. I slept ten hours each night. I watched the coming darkness. I walked in snow among trees shining with icy coatings and lengthening sun.

After the first few hours of relief, I felt the predictable contractions - the "must do's, should do's, what do I need to get done while here, " etc. They approached like masked bandits. I stopped and acknowledged them, recognized them. And did not obey them, at least not most of the time. It was a very strange feeling, yet - I saw - a healthy one. And one that I must continue to practice while at home - that is my great blessing, my turning point moment in these days away.

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18.10 | 18:29

Thanks, Mike...so glad you found it here. I think it's remarkable. Holly's grandmother is one of my long and close friends; it was she who sent it.

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18.10 | 17:38

Thanks for posting this. I heard it read from Abbey Theatre in their "Dear Ireland" and was hoping that I would find it on the web. I thought it stole the show.

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03.03 | 17:19

Laurie...I might have my copy and will look for it. Otherwise...order from Amazon.
It is beyond inspiring. I will let you know. It's on kindle too.

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Hi Brenda, I would like to read The Choice. Where would I find a copy?

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