remembering mary oliver

In her 2016 book of essays, Upstream, Mary Oliver wrote about her Great Ones - writers of the past whose philosophies and ideas guided her own experience of the world. “With them I live my life,” she wrote; “with them I enter the event, mold the meditation, keep if I can some essence of the hour, even as it slips away.” Oliver’s Great Ones included Wordsworth, Shelley, Emerson, and Thoreau, to name a few. “My great ones will be different from your great ones,” she advised. I smile as I recognize that of all my Great Ones, Mary herself tops the list.

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