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I celebrated Epiphany by visiting the Rancho Palos Verdes Peninsula — watching birds by the coast and whales in the water spouting and turning up their flukes — with my dear pregnant friend Vivian (the lively one, the one-full-of-life!). On my flight back from Los Angeles, I started reading Traveling with Pomegranates. It’s a travel memoir by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor, unified by images and ideas drawn from the myth of Demeter and Persephone. It’s as beautiful and astonishing and meaningful as Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees, and provides some explanation for how the author came to write that powerful story. More specifically, the memoir meditates on the changes in a woman’s life that unfold as she grows older. As part of this meditation, the authors include four lines from a poem by May Sarton, “When a Woman Feels Alone“:

Old Woman I meet you deep inside myself–

there in the rootbed of fertility,

world without end, as the legend tells it.

Under the words you are my silence.

I found the poem, and the book I discovered it in, precious and valuable. Maybe you will, too.

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