new book and an old friend in ‘more’ excerpt

HE’S LIKE A PLANET that returns into your slice of the sky from time to time in a good way: direct, forceful, and something you can’t overlook, a happy nudge to go ahead and do something already. For me, here Jonathan Ellerby comes again. When “More” magazine decided to excerpt my new book “And I Shall Have Some Peace There” in its March issue, from more than 80,000 words that contain relatively few other human characters (but lots of frogs, snakes, birds, other forces of nature, and a certain semi-wild cat), “More” selected a section that included Jonathan, a PhD in comparative religion and former hospital chaplain. Get a glimpse into his writings (and a chance to win his two books) all right here.

  1. Carol says:

    I marvel at your ability to go from the fast lane to a bed of roses.
    While it seems so easy, the thing that I worry about is getting health insurance!
    Was that a challenge for you? – CJC

  2. Louie says:

    Hi Margaret;

    What a great and inspirational article about your life and career change.
    To seek your inner peace, to find solace in solitude, to find yourself, to feel truly free and liberated, to feel “really” connected to those things which you have great love passion about, to comprehend and understand a “Daddy Long legs,”. How incredibly awesome.

    I admire and respect you for pursuing your Dreams and Passion.

    Wish you the best,


    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Louie, and thank you for your encouragement. Nature has been my constant companion here, and the greatest teacher, to be sure.

      Welcome, Carol. It was a worry, yes, and keeps going up in cost…as for everyone…but I am grateful that my Chamber of Commerce offered plans for local businesses and self-employed people such as my self, so I am able to get into their group (which helps a lot compared to buying privately). Thanks for your nice words!

      Welcome, Cindy. Sounds beautiful…and I am jealous. :) Still awhile to wait over here, to say the least!

  3. Jeanie Miley says:

    Indeed, I am inspired by nature, music, laughter, children, but often what moves me most to the altar of my keyboard is an inner nudge that something needs to be born through me. I am inspired by that hunger that can’t be fed by rush and hurry, the pain that lies in the pit of my belly, waiting to be named — by the sense of being called toward some mystery out there and being pushed from within by the need to grow. Often, I grow by writing it out, pecking out the process on my keyboard and the formless takes form, the unspoken is spoken and that which I didn’t know I knew emerges on my screen.

  4. Grace says:

    Hi Margaret,

    I am in awe of you. I have been a subscriber of MSL for 10 years (I’m in my 20’s) and I remember reading your first ever opening letter as Editor and Chief and I remember when you wrote your last letter as Editor in Chief. Bravo to you what a brave decision to hang up everything and devote yourself full time to really living. I am sure Martha is proud of you for being bold.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Grace (my niece’s name). Thank you for the memories and the positive thoughts for today, too. See you soon!

  5. Doris Dotson-Francis says:

    Can’t wait to read the article in More mag.
    I have jonquils ready to bloom, but alas it’s snowing in Georgetown, ky tonight .

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