|About the Book|
Each page of this volume is a thematic unfolding of one Elder s fascination with learning. By addressing the fragility and brevity of human lives, Fogarty deals with those who have confronted or wish to confront their mortality, especially theMoreEach page of this volume is a thematic unfolding of one Elder s fascination with learning. By addressing the fragility and brevity of human lives, Fogarty deals with those who have confronted or wish to confront their mortality, especially the nation s huge Boomer generation. The personal stories, e-mails, essays, and poetry herein reach for a higher spiritual consciousness during a time whole populations are being reshaped and often distorted by impersonal electronic media and community disintegration. What do we value and how, Fogarty asks, do we find order in the chaos of today s world to achieve the simplicity of wisdom and enlightenment Her writings suggest that the journey requires commitment, discipline, community and communication. The most difficult choice she made at 19 was to escape her small-town, Mid-western life in 1962, with her high school sweetheart. Ironically, she ran head on into a repressive male world. However, instead of seeking miracles, Fogarty chose to re-imagine herself and BE the miracle. Around 1995, she began to write poetry and had what Brian Kiteley refers to as The 3:00 a.m. Epiphany. In the early morning hours Fogarty discovered poetic metaphors to express her wrath but also beauty and wisdom emanating through the poetic language of Mother Nature. This sixth book is a culmination of her struggles and lessons learned that spoke of unfathomable splendors about our cosmic oneness. As a resident and exchange student in the 1970s Ms. Fogarty lived in and toured Canada, Brazil, Poland, Finland, Australia and New Zealand. Exposure to a rich variety of cultures provided the settings for her creative work as a writer, publisher, sculptress, painter and public speaker. 15-years-ago, after bearing a son, a hard divorce and some unpleasant love affairs, she learned how to look into her own mirror, embrace her imperfections and forgive herself. Over the past fourteen years she has received both national and international recognition for her poetry, short stories and essays, particularly in two of her books, A Crone s Crossing (2001) and Vintage Woman (2003). She holds a Bachelor s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science Degree in Education and currently resides near Albuquerque, New Mexico.