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One of my favorite quotes comes from John Irving’s book, A Prayer For Owen Meany: “If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” In writing and reading, I’ve found a way of life that I love. Maybe you have, too, in writing or painting or photography or some other beautiful way of living and being. Maybe this could be a place where we can help keep each other courageous, pursuing the ways of life that we love.

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"If you're lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Shawn Smucker 

Living and writing in Lancaster, PA, with my wife and six kids. Author of The Weight of Memory and other novels. I think you should keep writing.