Friends: Voices On The Gift Of Companionship Kindle Edition
- Celebrate and clarify the value of friendships.
- Honor those who have helped you through life's challenges.
- Acknowledge the profound value of the big friend, the one who moved through life's phases with you.
- Recognize the importance of the friends who have served as witness to your growth and change.
- Remember the friends you lost along the way but who brought you and still bring you joy.
- Learn the value of a friendship that changes.
- Accept the times no one stood with you.
- Consider the meaning of the memories no one ever speaks of.
- Navigate the mostly virtual friendships.
- Thank the teachers and the givers.
- Say good-by because it's time or because you have no other choice.
- Navigate relationships when paths diverge.
- Thank a friend, by sharing these stories.
thoroughly enjoyable and heartfelt read! This is an invaluable book for anyone
seeking insight and comprehension of the convoluted and often misunderstood
road we travel known as friendship. A definite 5-star rating!"
--International Review of Books
"Friends: Voices on the Gift of Companionship will take you through the full spectrum of what it means to call someone friend. It's the book you reach for when you need to feel connected to humanity." --Skye McDonald author of the Anti-Belle series
"The authors in this anthology come from a wide range of backgrounds, and share their stories of friendship with convincing, if often difficult, passages. ...We may still regard the gifts of shared histories as nourishment to sustain us." --Carol Barrett, Ph.D. Coordinator, Creative Writing Certificate Program, Union Institute & University; author of Calling in the Bones and Pansies.
"As the stories evolve, readers will relish the personal tones, touches, and explorations that consider the nature of friendship, its gifts and resiliency, and its lasting impact on all. ...an outstanding key to understanding how relationships evolve, change, pass, and often come full circle to become even more valued as the years go by." -- D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
From the Author
Many thanks to the esteemed contributors of Friends: Voices On The Gift of Companionship Leah Angstman, Laura Austin, Elan Barnehama, Mara Buck, Terri Elders, Tak Erzinger, Natalie Esarey, Janet Garber, Kathleen Gerard, Pat Hale, Myles Hopper, Rich H. Kenney Jr, Nancy London, Steve Luebke, Lee Melahn, Julia Anne Miller, Joanne Passet, Adrienne Pine, Betsy Robinson, Patty Somlo, Chris Wiewiora, Tamra Wilson, and P.F. Witte.
About the Author
Lou Jenkins BSN MFA is the award-winning writer of Every Natural Fact
and more. She's published hundreds of essays in literary magazines,
anthologies, magazines, newspapers, and online venues. Winner of the Wisconsin
Council of Writers Nonfiction Award, Jade Ring, US Best Books. Midwest
Connections, Mesa Refuge Environmental Writing Fellowship, and more. She's
taught Writing at Carroll University, U of Iowa Nonfiction Now, Milwaukee Area
Tech College, U of Madison Write by the Lake, and dozens of more venues.
Praise for Amy Lou Jenkins
Any reader drawn to the outdoors will cherish Every Natural Fact and its author's sensual intelligence potted in the fertile soil of a boundless curiosity for the world. Amy Lou Jenkins is the Anna Quindlen of the north woods, the Rachel Carson of the good land of Wisconsin, bequeathing to her son and to all of us an indestructible sense of wonder." - Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in The Islands and The Immaculate Invasion
Braiding together history, memoir, gentle parenting guidance, and superb nature writingJenkins' prose illuminates the details of ordinary life.-Susan Cheever, author of American Bloomsbury
Wisconsin's wild areas become the world in extraordinary debut by Amy Lou Jenkins'. Every Natural Fact is nothing less than sensational. -By Pamela Miller, Minneapolis Star Tribune
If you combined the lyricism of Annie Dillard, the vision of Aldo Leopold, and the gentle but tough-minded optimism of Frank McCourt, you might come close to Amy Lou Jenkins, a writer who obliterates the distinction between regional writing and actual, honest-to-god writing. I, for one, would follow her anywhere.-Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things
"Sentence by sentence a joy to read."- Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of The Personal Essay