April 27, 2018
Leaving Door County is always hard. Leaving Write On, and the sanctuary you have created here is the most difficult yet! For thirty years, I have written from wherever I was staying during Door County summers — parts of books, columns for my newspaper, countless journals — chose sabbatical time in Door County to research and begin a book. Learning of Write On was an invitation I think I’d been waiting for all these years — and having experienced it these past two weeks — complete with the snow — I know a new dimension of my “heart home/peace place” that will sustain me until the next time.
The incredible opportunity to have both time and lovely space to create has allowed me to create three major drafts. An added gift has been sharing the time and space with my soul-sister who brings her own Door County history. As I sit in the early morning looking across the backyard, I know I will hold so many moments in my heart — the people I’ve met, the vision that is evolving here, the opportunity to share Talking Together, the evening of Japanese haiku, reading our day’s work to each other, deep sleep, and the anticipation of each precious day. Thank you Jerod, Jamie, Anne, Vinni, and all whose vision, passion, and hard work have made this possible. Blessings on this place and all who come here. I cannot wait to return.
Kay Collier McLaughlin (Carlisle, KY)
Nonfiction writer, author of Talking Together