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    • Jessica Smith
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      @godseesaharvestworker

      My name is Jessica, and I am a warrior poet. At least, that is what a friend named me some years ago, and it seems to have stuck. I love writing (poems and other things), but it is a constant battle that has had some quite intense moments. The Lord has graciously brought me this far, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this conversation might bring more courage and strength to me and others.


    • Jessica Smith
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      @godseesaharvestworker

      Greetings from Southern Oregon! My first taste of MacDonald was The Princess and the Goblin/The Princess and Curdie, followed by The Fisherman’s Lady/The Marquis’ Secret. My sister found The Golden Key, The Lost Princess, and The Light Princess not quite to her own taste and gave them to me; I enjoyed them more than she did, particularly the latter. At the Back of the North Wind especially made me wish I had my own children to read to, but I contented myself with sharing the best snatches with my grandma. This is my first foray into Phantastes, which I had been wanting to explore (but had been forewarned it would be daunting). I’m very much enjoying the experience with all you wonderful guides and fellow travelers!


    • Jessica Smith
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      @godseesaharvestworker

      To me, Anodos exemplifies curiosity. He believes in the faerie world and has a desire to get into it, and “takes everything as it comes” when he does. His questions seem not so much for the sake of gathering knowledge and mastery but because he wants to experience more of the wonders he sees. He is fascinated with the flower fairies and glowworms even though he cannot understand them. In spite of being warned, he is eager to explore at night, “to see all that is to be seen” no matter the risk, and even throws himself under the frightening shadow to see the thing that casts it. This curiosity, with or without fear, is what allows Anodos to give up “trying to account for things” and simply experience the faerie world for what it is.


    • Jessica Smith
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      @godseesaharvestworker

      I hear you, Heather. It took chronic illness for me to grapple with my own false sense of identity, and I know how hard a road to walk both those struggles can be.

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