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    • This is a tough one, because there are so many! But, like many of you I suspect, C.S. Lewis is probably at the top of my list. His books have been both spiritual and writing inspiration for me, and his warm, steady hand of companionship along the way has guided me through many a valley. I don’t know what I would say to him other than “Thank you,” except I would surely love to have a long discussion with him about two of m favourite novels , Perelandra and The Great Divorce. As to what he would say to me…hmmm…will have to think about that…

    • The last few years I have done a small fast daily over Lent – skipping lunch. During the time when I would normally be eating, I listen to a sermon. I also have been finishing some knitted dolls that will be sent out to children facing surgery. I knit these while I listen. I also will be cutting down on social media. Last year I fasted from Facebook. This year I am going to be setting limits on “when” I reach for the phone. Specifically, I will not be looking at the phone first thing in the morning to check news, notifications, etc. I will do my daily Scripture reading, prayer, first. And I will not scroll social media after 6 PM. I am too in the habit of mindlessly scrolling. I hope to reclaim that impulse. I find Lent a good time to build the discipline of self-denial, which is something so very needed for me! Looking forward to adding these poems and reading to my daily routine.

    • Hi folks! I am Lisa Smith from the frozen north (Alberta, Canada). It really IS frozen up here at the moment, but I am eagerly looking forward to spring.

      I have a great appreciation for poetry but haven’t read enough to say I have a favourite. Except, perhaps, the Jabberwocky. Does that count? Looking forward to journeying this Lent with Malcolm Guite and the rest of you!

    • Agree with what has been said before, but my first impression on reading his exclamation was thinking he was referring to the restoration of what he thought was lost to him, and not only lost, but disdained as useful in its own right and put to “better” use, and eventually forgotten. What a great gift he was given in seeing the Tree in all its glory, not only as he had painstakingly imagined it but brought to even more fullness and detail! The Tree: his work, but more than that…fully realized. God had valued his work even though no one else did, and here it was. Oh, how that spoke to me!

    • Eep…not sure if I’m worthy of being the first to answer (*looks around nervously for the smarter people to join in*) but for myself this concept of the Gospel as being the True Tale from which all other Tales spring has been an incredibly rich one because it has helped me to remember to look for glimpses of the Gospel in all creative work. The Rabbit Room and all its contributors have been instrumental in this for me as well. It also helps me to see all of Scripture as part of that grand Story, and how all of it is, in a sense, a re-telling of that Gospel story in some form or another. It adds depth and richness to stories that sometimes are so familiar that I lose the meaning of them.

    • Hi everyone! I’m Lisa, and I live in a small town in central Alberta, Canada. My kids have flown the nest, leaving myself and my husband to rattle around in our house, looking for things to do…NOT. I support hubby the best I can in his political career and keep busy with my artistic pursuits, which at the moment is completing the third book in my historical fantasy trilogy set in 7th-century England (go to lasmithwriter.com for more info on my books). I  am SO looking forward to this discussion and to Hutchmoot in general. I’ve always wanted to go but distance and expense have made it prohibitive. I have never read Leaf by Niggle before and am so excited to explore deeper into it with you all.

    • I was debating between Buechner and Lewis but chose Lewis because he’s been “companioning” longer with me. But I was so glad to see Buechner given a nod and to read your lovely tribute. Well done!

    • It’s so delightfully serious and silly all at the same time. The music of the words always draws me in. “‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe…” Brilliant.

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