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November 2015

By Lara Niedermeyer

Families seem to be one of the most effective proving grounds of mortality. Their relationships, whether complicated or relatively simple provide a never-ending supply of opportunities to fine-tune ourselves. Forgiveness, empathy, long-suffering, service, grief, joy—each is common and contained to those who have family: all of us.

Whether we’re talking about our family of origin, extended family, church family, family by marriage or family by choice, we’ve all had challenging moments and hopefully moments of delight and peace as well.

This month’s offerings contain different familial situations, and each provides us a glimpse into the heart-ache or happiness of another.

In Naomi White’s essay, “Cinderella,” she explores our childhood images of what is and is not family as she eventually wades through her own change in circumstance.

The two poems we’ve chosen to bring out from the archives this month are Merrijane Rice’s haunting “Sister,” and Elaine Rumsey Wagner’s celebration of her relationship with her grandmother, “Truth Beautiful.”

As we round the bend toward Thanksgiving here in the United States, streaking ever closer to the end of 2015, my gratitude turns toward the sisters of Segullah—those I work with behind the scenes as well as each of our readers. Thank you for being part of the Segullah family.

Lara Niedermeyer
Poetry Editor

Poems: “Sister” by Merrijane Rice, “Truth Beautiful” by Elaine Rumsey Wagner
Prose: “Cinderella” by Naomi White

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About Lara Niedermeyer

Lara Niedermeyer writes to savor and connect. Growing up in Port Townsend, Washington, she was surrounded by art in all its forms and the wild coast of the Pacific. This foundational experience and landscape continue to shape her creative choices. Raised on the poems of Carol Lynn Pearson (whose books she snuck off her mother’s shelf and hid in her suitcase when leaving home), she revels in poetry which is both mystical and plain-spoken. Joining Segullah in 2009, she previously served as Poetry Editor and on the Poetry Board. Her poems have been published in the anthology “Seasons of Change,” Segullah, and read aloud for the “Words Fall In” podcast. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, where she rents vintage dishes for events, and regularly teaches writing workshops.

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