by Tom Swift

One of [Natalie] Goldberg’s writing mantras is that the secret of writing is this: Write. And in this book (The Great Spring), likewise, the discovered secret to life, even in the face of inevitable death, is to live.

“There is no cure for human life, except to live it, being willing to rip off blinders as we go and let the light in,” she says. And the practice of writing? It is “a training in waking up.”

-Michiela Thuman, “‘Zigzag Life’ is Rich with Writing, Zen, Revelation,” Star Tribune, 6-12-2016