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The gift of a sweater can’t change a life. Books can.

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When I graduated from high school here in northern Colorado, family friends gave me Gretel Ehrlich’s “The Solace of Open Spaces” because I was going to the University of Wyoming, and the book is iconically Wyoming, and, indeed, Ehrlich has been called “the Whitman of Wyoming.”  

I didn’t read it. I lied and said I did, but I didn’t.

That was three decades ago. But I still have it, and I know it changed my life. I’d gone from a book-a-day kiddo to a young woman who didn’t read much in high school, despite my professed love of books. To this day, I don’t know what was going on, except that my brain was flooded with boy obsession and/or I was simply suffering from the brain dysfunction caused by being a teen. 

I can’t remember what exactly…

Laura Pritchett

2023-12-10 02:05:00

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