Harper Lee HUZZAH!

Harper Lee and Truman Capote
I just read this article. I am so excited for Harper Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, Wendell Berry and Meryl Streep--among others--who are set to receive the National Medal of Art!

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
~ Harper Lee,  To Kill a Mockingbird

      “If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates

Harper Lee and hottie Gregory Peck
(Peck played Atticus Finch,
movie verion of To Kill a Mockingbird)

"When despair for the world grows in me, and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be -- I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought or grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” ~ Wendell Berry

"I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me." ~ Meryl Streep

Pics found here and here.

Also, Massachusetts' Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is also scheduled to receive an award!


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