A 1983 copy of West With the Night is one of only a few books to survive almost 40 years of moving and purging many bookshelves. In my 20s Beryl inspired me to hurl myself into every adventure and danger be damned. In my 60s she gave me the confidence to write my stories as a memoir. and, like Hemmingway, I built my own pigpen.

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Mernie Buchanan

Mernie paints and writes in Woodstock NY. All images are her original art & photos, with more at www.mernie.com