-Rainer Maria Rilke
|Peter Fagan-16th Vermont Infantry-Grand Army of the Republic|
|Bridget Hickey Dunn|
|Margaret Conlon Fagan|
|Patrick Fagan in Civil War uniform|
|The Mother Hole-West Rutland Vermont 2012|
|The Thinking Place-Peacham Vermont 2014-2015|
More recently I fashioned a womb-like stick hut in the field outside my window. I cleared, I dug, I sawed, and wove the branches into a quiet thinking place. My friend Cynther added the leafy boughs.
Today the burrow is filled in, and the hut dismantled and rearranged into a pile of branches that has been home to hummingbirds, white throated sparrow and the ubiquitous, resourceful ground hogs.
I feel the wind in my thinning hair. I walk and walk and walk my gnarly feet across the dark brown earth. I turned 70 last week.