[Mdl] quote from MDL annual meeting
Ewing, M Keith
kewing at stcloudstate.edu
Fri Jun 11 16:59:30 CDT 2010
"It's knowing who your parents are that counts, and your parent's parents and your parent's parent's parents, for the more heritage we can produce the more secure we feel, the more and older the snapshots, and portraits and silhouettes, objects, candle molds, wooden churns, brass tea kettles, locaks of hair, faded letters coming apart at the fold, valentines and pressed flowers. A name without a knowledge of those who gave it to us, the tilt of nose, the ring of voices, is hollow..."
--Savage, Thomas (1977). The Sheep Queen. (Originally published under the title I Heard My Sister Speak My Name.)
[Thomas Savage, who also wrote Power of the Dog and Corner of Rife and Pacific, wrote epic family sagas that take place in Montana and Idaho; he lived in Maine. In comparison to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose, for example), Savage remains disappointingly unknown. The quote immediately reminded me of one aspect of the MDL--making the past (and present) more accessible to the present (and future).]
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