Reviews for Lewis & Clark College
Kim Stafford, with Joanne Mulcahy, by supporting the highest of writing goals in The NW Writing Institute, gave me and fellow students a target for drawing up all our culture offered in order to add to it our personal experiences and perceptions. Now, in seeking to continue that beginning, as one considering my vintage years, I believe the expressions I choose to share, and leave as a legacy, can have valuable impacts upon future generations. As we age, the wisdom of the past becomes of immense importance. How do we translate all we lived and learned into an inheritance for those following? It is because we learn as we live, if we choose to continue to stretch and grow, that we may offer those younger the `Shards and Songlines` of our path-building. We may come to value -- more than when we lived it -- trails we doubled-back on; not just to re-do mistaken choices, but to re-evaluate those we may have chastised ourselves for living as we did, later coming to appreciate they added wealth to our perceptions in writing next chapters. I wrote `The Year The Horses Rolled Up Hill,` in this program. Later, a fellow student visited my home in the Columbia River Gorge; checking on the hill and the horses, she may have needed to verify all I wrote made possible all I accomplished, because of those horses` vitality and Springtime exuberance. Life plays with us. How fortunate if we come to realize that there are formal opportunities to find ourselves, when we play back.
Courses such as oral folk communication, tableau studies and personal documentation of meaningful lessons, gave classes opportunities to share wisdom from far-off cultures, and comparisons with ours.
Returning to school as adults with family responsibilities, it became possible to enjoy the best of undergraduate camaraderie with the serious goals of graduate-level scholars; a privilege we relished, although these terms at the graduate level centered our work and focus less on the social life of undergraduates and more on the collegial interactions of scholars renewing their commitment to growth they could tailor under wisely determined programs. Because the design of Lewis & Clark College draws one`s awareness to the beauties of the Oregon outdoors, because the landscape and architecture support an expansive concept of all a visitor or student can appreciate from her first time on campus, I found the experience of times spent there full of promise and fulfillment. It was exhilarating just being there; even more so, the classwork and interactions with scholarship in professors, leaders and fellows, stimulated my own desire to do my best thinking and writing.
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