Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ursula K. LeGuin

Marian Wood Kolisch/

I just heard that Ursula K. LeGuin died.


More than any other single writer or sole voice, she has been my guide through in so many ways, beginning with coming to Taoism through her interpretation of the Tao Te Ching and continuing through her latest work, No Time to Spare. I first read her work in my early adulthood, finding her through the Earthsea ​​​​​​​trilogy, as so many did. In my case I came to it after looking for a grown up version of A Wrinkle in Time. By the time I got to her essays and the Tao, she had become a meaningful presence in the navigation of my daily world. She enriched me and her words enabled me to live a life of increased meaning, deepening my understanding of the Spirit and my Self. The lessons she revealed in print have allowed me a place from which to view myself as whole, and from there to be able to navigate the broken path that I walk each day.

Fare the well, my dear. You will be deeply and powerfully missed.