This newspaper clipping from 1977 and my letter to the editor introduce Lavina's Gift, a narrative project that continues to evolve. Seven months before I read this article in my morning newspaper Lavina's daily ritual had sustained me.
I wrote the letter to record my gratitude to this woman whose face I'd never seen and whose name I learned only from this story. After my letter was published I began what became a 40 year project.
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