The Quotidian, August 15, 2010 ~ Our Real Work

“It may be when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.” ~ Wendell Berry (Born August 5, 1934)

[I would like to thank my friend Rachel T. for sharing this quote from Berry late last year (November 2009). From Berry’s poem “The Real Work.” Verified through use of, accessed August 14, 2010].

Wendell Berry is an American farmer and activist, poet, essayist, and writer of novels and short stories.

“In 1958, [Berry] attended Stanford University’s creative writing program as a Wallace Stegner Fellow, studying under Stegner in a seminar that included Edward Abbey, Larry McMurtry, Robert Stone, Ernest Gaines, Tillie Olsen, and Ken Kesey.” WOW! [Source: the quote immediately above this, dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed August 14, 2010].

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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