A much-needed rainstorm threatened to intrude on this year’s writing marathon at the Benedictine Retreat Center near Schuyler, Nebraska. The magic of the marathon worked its way into the day. The skies cleared to a gorgeous blue and a cool breeze urged board members to allow their pens to become their guide in this landscape.
Groups ventured out to find inspiration in places such as a welcoming monastery, the click of shoes in downtown Schuyler, a spray-painted house, and a conversation held with a monk in his newly constructed vestment workshop. Their stories translated to words into laughter and reflection filling the room as they were shared, bringing us back to the business at hand, creating and developing an ongoing community as writers.