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Virtual Oases, February 18

I also became very interested in the idea of “staying” as a theme in serious literature. So much of the literature I was reading and critiquing in school had to do with leaving—especially when it came to relationships. And I understand why. Leaving is the archetypal launching pad for most good plots, whether it’s leaving the country to go to on an adventure or leaving your husband to take up with a younger man. But I knew there had to be a lot of great drama and conflict in the act of staying, too, because I saw all sorts of drama around me, and most of that drama had to do with the act of staying, of being committed, of pushing through darkness toward hope.


Deborah is K-12 educator who nurtures a healthy interest in reading, writing, running, ethics, mystics, and interfaith dialogue.

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4 Responses

  1. Janna says:

    I am very excited to explore the YW blog. We are really searching for new ways to enrich the spiritual lives of our girls. Thank you!

  2. Angela Hallstrom says:

    Deborah, thank you for the mention of my novel. I thanked you on the Segullah blog, but thought I’d do so here, too. Also, if any Exponent II readers who live in the SL/Provo area are interested in reading the book for their book club, I would be happy to come to book club meetings and answer questions or talk about the novel. You can contact me via my website, http://www.angelahallstrom.com. Thanks again, Deborah!

  3. Angela Hallstrom says:

    Now that I read that back, I hope it doesn’t come off like I’m trying to sell something here. I mainly wanted to let people know that I’m interested in book clubs. The book is available in the SL City and SL County library systems, and if every single person in the book club checks the book out, I’d still love to come to your book club!

  4. Deborah says:

    You are very welcome.

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