All posts by Eileen Beha

Pat Schaffer riding a horse in Mongolia

Milking the Mares

Not far from the round white felt house called a ger, the family had strung a line between two posts. About ten horses were tethered there. “Would you like to help with milking the mares?” the chief justice asked me.


Loretta Ellsworth

Traveling to Poland

Eleven years ago I traveled to Poland for the marriage of my son to his Polish fiancée. It was my first experience abroad, and one that has stood out in my mind in the years since.


Red Star Balloon

A Personal Reflection on New Year’s Eve Day

It is the last day of 2017, the eve of a new year. I’ve taken the ornaments off our Christmas tree and laid them out on a black and white wool blanket on the cocktail table. For the first time, I took a picture of the complete collection before individually wrapping and storing them in… Read More


Stephanie Watson

Hermitage House in St. Joseph, Minnesota

I have invited several of my writing colleagues to share an essay in answer to this prompt: “What lingers in your memory about a specific place, perhaps a recent vacation or a place you’ve lived? How did this place, or your travels, influence your creative process?” Author Stephanie Watson shares a special retreat for thinking and… Read More


The Moss Forest of Yakashima Island

I have invited several of my writing colleagues to share an essay in answer to this prompt: “What lingers in your memory about a specific place, perhaps a recent vacation or a place you’ve lived? How did this place, or your travels, influence your creative process?” Caren Stelson has been to Japan many times for research… Read More


Tracy Nelson Maurrer

Experiencing Scotland

I have invited several of my writing colleagues to share an essay in answer to this prompt: “What lingers in your memory about a specific place, perhaps a recent vacation or a place you’ve lived? How did this place, or your travels, influence your creative process?” Tracy Nelson Maurer shares the memories of a recent and… Read More


Susan M. Latta

Up North

I have invited several of my writing colleagues to share an essay in answer to this prompt: “What lingers in your memory about a specific place, perhaps a recent vacation or a place you’ve lived? How did this place, or your travels, influence your creative process?” Author Susan M. Latta expresses so well the sense of… Read More


Mary Losure

This scene is real.

I have invited several of my writing colleagues to share an essay in answer to this prompt: “What lingers in your memory about a specific place, perhaps a recent vacation or a place you’ve lived? How did this place, or your travels, influence your creative process?” Nonfiction author Mary Losure paints a true-to-life scene with her… Read More


One Hundred Graces

The Peace of Wild Things

On this Thanksgiving Day, 2017, I wish you good food, friends and family; gratitude and grace; and “The Peace of Wild Things,” a poem by Wendell Berry, taken from One Hundred Graces. My husband always reads a selection from this collection at the start of each holiday meal that our family is blessed to share… Read More


Maggie Moris

Look Again

I have invited several of my writing colleagues to share an essay in answer to this prompt: “What lingers in your memory about a specific place, perhaps a recent vacation or a place you’ve lived? How did this place, or your travels, influence your creative process?” Writer Maggie Moris shares this essay. One blustery afternoon, several… Read More