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  1. Carmen Waterman
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    I shall forever be grateful to Janet Frame for being there, with her story to tell, and her inspiration and hope that helped you to find your own voice, your own truth and the will to go on. The way you share your experiences, the depth of feelings and what you have overcome you are like a beacon of hope for others. Just as Janet was your mentor, you too are mentor to many, and help to make a difference in this world. Keep writing and always know that you are worthy and loved unconditionally and for all times.

    You are my life and make living a dream come true.

    • Jane
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      I had always hoped to meet Janet – alas it didn't happen, and she likely would have disliked the way I admired her – she was one who liked to keep to herself. I am still extremely grateful for her writing, including the posthumous writing, which is as good as what she released in her life. From that, I can take the message that often we can sit on things too long, without trusting our own voice.

      Thank you, Sweetie. Love you.

  2. Annette McKinnon (@a
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    Your post is my first introduction to Janet Frame. I clicked on the link and read the brief biography. What a productive life she had. I think that meaningful writing that serves as a beacon to others is an extraordinary ability and it saved her and you too.

    My solution to horrible stress at one point in my life was to consider how to murder one of two people. But in real life and in fiction that seldom works out well.

    I think that others who read your post may be inspired at the very least to read the books you recommend and in that way they will also receive help

    • Jane
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      The biography by Michael King is a fascinating look at her life, but might be too much information for the casual reader. However, it did underline for me how much she did achieve, especially with challenges – she had many physical challenges later in her life. I agree that meaningful writing can be extremely helpful as a guidepost. I really believe her example encouraged me at a time when I had very little encouragement. Even if she maintains that she was never mentally ill, her explorations of what it meant rang true to me, and helped me to feel more normal at a very difficult time.

      I'm certainly glad you didn't resort to your solution, but I think most of us at one point certainly have little daydreams about people who have damaged or hurt us in some way. I'd have to say my over-arching desire was always to get as far away from them as possible! Thanks for commenting, hon.

  3. Storeylines
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    Beautifully written, Jane, and I am so glad Janet was there for you when you most needed her And I'm going to look for her books! Thank you!

    • blackbirdatnight
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      Thank you, hon! I'm sure you will enjoy her writing! I know it seems different to many people, but it speaks so intimately to me.


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