Nancy Flinchbaugh


Mariah of the Wind

By Nancy Flinchbaugh

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Author Nancy Flinchbaugh
About The Author

Nancy Flinchbaugh

Nancy Flinchbaugh is a Christian contemplative who writes as a spiritual practice. Her books include three novels in the MAMs series Revelation in the Cave (2012) and Revelation at the Labyrinth (eLectio Publishing, 2017), and Revelation in the Roots: Emerald Isle, All Things That Matter Press, 2022) in addition to a memoir, Letters from the Earth (Higher Ground Books and Media, 2018), and Awakening: A Contemplative Primer on Learning to Sit (Higher Ground Books and Media, 2020). Her latest novel, Mariah of the Wind, was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2023.

Nancy Flinchbaugh

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A Memoir: Letters From The Earth

Experience First Pages

To put this letter in context, I felt very close to the Earth last year when we visited Seattle in the spring. Shortly after arriving, we drove north to the San Juan Islands, where we spent two nights on a small resort. The breathtaking beauty of these waterways and great forests affected my entire being.

Just a few days later, while we entertained our son and his girlfriend, who came to Ohio from Seattle for my birthday, we discussed taking a day trip. We considered various possibilities. After some deliberation, they chose the southeastern Ohio mecca of Hocking Hills, where wooded trails and limestone cliffs lure many for hiking adventures, camping, and journeys to enjoy the natural beauty throughout the year.

At the end of July, I visited Lakeside, a Chautauqua on Lake Erie, a wonderful place I’ve loved since I was a little girl. The Chautauqua movement became popular in the late 1800s. The historians tell us that people arrived by boat and camped, later building Victorian cottages to provide a place of rest and restoration in the midst of summer. They were religious gatherings but also included recreation and entertainment. Nowadays, we describe the Chautauqua as a place to nurture “mind, body, and soul.”


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