Why The Wolf Listened To St. Francis #ThrowbackThursday

St. Francis and WolfSo about 2004, I won a week’s residency at The Mary Anderson Center at Mt. St. Francis, where I worked on stitching the dismembered bits of various rewrites of SAGE into a more-or-less coherent whole. While there, I took this picture of a statue they have there, which struck me as the funniest thing I’d ever seen.

Yes, I do have friends, actually.

I also took this picture:Mandala

which I used on the cover of Turtle Feathers.

turtlefeathers7cA most productive interlude. Plus: funny picture!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Go out and find something unexpected to take a picture of, or something that looks different close up than far away.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Why The Wolf Listened To St. Francis #ThrowbackThursday

  1. Jane

    August 13, 2015 at 8:58am

    Great pix!

    Great cover reveal!

    I’ve just been trying to lure my outdoor cats up to the house to eat breakfast. They came surprisingly close. Considering that two men were hanging out of the nextdoor neighbor’s near window doing a tear-out for a window replacement. !!!! They started at 8:00 am. It takes an amazing amount of racket to replace a window. (fun fact)

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  2. Pat Garcia

    August 15, 2015 at 7:06am

    I like the pics especially the one with the wolf sitting before the monk. A week away only to concentrate on writing is something special. It reinvigorates the creativity.


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      Marian Allen

      August 15, 2015 at 10:00am

      Pat, they tell me the monk is St. Francis, who supposedly preached to a wolf and kept it from devouring a town. Nobody else seems to see the humor of his missing his fingers, which I maintain is what would probably happen to somebody who tries to preach to a hungry wolf.

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