Digital art by Christine Sloan Stoddard
I prefer beaches when they are empty. I hear the ocean's song better when I'm alone. Solitude lets me imagine the many lives the sea and shore have lived. I can't possibly know all of them. I barely recall all of the lives I have lived. Sometimes I try to remember, as a way of learning and honoring, but that is a daunting task. I'm not sure of all I've been, let alone all I will be. I try to imagine all my mother was, all my grandmothers were, all that all of my ancestors were. I cannot know. I only know that we all share water in common. Water lives inside all of us humans. We drink water and we use water, but we do not truly understand it. The water spirit is a near yet distant beast.
~ Christine Sloan Stoddard
Christine Sloan Stoddard is a writer, artist, and the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine. She is also a Puffin Foundation grantee, Artbridge competition winner, Library of Virginia REMIX "People's Choice" artist, former Annmarie Sculpture Garden visiting artist, and current City College of New York Connor Art Fellow. She has written books for Dancing Girl Press, Another New Calligraphy, Maverick Duck Press, The History Press, and other publishers.