Since retirement from teaching, my life is encompassed by writing...River Heron Review, AWA Workshops, and my own writing and poetry. "Encompassed." Like the root "compass" from c. 1300, meaning "space, area, extent, circumference," my time is bounded by writing - reading the works of others, writing poems, and facilitating others' writing. Prior to retirement, I frequently referred to Henry David Thoreau's musings on why he left Walden. "I have other lives to live" became my raison d'être. The other, possible lives I might live, though I was not certain what lives those might be, provided the impetus to leave my classroom and journey on. And this journey led to a life immersed in writing.