“Strictly speaking, this isn’t a book—it’s a beautiful, quiet path into the deep woods of contemplative practice through the medium of the written word.”
– Norman Fischer, from the Foreword to The Pen and the Bell
“The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World is a needed reminder that to be fully alive and alert is a prerequisite to writing well. Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes are the perfect guides for helping us all slow down and see the world around us. What a wise, warm, wonderful book!”
– Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer
“Some writers steer clear of the writing-workshop world; others benefit. Even the former, however, might find “Pen and Bell” an aid to picking up traction in the face of a blank page or computer screen, a challenge poet and teacher William Stafford likened to trying to start a car on ice.
Hughes and Miller are smart, companionable and focused lantern bearers as they lead the reader through 20 chapters that capture the different hours (or seasons) of life, from “Sitting Down and Waking Up,” to “On Gratitude,” to “Befriending Solitude and Grief.”
-Mike Dillon, Bookbeat page at Seattle City Living