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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Introduction

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

I must have been a lonely child. As the sole offspring of a military officer who was often away at war (among other classified activities) and his adoring military officer’s wife, I spent my childhood in a lot of places. So many different places—from Georgia to Germany, Oklahoma to Ohio, and so on—that I cannot recall them all, much less answer those Internet security questions like “What street did you grow up on?” and “Who was your third-grade teacher?” My childhood memories are a blur of Army bases, foreign countries, and Mayflower moving vans.

I once heard actor Swoosie Kurtz—also a military brat and an only child—describe ...

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