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Jeanne DuPrau

Jeanne DuPrau is the author of The Earth House (Ballantine). She lives in Menlo Park, California, where she writes about whatever interests her — from Zen meditation to roller derby. She is currently working on a book about love.

— From July 1999
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Old Maids

My aunt Eunice never married. I have not married either, and I think that perhaps we remained single for the same reason, though I may be wrong. Eunice never said why she hadn’t married, except in the joking way one replies to the curiosity of children.

July 1999
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Birds Of Silicon Valley

My job was to write computer training programs. But sometimes my mind wandered, and I turned to look out the window at the people in the parking lot, the cars on the street, and, especially from my sixth-floor cubicle, the birds that soared in the gulf of air between me and the ground.

November 1993
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

The Door, The Road, And The Zen Teacher

I’m ordinarily unaware that a feeling hangs like a mist around what I see and makes it look the way it does. I’m rarely aware of this because it’s always happening; I’m always looking through filters of feeling just as I’m always looking through the air. Only on rare occasions, when by chance I experience the same object in two very different ways, do I become aware of what my mind is doing.

August 1992
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