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About Lisa Ellison Cooper
Lisa Ellison is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She teaches courses in memoir, creative nonfiction, mindful writing, and storytelling. Her work and life story are forthcoming or have appeared on NPR’s With Good Reason, and in The New Guard Review, The Kenyon Review, Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Guardian, and Streetlight, among others.
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Dana (pronounced “DAH-nuh”), noun. Sanskrit, Pali, roughly “gift, alms, donation”; voluntary giving of materials, energy, or wisdom (dharma) to others; generosity; regarded as one of the most important Buddhist virtues. I grew up during the 1980s recession that...
In early October, my father experienced a medical emergency that sent me to Upstate New York. During his recovery, I spent three weeks in my childhood hometown. During hospital visits and errands, I listened to the conversations around me—not just what was said, but...
This personal essay was a finalist in the Hippocampus Literary Magazine's Remember In November Contest “Without smoke, you can’t see the light.” My husband Alex said this to me while explaining why professional tours use fog machines in their light shows. The...