Just like most of us, I suppose, I am trying hard to figure out this thing called a human life.  I want to learn as much as I can, do as little damage as possible, and find joy and love and truth in the faces of loved ones and strangers.

And I want to tell our stories. The strange, sad, achingly dark and miraculously bright  stories that define you, and me, and everyone else who breathes in this planet’s air.

You can read one of those stories I wrote that was published by Gravel Lit Magazine here: http://www.gravelmag.com/jamie-barker.html

Thank you to the hundreds of authors I have read over the years. You have inspired and shaped me.

“Then the writing became so fluid that I sometimes felt as if I were writing for the sheer pleasure of telling a story, which may be the human condition that most resembles levitation.” –Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, must be extraordinary. What we must do is love without getting tired.”   –Mother Teresa

“A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias…it is the Self escaping into the open.”

“Sometimes a writer, like an acrobat, must try a trick that is too much for him.”

All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular.”

–E.B. White

“In such stories when the sudden turn comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart’s desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

“I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.” –Anne Lamott


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