More About Merle
grew up listening to stories, poetry, and music, and began to write short
stories, poetry, and plays in the third grade. She has been committed to
the music and magic of the spoken and printed word ever since. Her
favorite writers are Louisa May Alcott, Jorge Luis Borges, Fyodor Dostoevsky,
Par Lägerkvist, Anne Tyler, Les Von Losberg, and W.B. Yeats. Her favorite
filmmakers are Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, and Akira Kurosawa. She
loves music -- Schubert, Schumann, and Wolf lieder; medieval, Renaissance, and
classical Western European music; Celtic and British Isles traditional music;
American blues and Appalachian folk music, and much more -- and plays simple
folk instruments -- dulcimer, penny whistle, Celtic folk harp, American Indian
plains flute, bowed psaltery -- and a bit of keyboard.
Merle is grateful to her family, friends, colleagues, and the many people who have helped her learn and grow. She has attended seminars conducted by Robert Jokel and Lawrence LeShan, and continues to study with Robert Jokel. She is grateful for the years she has spent on the Blue Planet in this remote corner of the ever expanding cosmos.