"Never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." - John Donne
Photo 2013 Ruth Hochman pictured with Valerie Hemingway, Author of Running with the Bulls.
"We're all bitched from the start. When you get the damn pain use it. Be as faithful to it as a scientist." - Ernest Hemingway
In 1995, the year I started writing seriously, I came across some of the ideas and quotes of Ernest Hemingway. His 1940 novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls was titled after a famous line from a poem by John Donne: never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. Then, eighteen years later, I had occasion to meet his former daughter-in-law pictured in the photo. We just never know the way life will go or who will we meet and when. Different people inspire us for different reasons at different times. Life is an interesting thing. Live your best life.
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