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Top Drawer News — The nature of belonging

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The month of April celebrates both poetry and nature, which makes sense to those of us living in Carpenter Country, since we think the two belong together. To us, the little lizard we discovered in our azalea garden, camouflaged against the bark, is a poem in living, breathing motion.

Human nature leads us to yearn for belonging too. Perhaps you ponder the same questions as we do in this week’s book bubble.

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Or maybe you think of the poem, My Inner Life, by Robert William Service–

But inly I am richer far
Than any poet’s dream.

and how the poem relates to belonging–

By virtue of my inner life
I to myself belong.


This week’s story behind the story over on Top Drawer Ink also embraces the concepts of belonging and nature. Artist Elle Smith writes about what led her to create a coloring book that allows readers to symbolically color back into significance ten animals who are in danger of disappearing from the planet.


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What does belonging mean to you?



***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at