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October 2, 2015
Every time I sit down to write a poem or blog, draw a new map for an essay, or name a folder for a another manuscript, I pay tribute to Don. He taught me about the ways that Inspiration gets her strength from Discipline.

Writing is a choice. His no nonsense take on it was, "Stop whining about how hard writing is and go sell junk bonds." He will always be with me.
October 1, 2015
June 27, 2010
My Twice Lived Life: Like listening to a wise Father. I never had one. Thank you, kind and humorous and humble sir. You were there when I needed you. I will be looking forward to ordering and studying your works of art. Because you were such a wonderful writer, you will essentially live forever.
April 26, 2010
Two years after the fact, I, too, still feel the pain of Donald M. Murray's death. When working on my doctoral dissertation (a 100-year history of "voice in Writing"), Murray allowed me to interview him on two occasions - once at a writers' conference and, the second time, in his home in New Hampshire. He was everything, and more, that I thought he would be, i.e., "wonder-full" (full of wonder) for life and the writing profession.
After our second encounter which took place in his home, I conjured up the nerve to ask him for a third interview the next morning, this time on his reasons for dropping out of high school. Murray previewed the article before I sent it to a publisher and said to me, "I learned things about myself that I never knew." The World & I out of Washington, D.C., bought the article and ran a link to it on their Home Page for eight or nine years until Murray's death in 2008. The article was there, I am sure, to attract subscriptions.
Everybody knew and loved Don. The article was entitled, "Anatomy of a High School Dropout: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Donald Murray." It's still available on the web site, but now only by subscription.
Murray gave me the confidence I needed to finish my dissertation. I read all of his books and, literally, all of his articles in the professional rhetoric journals. His advice lives on for those of us who love to write. I join the crowd of witnesses who miss him tremendously.
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