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Continuing her analysis in Berkeley, California, where Fermor taught briefly in 1956, she saw profound yet natural relationships among the realms of the meditative, spiritual, political, and psychological. During the time that Ferm worked for the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos and the Philmont Boy Scout Camp, Peggy researched and wrote The House at Otowi Bridge (1959), a memoir of Edith Warner begun after Warner’s death in 1951 and anticipated in her journal entries previous to Edith’s death.
In “Trails Over the Pajarito,” Peggy recalls: “The pine wood sooted up the grates, and I loathed cleaning them, but I loved the feel and the presence of live fire, the sound of the copper kettle simmering gently on sunny afternoons when I was alone, the children asleep. ” On the back porch, a huge icebox was filled two or three times a week in winter with ice cut from the natural water hole fondly named Ashley Pond, in honor of Peggy’s father. With no telephone, the family gathered around a record player/radio for news and entertainment, sharing particularly the Metropolitan Opera and symphonic broadcasts.
Because the journals function both chronologically and thematically, they provide insight into the origins and shaping of Church’s published work, primarily her poetry and The House at Otowi Bridge. They also act as a concordance for the key events and influences Church responded to imaginatively. They thus express the synesthetic xxxv Introduction pattern Church recognized in the influences of music or rhythm, geologic forms, and cycles of human life. In recording actual events, memory, the text and interpretation of dreams, research and notes for future essays, and metaphoric, poetic writing, the journals offer thematic statements of Church’s psychological and spiritual evolution.