Solitude – Not Just for Writers

Margaret Buffie is a writer-friend I’ve seen far too little of in recent years. Facebook has kept us connected to a limited degree, enough for us to appreciate that we’re both passionate about photography and nature and family and our summer places in northwestern Ontario. (Or is hers in southeastern Manitoba? I’ve been to hers and she to mine, but too long ago to remember for sure.)

Last month, Margaret posted a link to one of her most popular blog posts. I’ve rarely read anything that resonates so perfectly with how I feel about solitude and explains so well why I booked myself a little writing retreat for two weeks this month. My life is rich. I love all that fills it. But sometimes…

Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves, and where they dream. -- Roger Rosenblatt

Read Margaret’s post. Read Margaret’s books.

How do you meet the need for solitude in your life?

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janet Barclay on May 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for finding and sharing Margaret’s beautiful post! I can definitely relate to her – and your – desire for solitude. The best way for me to achieve that is to get up before anyone else, but it’s fairly time-limited and there are no guarantees that no one else will also get up early.

    • kathystinson on June 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Glad you enjoyed Margaret’s post too, Janet. I like that early-morning alone time too.

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