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                                                                                                                                 Photo By Eli Dagostino

"I tell myself that I must see something in the mirror besides my wrinkled veneer if I am to have any calm; that I will have to make my peace with the loss of smooth skin, and find satisfaction in the gaining of something to take its place." 

 

Peggy Freydberg

Margaret Howe Freydberg was born March 6, 1908 in Rochester, New York. At 90-years-old, Peggy was no longer able to write in long form and began writing the poems in Poems from the Pond. Desperate to continue to express herself, she described the day it occurred to her to write poetry as, "A force that had lodged in my head and demanded to come out." Peggy passed away at 107 in March 2015.  At the time, she was living in in her home on Martha’s Vineyard with her treasured cat. The wheels driving Peggy to understand herself and confront her fears continued to spin searching for answers to life’s simple and complex questions. It was essential to her longevity... that and dark chocolate, she suggested.