Carmen Sterba is a poet who grew up in South Puget Sound in Western Washington. As a child she fell in love with her childhood home on American Lake with a view of Mt. Rainier. After living in Japan for most of her adult life, she returned to her hometown area. Like Candide, she saw the world and is now content to grow a garden and meditate on what is good and beautiful.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8, New International Version
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