Submitted by Glen Aaron on February 25, 2013

nullI recently traveled to Marfa to interview the author, potter Marie Blazek, before she left on a trip taking a truck down the Baja.

She has published her book, Let Go Of The Rope, a memoir, in part, but also an experiential observation of life and death. In Marie’s metaphor, the rope is one’s life, and to create a rope there must be threads. She lists “fear, recklessness, self-doubt, I-and-other, authority issues, parental love, frigidity, and leaving-is-what-I-do-best,” as threads of the weave of her life.

The threads become identifiable cords when she, with introspective searching, comes to recognize them. First, having lived the repetitive tsunami of life, the questioning begins:

“Why did an apparently intelligent woman marry two men who didn’t feel compelled to take care of her or her children?”

“Why did she enter a profession that wouldn’t pay the bills when she had prepared for years, academically, to undertake a career?”

“Why did she give birth to three sons in rapid succession and end up in a bad position with very little hope for a secure future?”

The questioning produces self-doubt. Was it the cord of recklessness that brought these experiences to be? Was it the “determination cord” that brought her through? Marie often referred to herself as “the little Tugboat,” pulling herself through gender wars of love affairs, marriages, and the painful happenings of children born and child lost.

One may ask, why should I read the “Les Mis” of another? I have my own. The reason is simple. To know that you are not alone. To know that someone else has been there, made the same mistakes, weaved a rope similar to yours. To know that the search for meaning is a common life search for all of us.

Marie finally found peace, acceptance, and understanding living in the small city of Tepoztlan (“Tepoz”), nestled in a fertile basin in Mexico, surrounded by volcanic mountains. The community was peaceful, the people friendly and accepting.

For the last quarter of the book, Marie returns to her home in Marfa, where she writes and continues her profession as an accomplished, master potter. She makes interesting comparisons between life in Tepoz and that in Marfa. Marfa has evolved into the most unique, eclectic town in America, and Marie not only has her finger on its pulse but gives a descriptive insight on what it’s like to live there.

Marie Blazek’s book, Let Go Of The Rope, can be purchased on Amazon. I bought my copy at Front Street Books, an independent bookseller serving Alpine and Marathon, Texas, and the Big Bend area.

If you buy Let Go Of The Rope at Front Street Books, Marie makes sure you receive a bookmark with the following:

“May all sentient beings have happiness and its causes; May they be free of suffering and its causes; May they never be separated from the highest bliss without suffering; May they dwell in equanimity, free of passion, aggression, and prejudice.”

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