Author Archives: Madeleine LaPlante-Dube

The Words in the Woods

WHEN I WAS A CHILD, God spoke to me. All the time. A continuous dialogue that was as casual and instinctive as breathing. I grew up the daughter of missionaries, former Continue reading

Touch Grass

This essay was commissioned in partnership with L.L.Bean in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, and in support of L.L. Bean’s purpose: to inspire and enable people to experience the restorative Continue reading

A Fresh Vision

One of the new vintage hankies is so delicate—linen lawn printed with blowsy ocher flowers, in them many black anthers—anemones—and with lining-of-the-body’s-openings bright pinks, and with lilies of the valley, turquoise Continue reading

Happy End

Shh! Rise and be quick about it. Gather your things. Brother, sister: You were older but I was the strong one, humming one leg, two, now socks, now shoes— all our Continue reading