Deedie Runkel1Donnan Beeson Runkel (Deedie) Writing has always had to fit between the cracks of a life made busy doing what was expected of me – work, family, friends, causes, and communities. My professional career’s included everything from advocating for older people to helping Congressional spouses prevent nuclear war to being a top official for the Peace Corps, both in headquarters and overseas to, most recently, being an innkeeper in Ashland, Oregon. Central to my success in all these endeavors was my ability to express myself and my mission in the written word. Without realizing it, I was proving Garrison Keillor right — there’s hardly anything we English majors can’t do when we put our minds to it. My 2010 memoir, BOXES Lifting the Lid on An American Life, laid the groundwork for what’s to come.