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From Carmel, words and images that reassure

October 16, 2003

Thank you for Barbara King's wonderful article ("A Place Where Nature Takes You by the Hand," Oct. 9) about a place, a poet and a dog who are all held very dear in my heart.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Robinson Jeffers' bulldog, Haig, although I feel I know him from having read the poem in which he is the subject-narrator so many times.

My husband first read it to me on the beach in Carmel many years ago. I was crying by the time he finished. My husband passed away five years ago and we read "The House Dog's Grave" at his memorial service. What a wonderful tribute to the immortal power of love. I'm reminded of a deeply moving sentence from Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Rey":

"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."

Heidi Mastrogiovanni

West Hollywood


How wonderful to have Barbara King's piece on the Jeffers home. When I moved to the Monterey area many years ago, the first friends I met there were the Jefferses. Little did I know just how lucky I was to be shown around by Robinson Jeffers' grandson, Donnan, seeing this wondrous place with and through the eyes of a family that had complete takes on it all -- playing Scrabble, creating our own words in a place where words were so much a part of the magic.

Charles Sinclair

Silver Lake

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