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Cel;ebrating a Life Well Lived

August 26, 2010

Yesterday was Carolyn Hall Young's 57th birthday. Carolyn has been my friend, inspiration, and guide since we were fifteen years old. Through her art, her cooking, her words, her garden, and most of all through her love, she's taught me the true meaning of a life well lived. I've written about her in both my memoirs, altering her name just slightly.

Carolyn has lived the last twenty-plus years of her life with advanced-stage non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She's thrived despite unspeakable suffering and has shown me the true meaning and power of mindful awareness.

Although we're in different states and don't see each other often, Carolyn and I are constants in each other's life. Although I don't write much poetry, the following lines emerged this morning and seemed to have been written for her. I share them with you in the hope that a little of her magic might flow through them to you.

Like Water
For Carolyn on her Birthday

Pause when the pool has stilled.
Notice the texture at play,
A thousand emeralds suspended,
Gleaming above the below.

Notice the layers of heaven
Riding the motionless tide,
Inside, over, upside down,
In liquid as they are on air.

Now dip a single fingertip,
Quiet, steady, and slow.
Breaking the skin like a needle
That dares not leave a scar.

Press surely as a lover
Enters his virgin.
Exhale, hesitant, no, not yet.
Now, begin to withdraw.

First, attention must be paid.
Breathe in as the world
Lifts outward, in each circle
Of light, joy.

Aimee Liu
August 25, 2010

below for more about Aimee's books & work.

Anthologies of fiction and nonfiction that Aimee has edited or contributed to.
a suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews