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Margaret Rich

Margaret Rich, a native of South Carolina, has lived most of her adult life in North Carolina, where she has worked for the past twenty-five years as a professional gardener at a private garden in Durham. She was educated at Mills College in Oakland, CA, and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of independent study abroad in 1979–80. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College in 2012. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, James, and their cat, Obama, and is working on a memoir about her personal upheaval as a single mother during the social revolution of the ’70s.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Family and
  2. Friends (people I can quote) with a sturdy sense of humor and capacity for forgiveness
  3. A checkered past and
  4. Good health
  5. Flowers
  6. Lipstick  (“Copperglaze Brown”—discontinued)
  7. Reading glasses
  8. Ironed sheets
  9. Real butter and salt
  10. Is there anything else? Oh yes, a CAR!

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