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When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and the world shut down last spring, local writer, Johanna DiBiase, had just moved into an off-grid house on the mesa. With social interactions put on hold, the invitation was to go inward. DiBiase did so by going outside.

Natalie Goldberg is the author of 15 books, including "Writing Down the Bones," which has sold over one million copies and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. In her memoir, "Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home," she shares her experience with cancer - grounded in her practice of Zen and writing. Her latest work, "Three Simple Lines: A Writer's Pilgrimage to the Heart and Homeland of Haiku," is due out in February 2021.

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How any of us wind up anywhere is a mystery. We set out on a path bound for somewhere and arrive in a place we likely did not intend on going at all. The forks in the road aren't always easy to spot, and sometimes we wind up on the low road even though we intended to take the high one. Oftentimes, it is as if the name of the road changes suddenly while upon it.

Week three's challenge is going to take some rhyming skills. • Write a limerick on any topic. Limericks are five lines, usually funny and definitely fun to read aloud. The rhyme scheme is AABBA: The first, second and fifth longer lines share a rhyme, while the shorter third and fourth lines share a different rhyme.