My year of dirt and water turns out to be a narrative treat even the brief journal entries capture vibrant peeks into life in japan the good the bad and the frustrating even the brief journal entries capture vibrant peeks into life in japan the good the bad and the frustrating. My year of dirt and water takes readers on a personal journey of reflection posing questions that are larger than the life in which they arose the very act of reading this journal is meditative prompting a profound stillness worth experiencing and definitely worth recommending. My year of dirt and water journal of a zen monks wife in japan by tracy franz stone bridge press july 2018 308 pp 1695 paper tracy franzs my year of dirt and water is the gracefully written record of a challenging year in the life of its author the vivid and highly distilled prose drew me in from the beginning and gave me the . My year of dirt and water is a record of that journey allowed only occasional and formal visits to see her cloistered in february 2004 when her american husband a recently ordained zen monk leaves home to train for a year at a centuries old buddhist monastery tracy franz embarks on her own year of zen. My year of dirt and water does not do that except with selected aspects of franzs experiences the ones that matter most and in the end this is how it should be she wants to show readers and perhaps even explain to herself how zen affects every corner of her life in japan and carries over to the time she spends back home in america too
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