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  • Judy Slater

A Memory

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

Beth Jacob was first known to us in Spring 2019 as SAS-C Writers launched its maiden voyage on a journey together practicing writing on-the-spot from prompts; reading our drafts to each other; and listening, critiquing, cheer-leading. Her self-introduction at this initial bi-monthly gathering revealed an adventurous, courageous, accomplished life. Her writing was witty, whimsical, thought-provoking, and memorable. She had a delightful shyness in reading her written pieces to us, perhaps not sure of her writing acumen. Her contributions to our 2019-2020 Lit Mag are anchor pieces to its theme, "Space," both in her poetry and prose. An excerpt of her piece, “My Magic Space” from the Lit Mag:

“ I have a special place, a place I like to think of as my magic space. It is found within a sentence, for it is the space that sits between two words. Hardly noticed, yet without it, you would find reading extremely hard. Even by changing where that space lies can change the whole meaning of the words. So important yet taken for granted in everyday life.”

Beth filled those spaces in each life she touched. She was a private person, yet had a warm caring soul and a zest for life. None of us had an inkling that when we re-emerged from covid quarantine that we would learn Beth had passed away many months before. Beth is missed, but remains alive in our memories and in her writings.

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