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Marshal South book review draws
 reflections from book's editor
,  Feb. 19, 2005

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Thank you very much for the great review.

The sad part of this story is that Tanya opened the world of “life beyond life,” as Marshal described it to Margaret (he had told Margaret that she had opened the world of life to him). 

In his journey with Tanya he became a more spiritual person, seeing God in nature (the burning bush you mention and also in the very seasons of the desert), and relishing the simple pleasures of life. In his journey he became the optimist and tried to find good in everything. He was a romantic—a modern day Don Quixote. He most certainly was inspired by Tanya’s religious poetry. In the end he gravitated in thought and religious philosophy toward what Tanya had set as an original goal—a desert home surrounded by peace and the presence of God—and somehow in the difficult life of Yaquitepec she began focusing more on the hardships than on God, on how much she was suffering. 

She had written in the Rosicrucian Magazine before she had met Marshal that suffering was a way of evolving and getting closer to God. How odd it is that in the end the more forgiving, loving, and generous person turned out to be Marshal. When the family broke up, Marshal accepted it stoically even though it shattered all his dreams of what could be. He took what was left of his life and tried to make the best of it while turning to the desert for healing and love. 

Tanya, ever pragmatic, made sure her children were taken care of in the way she thought was best for them, and when that job was done, she withdrew from those who offered her love and embraced her bitterness and anger toward Marshal, never letting it go....

And yes, it was a space consideration not to include Tanya’s writings in Desert Magazine.

—Diana Lindsay, editor,Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles, Feb. 19, 2005