MY LIFE AND WELCOME TO IT

Once upon a time, I built a teepee. I painted the door and filled it with things I loved. I made the poles, sanded each by hand, peeling the bark from each 16-foot sapling we had cut in our own woods.

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Then I wrote a book about building it, and about life, transformation, and other things, some funny, some sad, some just whatever.

The manuscript for The 12-Foot Teepee took me about 7 months to write, almost as much time to edit, then a few more months to design the cover and the book. Getting it published, well … that’s a whole other story.

This was my teepee.

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It stood, through all seasons for five years. This summer, the poles could no longer support the canvas, and the canvas itself was mildewed. Its time was over and it came down.

There won’t be another. I’m past sitting on any floor, even a teepee. It’s not getting down. It’s getting back up.

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Building it was a rebirth. A physical teepee is nothing but a bit of canvas and sticks, the rest is spirit, love, and hope. I knew it wouldn’t last indefinitely. It survived for five years, which is about as long as it could in this climate. Especially since I left it up through all four seasons. Still, I miss it and always will.

I had some great hours in my teepee. My favorite was when snow was falling and I was cozy by my fire. It was the most peaceful place in my world.

You can find the book on Amazon, both as a paperback and in Kindle format. It is “The 12-Foot Teepee,  by Marilyn Armstrong.

My life has moved on considerably since then but writing it was a turning point in my life. So … that was my life. And I wrote it already. Would I read it? I’m not sure. I haven’t made up my mind about that. Yet.



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33 replies

  1. Thank you, Bette, for sharing this sensitive, insightful post.

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  2. This sounds like a lovely book based on a wonderful experience. We all need such places. 🙂

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  3. What an enjoyable post!! I got it from Bette Stevens.

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  4. Reblogged this on Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author and commented:
    The 12-Foot Teepee takes readers along on Maggie’s lifelong journey to find peace. It is a story of hope that will inspire all who have ever been downtrodden amidst life’s challenges. Maggie faces her own challenges in a unique way and finds the peace she has been seeking in ways that will inspire you. This book has something in it for everyone. ~ Bette A. Stevens

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  5. A wonderful memoir, Marilyn! And lucky me, the talented author (Marilyn Armstrong) signed my copy. ❤

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  6. I can imagine the load of emotions when you saw your teepee, built with your hands, give its last sigh. It’s certainly an experience (the building and the moments spent there) worth of a book.

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  7. I have that book and I quite enjoyed reading it.
    My teepees were canvas tents with zippers; a whole nother kind of ambiance. I miss the smell of canvas.

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    • A zipper might have been an improvement. It certainly would have made it more rain resistant. Glad you enjoyed the book. I miss my teepee too. It did pretty well for four out of its five years. By the final year, the mold and mice had pretty much taken over.

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  8. So interesting for you to be able to read about the person you were then- and how you have changed. What a wonderful structure to build.

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  9. I’m sad to hear that it is gone, but I’m getting Kindle version right now.

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  10. Any way I can buy one directly from you, and have you autograph it?

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  11. What is you next big under taking?
    Leslie

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  12. What a fantastic experience, and yes I will read it this Winter.

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    • Wow, it really DOES pay to advertise 🙂 I sell approximately 2 books per month and I am always surprised and delighted that anyone finds me interesting enough to bother. Remember, please, that I wrote the book nine years ago and I’ve changed my mind about a lot of stuff since then. Sometimes, I’m not sure who that person really was … but then I realize it’s just a younger version of me, another step on the long path.

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  13. It sounds like you are ready for another great journey, it is such an encouragement to take that same path.

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  14. I remember doing some of the labor for the Teepee. Proud of it.

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