Columns ‘highlighted the deep nature of her mind’
I don’t recall exactly how Kristin and I met, but by the time her daughter Lily was born, we were fast friends, and celebrated …
I don’t recall exactly how Kristin and I met, but by the time her daughter Lily was born, we were fast friends, and celebrated birthday and Christmas holidays regularly in one of the circular booths at Matthew’s restaurant in Callicoon. We always took the biggest booth by the window and ordered ginger ales. When Lily was a baby, she crawled around the seat with us.
We still do meet, although our time together was interrupted by COVID-19.
I visited Kristin’s rural house on her historic farmland more than once, and she visited mine when she was a part of my poetry workshop. Kristin’s poetry was rather scarce, but always exquisite. Her Root Cellar columns have highlighted the deep nature of her mind, her connection to family, the natural world, and political justice. Kristin was an “outsider” kid growing up, but as I came to know her over the years, I watched her claim her personhood as a devoted mother and wife, a thinker with a great sense of humor, and a leader of her family. Kristin’s life is a life of service—through her nursing, her family, the Job Corps girls whom she served the night shift for and her journalism. I will never grow tired of her words and her ability to frame everyday life in a profound and thoughtful perspective.
Thank you, Kristin, for your friendship and your words.
Thank you, Kristin Barron, for sharing your insights, information, and anecdotes through your Root Cellar column. A 12-year run represents an impressive amount of topics on a deadline! I always appreciated the elegance of your writing and particularly the glimpses into your accomplished family’s life and times. I’m happy that you will continue writing professionally and creatively because your voice matters.
One of the hallmarks of the River Reporter is its exquisite columnists. Each week, accomplished writers lend their talents in thoughtful reflection of their life experiences. They do this because they have something to say. Their words have meaning and worth. Their efforts support the common good, enrich community life and connect us to something deeper within. Kristin’s writing held the tradition of the land, family, and experience that was well rooted in Upper Delaware River valley life. We are enriched by her column. We are thankful for the 12 years that her words and thoughts graced our pages. Thank you, Kristin.
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