A Different Way: Nonfiction from Erin Tocknell

Erin Tocknell‘s essay “Frametown, 2007” appears in Proximity magazine.  She writes about her “unnatural” experience in Frametown, West Virginia where she discovers hospitality from strangers.  Running low on gas and having trouble finding a gas station, she is shown kindness from an elderly couple.  Her experience ultimately leaves her changed.

In her essay, she writes, “As I looked back at the highway leading to the Interstate and turned my car in the opposite direction, I thought of the angels who warned the Magi to return home by a different way.”

Tocknell’s essay reminds us of the importance of slowing down to write our experiences and allowing ourselves to grow because of them.

Her essay can be found here.


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