"Dear Universe, Sincerely Harriet" is a series of handwritten letters addressed to Dear Universe from Sincerely, Harriet. The 12-year-old author is named Lilia Juhl Carpenter. Lilia lives in Philadelphia and commutes to New York on weekends to be with her mother. This book was was written in California however with design assistance by Dorothy Nissen and Redford, a poodle. "Dear Universe, Sincerely Harriet" is a masterful inquiry into the meaning of life in the universe.
I grew up in a suburban house on an antediluvian riverbed near the orange groves at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Southern California. Lulled to sleep by crickets on summer nights, I woke early to nearly touch the blue mountains filling my window. One day backpacking I knew that I had to draw the mountains showing the evolutionary striation of the rocks. Later I felt some sense of wholeness drawing the moving figure of a friend dancing around the pool. After MA in Claremont went to NYC with award from Brooklyn Museum School. Mid-60s delirium and working in inner city schools in East Harlem and East New York, Brooklyn. Marriage to a life of love and nightmare… Returned together to CA 1971, lived in the Castro for 20 years, moved to Berkeley in 1994 living happily ever after.
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