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Ferm becomes ill, November. Peggy reads Plato for St. John’s seminar, attends Robert Bly reading, is honored at Los Alamos Historical Society for Los Alamos Ranch School booklet. 1975 Ferm is diagnosed with brain tumor; final picnic at Cañada de los Alamos. Ferm dies February 2. Peggy begins to notice chemical sensitivity that affects eyes; Church Chronology contemplates moving to retirement village, El Castillo; works on Selected Poems. 1976 Peggy begins researching Hadley/Dorsey family history; visits Springer, Watrous, and Valmora, New Mexico.
When the Churches moved to Santa Fe in 1960, they became involved in the life of the city while they continued to enjoy hiking, xxxiv Introduction picnics, and travel in New Mexico and the West. Peggy then began research on another woman writer and early acquaintance, Mary Austin, who had been a famous resident of Santa Fe in the 1930s. At St. John’s College, Peggy attended seminars on Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, and William Butler Yeats, as well as lectures by Joseph Campbell, John Holt, and Robert Bly.
In “Trails Over the Pajarito,” Peggy notes: “Besides horseback riding, I must have spent a lot of time sick in bed 4 The Seeds of Wonder because that’s when I could write a good deal of poetry. It was sometimes the only way out for the housewife with even the slightest kind of creative gift, for she can never help being torn between the inward urge that gnaws on her and the demands—the supposed demands— of outer life. I remember how envious I was of my poet friend, Haniel Long, whose wife fed him and kept him and guarded him from all frustrating interruptions.