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HIS COLLECTION of poems and letters – witty, insightful, some free-floating and fantastic, subtle and many layered in their colors and moods – were sent to me from time to time by Sally Nugent Hintzen as seasoning in an intermittent exchange of correspondence that ebbed and flowed over a 25-year period until 2006, the year before she died of cancer.

They are the voice of a gifted amateur naturalist, an accomplished professional editor and writer, and a wide-ranging exploring mind. Also, a woman who could not allow the ironies and humor of the world around her to remain unreported. Sally noticed as well the life-affirming details in the interplay of people and the natural world of birds, animals and plants. She was always in touch with her feelings and the inner life populated by these experiences. And she had the literary gifts and artistic sensibility to write and paint about them distinctively.

Sally and I first met when she joined the production department staff at Goodyear Publishing Company in Santa Monica in the mid-1970s as an editor while I was Director of Production.

After I left the company, and then later when she did, we remained good friends – and when she married Martin Hintzen – he became a good friend as well. I was a regular visitor at their home, first in the Valley and then, on my trips up north, when they moved to Martin’s forty acre wooded property in rural Onalaska in southwest Washington. This collection of her poetry and letters is our tribute to Sally.

Eugene G. Schwartz Malden on Hudson, NY

October, 2008

Preface

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