In 1980, I took a writing course with Doris Betts at UNC-Chapel Hill. The first day of class she told us "The most important thing for a writer is to open your eyes."
She paused for a second and looked around the room. She stopped and looked straight at me. "And keep them open," she said.
Doris Betts was a great lady, a great professor, a great writer. I never turned out to be much of a writer myself, but I have tried to keep in mind what she told me to do. And I wish I had told her thank you before she died on April 21.