Is That All There Is?

“In a way, all writing… is an arduous and thankless exercise, not unlike faith in God.  Sometimes, when you are in the act of writing you feel part of a preordained plan, someone else’s design. That someone else might as well be God.  And then one day you rear back and survey everything you have done, and think. Is that all God had in mind? But it’s all you got.”   from Roger Rosenblatt in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

A Person Gets Tired

depressed-girl-clipart-clipart-panda-free-clipart-images-DiFf4T-clipart    A quote from Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton, nominated for the Man Booker Prize this year:

“A person gets tired. The mind or the soul or whatever word we have for what-ever is not just the body gets tired, and this, I have decided, is – usually, mostly – nature helping us. I was getting tired.  I think  – but I don’t know – that he was getting tired too.”

 

Simple Gifts

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Shaker Oval Boxes

Looking over my shelf of books, I found June Sprigg’s gift to me from many years ago.  Her small paperback, Simple Gifts,  details her summer with a group of Shaker women in New Hampshire, and it brought back memories of my visit to the Berkshires.  Her closing paragraph has her gift to the reader.

“…that summer, in final blessing, gave me three things that proved in time to be everything I have needed to keep me on my way: simple awareness of the path itself, a conviction that life has meaning worth the good fight, coupled with the truth of its wonderful, terrible cost; a North Star in the example of my Shaker friends, so that I can stay the course and regain my bearings when I wander off and get lost; and, of ever greater comfort as the years go by, recognition of fellow travelers on the journey, before me and behind me, through the numberless days and years and seasons of our kind’s time on earth.  Those who go seeking are never alone.”

Happy Aloha Friday

The world has gone mad; the news again is horror with special coverage highlighting the nightmare in France. Is there no respite?  My first inclination is to avoid the television and go to books – Calvin and Hobbes, McSweeney – any light fare I can find.  But then I turned on the Hawaii news and it’s aloha Friday, with traffic and surfing at front and center.  Life goes on.

Purple Haze and Silver Linings

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