“I think maybe I was successful in doing this because I didn’t have any other talents,”

said Alice Munro.  Then she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What a beautiful accomplishment for a woman who described herself this way: “I’m not really an intellectual,” […] “I was an okay housewife but I wasn’t that great.” Be inspired to do two things today: 1) Visit your library and take home a book … More “I think maybe I was successful in doing this because I didn’t have any other talents,”

The Pear

“If you’re looking for someone to lead you, it won’t be me,” she said, “For now, anyway.” And it gave him a start, so much so that he pulled back too quickly on the small knife he was using to slice bites from a pear. A thin line of blood appeared on the tip of … More The Pear

A Muse Is a Terrible Thing To Waste–If She Actually Has Something To Share

While reading my free copy (Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week) of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison, I came across this lovely description: “The sky is oppressive: slate gray and inching eastward. Not a sky for dreamers.  A sky for people just trying to get by.” I paused.  Reread the lines.  Looked up at my own … More A Muse Is a Terrible Thing To Waste–If She Actually Has Something To Share

The Farmer’s Wife

Field mice tell lies better than my husband when he began to fail, first in the evenings, counting out the rows and weights of the day’s downed wheat. his fingers an abacus on mother’s old plaid oilcloth. He counted the season’s crop, the winter’s stock, winnowing numbers over and over until no space remained in … More The Farmer’s Wife