Monthly Archives: July 2010

You have to stay in a place through all the seasons to appreciate everything that it is. 18

I have never been to Texas, so pretty much everything I know about it comes from watching Friday Night Lights. In short: it seems like a nice place with some pretty cute boys. Does that about cover it? There are a lot of jokes about how seriously people from Texas take being from Texas, but […]

She was so happy that she almost felt frightened. 5

It is no secret that I am a half-empty sort of person. The word pessimist doesn’t even begin to cover it. Sometimes it comes across worse than I intended, simply because I prefer to think things through, to consider possible consequences. Sometimes I drown myself in those what-ifs, overwhelmed to the point of being paralyzed. […]

Where the ocean meets the greenery. 7

When you visit a place year after year, you don’t necessarily notice as it changes. The little things slip by until, after several years, you look around you and see how different the world looks. When you visit a place and then revisit ten years later, what becomes obvious is not just how much a […]

Many waters. 6

When love has got you in its throes Even the summer’s heat just freezes your soul And the sweetest song It just clanks along And the morning dew just says goodnight And leaves your heart undone It doesn’t do to try and understand Nothin’ that’s as good as love ever made a lot of sense […]

Guest post by Sarah Mlynowski, author of Gimme a Call 3

A few months ago, I read Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski, and I liked it so much that Random House asked if I would like to be part of a blog tour. Here is a post by Sarah about five of her favorite books. — Five Books that Changed my Life RAMONA AND HER […]

a graceful clearing. 4

Sometimes our life reminds me of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing and in that opening a house, an orchard and garden, comfortable shades, and flowers red and yellow in the sun, a pattern made in the light for the light to return to. The forest is mostly dark, its ways to […]

window cleaning. 4

He sat hunched up on a low, yellow, wooden bench, holding the tip of his nose between two curved fingers in a way that he had. His blond hair was a little too shaggy, and a lock fell across his forehead and over one eye. “I’m a window cleaner,” he said. “A window cleaner and […]

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender 4

If you could taste Mike’s emotions in his food, his creme brulee would not just taste smooth and creamy, it would also taste unconcerned. His lasagna would have an easygoing flavor. And his burgers would taste kind. He is a peaceful person, someone who is generally not bothered by the world around him. His food […]

What wonder. 34

My darling, what wonder have we wrought here? It’s weird and it’s wonderful, dear You know the story: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and get married, boy and girl wait ten years to even think about having children. So long that people have given up on them. So long that people […]

When you get born here. 9

Hope you and your family had a lovely 4th of July. Here are some scenes from our day. We had a day full of the pool, food (so much food), friends, more food, and then fireworks. Mike and I closed the day out by listening to one of my favorite songs about America, one that […]

On changing your mind. 12

Photo by Katie Brady, shared under a Creative Commons license. I spent time last Tuesday evening explaining to several of my friends exactly why I have not been watching the World Cup. Soccer is boring, for one thing. They can play the whole game and end in a tie. I don’t understand the rules. The […]

Good things in June. 6

I’ve got four or five drafts that have been percolating but just aren’t ready yet. The week got away from me, this last week of June. I was doing too much waiting and not enough living. Except for the part where we went to see Eclipse at midnight. Just because we could. You’re not really […]