I don’t know about you, but it’s always hard to see the last leaves fall. Here in Portland, we still have a lot of stunning color, but the winds and rain are here in earnest, and the leaves won’t be around for long. We’ve been taking long walks with Fly, our dog, and when we come home, Fly is ready for a long nap by the fire. ‘Tis the season.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving gratitude, I wanted to share something special. A week ago, I woke at 5:00 am, feeling wide awake and happy. While looking online for some Mary Oliver poems to read, I came across a link to a full hour interview with her. For those of you who know a little about Mary Oliver, you will know that she rarely ever gives interviews, so this is a rare find. The interview is unedited, so you even get to hear some of Mary’s side comments to people in her home.
Would you be willing to help me think about this in a fresh way? Many of you have been reading my blog for several years now, may I give you a two-question survey?
What kinds of books do you read? If several, do you enjoy memoir and personal essays?
You’ve read some of my writing over the years, what part of it grabs you the most? In other words, what would you enjoy reading from me? What do you see a book from me looking like?
*Please reply in the comments if you wish. It will help a lot.
In the beginning of her interview Mary Oliver talks very candidly about her terrible upbringing. She was hurt badly by her father. She hated her young life. And she minces no words: “I got saved by the beauty of the world.”
Nothing like that has ever happened to me. But since growing older, I have been brought low twice by cancer, my husband has struggled with a brain tumor, not cancer, but something that has changed our entire life. I have recently lost two young women who were closest to me in my family: my little sister, and my cousin, Jenny.
I have things to say about loss. I also have things I want to say about joy (and pure silliness, because that’s just me.)
What are your thoughts? I value them.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and all those you love
May some small measure of peace come to the hearts of all who were effected by the horrific events in Paris.