Truly, madly, and a bit guilty, I sit on one of my favorite benches and ponder the fates and furies that have followed me over the year.
Although I faithfully follow a life of joy, I’m nobody’s fool. Some days give me heartburn, as if I’ve just swallowed vinegar. Some days I wonder if god is in ruins, even when the nights are tender. Sometimes I feel like a distinguished guest in my own home, but then, suddenly….
Despite the rumor, I understand that we are always in the middle of somewhere. A sorcerer’s garden awaits us, like a guest room in a beautiful mansion, if we only search hard enough.
Even if it’s my last stand, I will pursue Orion’s gift of the sky and sea, always with stars in my eyes.
As is the custom of the country, I’ll wait after you.
And perhaps, not by design but with the help of a man called (l)ove, just like Emerson’s wife we’ll all find ourselves sitting on a bench together, giving thanks for the life that is, and the secret life that awaits us.
- Some of my favorite books this year:
- Truly Madly Guilty, Lianne Moriarty
- Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
- Faithful, Alice Hoffman
- Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo
- Heartburn, Nora Ephron
- Vinegar Girl, Ann Tyler
- A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
- Tender Is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Distinguished Guest, Sue Miller
- Home, Harlan Coben
- Suddenly, Barbara Delinsky
- Breathe, Kate Bishop
- The Wishing Thread, Lisa Van Allen
- Inner Knowledge, Margaret Stockley
- A Great Reckoning, Louise Penny
- The Rumor, Elin Hilderbrand
- The Middle of Somewhere, Sonja Yoerg
- The Sorcerer’s Garden, D. Wallace Peach
- The Guest Room, Chris Bohjalian
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
- Orion’s Gift, Anneli Purchase
- Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
- The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George
- House of the Hanging Jade, Amy Reade
- Beach Island Plum, Holly Robinson
- That Old Cape Cod Magic, Richard Russo
- The Custom of the Country, Edith Wharton
- After You, Jojo Moyes
- Not by Design, Carol Balawyder
- A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
- Mr. Emerson’s Wife, Amy Belding Brown
- The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, Diane Chamberlain