On the personal side, my concussion in May led to the The Longest Nine Months of feeling like I lived in an Alternate Side, a side where writing and teaching and thinking were an Unlikely Pilgrimage.
I’ve always known that we all were Born in a Treacherous Time, but just one minor traffic accident (in which my guy and I were rear-ended) kept me from my Business of Being, my Soul Purpose in and Out of the Workplace.
Even though most of my family and friends understood my Obsession – Before and Again – with the Wonder of writing, they insisted that I wasn’t Eligible to create on the computer for my normal 6-8 hours a day. My loved ones (and doctors) told me to sit out on the rocking chair – Watching the Daisies – to heal.
At times I felt In Pieces, observing my Shadow Sister, who seemed to have lost her Spark of Light while Pretending to Dance. But then as I sat still in the sun and viewed the birds and squirrels and chipmunks include me in their antics (one of them whispered to the other “She’s One of our Own!”) I realized that I had become part of the Sublime Shadows of Life.
Yes, my writing input had Fallen, but The Storyteller Speaks in many different ways. Breathing, observing, listening became a Godsend. I knew that in the Probable Future I’d retain my ability to sit in front of the computer screen, but for now, My Love Story would be relegated to tiny creatures who shared their acorns with me and showed me A Second Chance at imagination.
With pad and pen I wrote another children’s tale – a sequel to my Birds of Paradise – as I rocked. At first the cat is lonely and friendless in my next story, but Molly Finds Her Purr after discovering What’s in a Name. My incredible illustrator, Shelley, began working on sketches, since All We Ever Wanted was to entertain children and adults as they read the Origin of love and friendship.
And I am, I am, as I heal and share with you the magnificent works of writers around the globe who promise us that with A Trail Through Time, the sun still glistens and the night sky still surrounds us with the soft comfort of the next day to come.
Books I Read in 2018, in order of appearance(I enjoyed all of these books – those asterisked knocked my socks off):
Upstream, Mary Oliver
Just One Damned Thing after Another, Jodi Taylor
A Walk in the Park, Jill Mansell
The Longest Nine Months, Carol Balawyder
Alternate Side, Anna Quindlen
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
*Born in a Treacherous Time, Jacqui Murray
*The Business of Being: Soul Purpose in and Out of the Workplace, Laurie Buchanan
The Obsession, Nora Roberts
*Before and Again, Barbara Delinsky
Wonder, R. J. Palacio
*Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
Watching the Daisies, Brigid P. Gallagher
In Pieces, Sally Field
The Shadow Sister, Lucinda Riley
A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
Pretending to Dance, Diane Chamberlain
*One of Our Own, Willa Cather
Sublime Shadows of Life, Balroop Singh
Fallen, David Balducci
The Storyteller Speaks, Annika Perry
The Godsend, AC Flory
The Probable Future, Alice Hoffman
My Love Story, Tina Turner
A Second Chance, Jodi Taylor
*Birds of Paradise, Pamela S. Wight
What’s in a Name? Sally Cronin
All We Ever Wanted, Emily Griffin
*Origin, Dan Brown
*The Pull of the Moon, Elizabeth Berg
Times Convert, Deborah Harkness
A Trail Through Time, Jodi Taylor
*The Hopefuls, Jennifer Close
More Books I Read in 2018 (in my own order of reading)
Lies Jane Austen Told Me, Julie Wright; Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of the Runaway Slave Ona Judge, Erica Armstrong Dunbar; The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, Phaedra Patrick; Poison, John Lescroart; The Seven Sisters, Lucinda Riley; The Storm Sister, Lucinda Riley; From a Paris Balcony, Ella Carey; Miira, AC Flory; Nabatea, AC Flory; *Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman; Marlie, Anneli Purchase; Twenty Years After I Do, D.G. Kaye; Circumstances of Childhood, John Howell; The Cuban Affair, Nelson DeMille; A Symphony of Echoes, Jodi Taylor; Murder in Thistlecross (A Malice Novel Book 3), Amy Reade; No Time Like the Past, Jodi Tayor; What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Jodi Taylor; *The Story of Arthur Truluv, Elizabeth Berg; Y is for Yesterday, Sue Grafton; At Seventy: A Journal, May Sarton; *Soul Swallowers (The Shattered Sea Book 1), D. Wallace Peach; *Digging to America, Anne Tyler; *On Turpentine Lane, Elinor Lipman; A Nearer Moon, Melanie Crowder; Same Time, Same Beach, Dorthea Benton Frank; The President Is Missing, Patterson/Clinton; The Hubley Case, Justin Lee;
Wake-Robin Ridge, Marcia Meara; A Father for Bella, Jill Weatherhold
The Bone Curse, Carrie Rubin; The Perfect Couple, Elin Hilderbrand; House Witness, Mike Lawson; Little Woman in Blue, Jeannine Atkins; *An American Marriage, Tayari Jones; Soul Swallowers (The Shattered Sea Book 2), D. Wallace Peach; *Perla, Carolina De Robertis; Surprise Me, Sophie Kinsella; Clock Dance, Ann Tyler; Mosquito Song, J.J. Brown; By Invitation Only, Dorthea Benton Frank; The Pearl Sister, Lucinda Riley; *What Alice Forgot, Liane Moriarty; While the Bombs Fell, Robbie Cheadle; Comorbidity, J.J. Brown; The Worst Noel, Amy Reade.