By Susan Wittig Albert
From Eudora Welty's memoir of youth to may possibly Sarton's reflections on her 70th yr, writers' journals provide an impossible to resist chance to hitch an artistic philosopher in musing at the events--whether in lifestyle or on an international scale--that form our lives. In a rare 12 months of standard Days, best-selling secret novelist Susan Wittig Albert invitations us to revisit essentially the most tumultuous years in contemporary reminiscence, 2008, in the course of the lens of 365 usual days during which her analyzing, writing, and considering matters within the wider world--from wars and financial recession to weather change--caused her to think again and reshape day-by-day practices in her own life.Albert's magazine offers a fascinating account of the way the enterprise of being a winning operating author blends along with her rural lifestyles within the Texas Hill nation and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of latest Mexico. As her eclectic day-by-day studying levels throughout issues from economics, nutrients creation, and oil and effort coverage to poetry, position, and the writing lifestyles, Albert turns into more and more inquisitive about the flora and fauna and the threats dealing with it, in particular weather swap and source depletion. Asking herself, "What does it suggest? And what ought I do approximately it?", she determines functional steps to take, corresponding to becoming extra foodstuff in her backyard, and likewise is helping us as readers make experience of those matters and examine what our personal responses can be. (20101206)
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When papyrus replaced clay tablets, and the Gutenberg press calligraphy, did a bit of panic set in? Are we in the midst of a revolution of similar proportion? Very probably. —susan mclester 21 7/12/10 12:27:11 PM The true university of these days is a collection of books. — thomas carlyle mat. ) And paper, and trees? Think of all the trees being saved, and the oil now used to truck printed books from warehouse to bookstore! I love it. Absolutely love it. It’s like having an entire library, a university, a universe of knowledge in my hands.
Sisters in Crime, connecting me with other mystery authors. Women Writing the West, a network of women who share a subject and a passion. It takes a village to live any kind of life, especially a writing life. Can’t be done alone. january 27 We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or ﬁx us in the present.
Where did he learn these skills? Not from his mother, certainly. We grew up together, my children and I, in a time when kids were considerably less “parented” than they are now. I was in my late twenties and they were in elementary school when I took the family to California, enrolled as a graduate student at uc-Berkeley, divorced their father, and rewrote my future—and theirs. It’s to their credit, certainly not mine, that they have grown into the productive adults and attentive parents they are.