Today is Shirley Jackson’s birthday. She is one of my favorite writers. I discovered her work as a child: “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Lottery.” The illustrations are from the Reader’s Digest condensed version of “Hill House” and the drawings informed my imagination when I was young. . . . “We have grown to trust blindly in our senses of balance and reason, and I can see where the mind might fight wildly to preserve its own familiar stable patterns against all evidence that it was leaning sideways.” —Shirley Jackson
Mexican food tonight with some of the friends I’ve known the longest, from my high school and college years. (I was even a groomsman in a couple of these couple’s weddings.) From left to right: Mark Wooten, Jim Davis, Kitty Wooten, Sally Gardner, Cindi Davis, Sandi Fowler, my mom, me, and Jay Gardner. It was so great to see all these people.
I had breakfast this morning with my brother Mike and my mom. A year ago today Mike went through what was supposed to be a routine surgery, but it went woefully awry and he ended up being in the hospital for a couple of months. There were many times during last year’s holidays when it looked like he might not make it and yet here we are, gratefully, a year later. It was good to see him looking so good this morning. My brother has always been a kind, generous-hearted man and I’m grateful for him. And I’m grateful we had a chance to spend time together today. #EarlyHolidays
“The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don't run from your pain — run into your pain. Let life's storm shatter you.” —Bryant McGill . . . #Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo @Hammond_Robin. Found this picture as I edited images recently from work I did for National Geographic Magazine in October. I was in Northern Tanzania just as the rain season began. Was fortunate not to be caught in this impressive downpour.
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