America 2020

I did not feel like being quiet today.

So I went down to the metro station and made some noise,

with a bunch of other American citizens who did not want to be quiet either.

What we hear.

Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.

 

Norton Juster

 The Phantom Tollbooth

Birds vs. Cars

At 5:10 this morning the city was so still that the chirping of birds overpowered the sound of any and all street traffic on our block.

An airport drop-off later, the tide had turned.

I am enjoying quietly reading…

Home

Marilynne Robinson is a gem of a writer and one of my favorite authors.

Home is the second book in her Gilead Trilogy (Gilead {winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction,} Home and Lila) that examines themes of community, faith, the complexity of family bonds, the way we live our lives given the choices before us, how we learn to love and what it means to call a place home—all through the lens of small town life.

Here you will find quiet, gentle observations written in language that will break your heart and also rebuild it.

It is as if you have been given permission to stand outside and peek in through a window and watch how people express their hopes and walk through their private fears.

 

You can certainly read this book in a cafe or on the bus to work,

But try reading it is a quiet space

To really appreciate it’s language,

And experience its deep stillness.

 

(You can read the three books of the series in any order. The characters overlap but the novels are not narratively sequential. I might still recommend starting with Gilead, where you are introduced to the character of Reverend Ames a linchpin for all three novels.)