Friday, October 8, 2010

your acre

(This is my last post for autumn colors week - brown today. Top photo: some of our harvested potatoes; #2 - at home; #3 - at Jones Creek Farm; #4 - at Sitka & Spruce; #5 - a neighbor's house; #6 - my home; #7 - at Joe Bar)

What are you reading these days? I just picked up Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. (Have you read her book Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year? Alexi and I read it aloud together when Abbott was a baby; I consider it a must-read for all parents.) I'd like to share this bit with you today:

'...every single one of us at birth is given an emotional acre all our own. You get one, your awful Uncle Phil gets one, I get one, Tricia Nixon gets one, everyone gets one. And as long as you don't hurt anyone, you really get to do with your acre as you please. You can plant fruit trees or flowers or alphabetized rows of vegetables, or nothing at all. If you want your acre to look like a giant garage sale, or an auto-wrecking yard, that's what you get to do with it. There's a fence around your acre, thougth, with a gate, and if people keep coming onto your land and sliming it or trying to get you to do what they think is right, you get to ask them to leave. And they have to go, because this is your acre.' p. 44, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

Enjoy your Friday.

10 comments:

Vanessa said...

You've defintely captured the best of the fall. I especially love the texture of the potatoes covered in earth. Colder evenings are so nice for reading; I've just discovered Henry James and after the Aspern Papers, am onto the Turn of the Screw. But I'm also reading a Jeeves and Wooster novel by P.G Wodehouse; always such a pleasure to enter into that world. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Sammi said...

I have just finished reading The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society by Chris Stewart, and I'm starting a very old copy of Winnie the Pooh

Ruth said...

Oh my. I'm heading to the library today to get this book! What a fantastic quote.

jan said...

Thanks for joining us this week Lecia, your contribution was truly inspiring.

And thanks for this book tip - I hadn't heard of it.

jenny said...

What a great excerpt you shared. I have not read that book but I'll put it on my list now. Gorgeous photos, Lecia. Happy fall to you!

Francesca said...

I love the potato and fall leaves photo. Reading a book aloud together sounds like such a special time, I wonder why I read aloud only children's books to my children?!

Char said...

oh my how i love those potatoes

sandra said...

beautiful photos this week, Lecia. autumn color week was fun!

and the books you mentioned...have been put on my library holds list. thanks for sharing them :)

KPiep said...

Brown...my favorite color because it's surprising and textured!

I'm reading Louise Erdrich's Antelope Wife right now. It's very interesting so far! I'll have to hit the library for the books you recommended today.

Valerie said...

oooh beautiful browns !

I have a question : how do your prevent the sisters from scratching your beautful leather couch ?!
one of our cats has ruined several of my (heirloom) furniture feet & this is what i would call "cross the line" i am very reluctant at declawing him though...