Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25

Sweetpeas are in bloom all over the neighborhood; so, too, is the butterfly bush. The air is heavy with fragrance.

Summer after summer, the same list of things stirs my emotions. How long the evenings are, before the last wisps of light leave the sky. How much the boys have grown since this time last year. The endless stream of friends, coming and going. The memories of being their age.

I get up at first light. This morning, something disturbed the geese on the water as I made the coffee, but I resisted the urge to investigate. I work furiously while the house is still quiet. My manuscript is due September 15, and as Alexi likes to say, “Nothing so concentrates the mind like the fear of being hanged.” With each chapter I’m immersed in a different time in my life, I assume a different age, I put on different music, I sift through the photos from those days. I dream in words.

Everything is ridiculously good. No matter how hard remembering an experience I’m writing about sometimes is; even when I haven’t had enough sleep. Someday, we’ll sit around talking about these days. How long the summers were; the way we used to walk the beach after dinner; how we ate the leftover pie for breakfast.

Erin’s Salad

My friend Erin posted this salad on Instagram recently, and I’ve been living on it. It’s the perfect summer lunch.

1 can chickpeas
1 small cucumber, or ½ large cucumber
1/3 c chopped cilantro
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 avocado
juice of 1 lime
¼ c crumbled queso fresco (or a mild feta)

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Cut the cucumber in half, then cut it in half again and slice into ¼ inch pieces. Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed, and cut into small chunks. Mix everything together gently. Season to taste with with salt and pepper.

Yield: 2 meal-sized servings, or 4 servings as a side


house on hill road said...

I have been thinking about you, wondering how everything is going with your writing. I'm glad you like the salad. xo.

Lecia Phinney said...

Erin: xoxo!

Di Hunter said...

I admire your focus! Looking forward to reading your book. I'd love to be one of the first to read it.
As always your words stir my own memories. I sat on a beach in the night of the last full moon taking part in a clearing ceremony facilitated by a Shaman. Not a summer night down here but the moon felt close and bright and the evening was calm and full of its presence. I was in awe. We are so lucky to have these experiences and the gifts of nature adding nuance to the memories we are creating.

I've been directed lately to writing my own story. It feels like a good idea.

I've noticed your absence and assumed you were emerged. Happy to 'hear' from you. Now, get back to that book.... :-)

Angela Brown said...

Hi there! I just stumbled upon your site tonight and am enjoying skimming through your archives! Your forthcoming book sounds really interesting! I look forward to learning more about it! I'm loving the simplicity of this recipe, too! This looks like the type of thing I make for lunch most weekdays -- some beans, some easy veggies and dressing. I just love this sort of easy-to-throw-together type thing! Thanks for sharing. Feel free to pop by my site sometime if you'd like :)