Anne Lamott’s Take on Reading and Writing

Anne’s reflections…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” Anne Lamott

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The Throw

Yes. It’s true. With both my son and my daughter before they could walk, I taught them the throwing motion. They were both holding themselves up by the other hand in a playpen at the time.

Our daughter, Courtney, played, and still could play, a solid third base with a fine throw to first in softball. Our son, Chad, had/has an excellent service motion in tennis. That serve is equivalent to the overhanded throwing motion.

Did I have anything to do with that. Probably not.

My spouse’s DNA was the driving force. So much for an overly zealous dad who grew up as a frustrated athlete.