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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Stories about stories, hopping right along

"Did you see what I saw?" 5 x 7 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
'Tis a great time for story time, especially the stories you've heard about, but never taken time to explore, especially the classics.
As I hunker down in quarantine or "self-shelter," or whatever new buzz word comes up in this pandemic, I find myself drawn more to fiction and poetry than my usual non-fiction, since current reality is surreal and depressing.
Thus it was I called Nan Hight at Edmond Best of Books, closed to the public but delivering, and had her take photos of their classics section.
My last trip in there I got a Grisham novel and a Mary Oliver poetry book. Still reading, but it's good to have more than one book going in these times. The more stories we absorb, we experience, the more we think, dream, survive.
Two of the books she delivered  were ones  I'd heard about but never read, Watership Down by Richard Adams and My Antonia by Willa Cather.
I've been plunged into terrific storytelling, imagination, images and writing. Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop about New Mexico's Archbishop Lamy has always been a favorite, but I'd never ventured  beyond. Such a master of visual words and storytelling enriches these times.
And Adams' book about rabbits, from stories he made up to tell his children, is captivating, especially as I remember my Dad telling me bedtime bear stories, a practice I followed with my children.
Out of all this comes today's watercolor, stories and rabbits, hopping right along.
Part of the classics section at Edmond Best of Books, including two of the ones I'm reading


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