Monday I had the opportunity to listen to a local radio show* on our NPR station, which was quite fortuitous, as three bookstore owners were giving their personal recommendations for summer reads. The first book mentioned was a new book by Terry Tempest Williams and, after the description, I couldn't wait to purchased the book and hold it in my hands. Within minutes I had picked up my purse and headed out to the LBS. This is a book you need to see, touch, to thumb through, as inside there are beautiful surprises along with the amazing, poetic, and prophetic words.
Sunday, from inside the house I could hear a constant, almost panicked chirp of a robin. I went to investigate and, in a nearby tree, found two robins sitting side by side on a bare branch, chirping for all they were worth. An eching of their call came from a robin on a power line. In the same tree, also chirping, albeit a little more slowly, sat a pair of gold finches. The chorus went on for over an hour, as a neighbor and I watched in awe and wonder.
Every day I have the pleasure of watching three scrub jays play in the cedar bushes on either side of my office door. Their cries draw me from my office chair for a much needed break, and I often catch sight of their blue wings as they glide from a pine tree back into the cedars. They never fail to bring a smile to my face.
I can't wait to step into Terry's book and read her meditations on life, family, love and landscape. Her words have always filled me with a sense of place.
*The link to the show also has a list of the books recommended by each local bookseller. Enjoy!