When the Earth Sleeps
A few weeks ago
Full winter is here. The yellow leaves of a few weeks ago are all gone. Now the trees are bare and brown. It hasn’t snowed for a while so there is no ice underfoot, which is great for us walkers. When the earth is resting like this, seemingly asleep with nothing growing and not a flower in bloom, all the energy has retracted deep underground to nourish the seeds that will sprout when the sunlight grows stronger again. Evenings seem better spent at home reading than venturing into the cold—although Charles Bowden at the Lensic on December 15 is tempting.
I talked to the Santa Fe-based novelist Jo-Ann Mapson (http://web.me.com/jamapson/Site_3/Welcome.html) recently, author of the entrancing “Solomon’s Oak,” about three wounded souls who make it through a rainy California winter by finding new reasons to go on. Mapson reads six books a week, and she recommended “Pictures of You” by Carolyn Leavitt (http://www.carolineleavitt.com/), about a car accident in foggy New England involving two women running away from their marriages, and how the lives of all involved change in the aftermath. It’s a literary mystery with plenty of Cape Cod ambiance that’s all about love and betrayal, and how we get over love, or sometimes never do. Think: a less supernatural “The Lovely Bones” with more romance. I couldn’t put it down!
12/10/2010 08:45:16 am
Those books sound very interesting. A book with Santa Fe ambiance + horses would be nice!
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Above: My mustang Ryo in Tesuque, NM. Our barn owner in Malibu described him as Ghandi-esque because Ryo didn't fight for the best feed bin like the other horses. When Ryo died in Tesuque, I turned on my car radio to hear John Lennon singing "Imagine"... that was Ryo "living life in peace."
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