reconciling things

“Allow it all to happen: beauty and terror…” Rilke

A friend asked me recently if I wrote a book what would it be about. I said, “I don’t know. Grief and other lovely things, I suppose.” That is said without an ounce of sarcasm, by the way. I have been in a season of grief for a while—the kind of grief that was at …

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As I grate cheese by hand, “You know the store sells cheese that is already grated, right?” As I chop piles of vegetables for fermenting, “Why don’t you own a food processor?” As I light dozens of candles in the evening, “Why don’t you just turn on the lights?” As I mix herbs and store …

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