Monday, March 15, 2010

Zoop! Gone.

We all lost an hour this weekend. Zoop! Gone. Don't let the rest of the week slide by, too. I'm inspired by this quote I pulled from An Altar in the World:

"Why, when God's world is so big,
did you fall asleep in a prison
of all places?" ---Rumi

I can't wait to read the whole chapter, because it's entitled "The Practice of Getting Lost." Oh, right. I need lots more practice at that. It's not good enough that I've gotten lost returning to my hotel room from the lobby. Or that, yesterday, my husband and I hiked up to an overlook called Shepherd's Point, and I said, "Wow, what a great place for a sunrise service!" to which he said, "If we weren't facing west."

If you need more ideas to keep you awake and out of prison, I suggest:

The Virginia Festival of the Book is this weekend. Every year, the VFB is terrific, but this year, it has an expanded children's and YA author focus, with FIVE panels focused on the Kidlit world. Come out and savor the day.

Right now, this minute, go read my editor's beautiful essay, "Raised by Reading: A Life in Books from the Children's Literature Festival to Harry Potter." It's intellectually sharp and emotionally honest, just like Cheryl is.


  1. Well, I mean, you aren't supposed to look directly at the sun anyway. It burns your retinas and all.

  2. This made me laugh. You, in prison, and me, in my bomb shelter! :D

  3. Hi Sara,

    Love the Rumi poem.
    I clicked on your blog this morning from a link I had cut and pasted on to my list of things to do. Don't know why I saved it, haven't read your books. (but would like to)Your blog has a great voice, probably your characters do too. I LOVE your daughter's poems. I'm thinking she's a fabulous human being. I'm continually amazed by my college-aged daughter...can't believe she came from me, so to speak. Do you feel like that?
    Anyway, nice to meet you this morning. :)

  4. Nice to meet you, too, Mary! My daughter and I are alike and different in complicated ways, so when I read her work, it's with amazement at her unique take on things and some tiny bit of recognition that she might have soaked up a few interests from me. Awesome all around. :)


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