A Single Moment

In her memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion focuses on how life can change in a single moment. Her husband dies suddenly, while they’re having dinner, and—just like that—her world is flipped upside down. Elizabeth Alexander writes something similar in The Light of the World, in which she and her sons also come…

Should We Stay or Should We Go?

When we first moved to this house I was convinced we’d never move. I wrote: “At some point you have to take a deep breath, put roots down, and commit to making home in the best place you can find. Sure, things may always be better elsewhere – at least in our imagination and supposition.…

September: The Start of a New Year

We’re halfway through September. The evenings are getting cooler, and we’ve been getting light rain showers every few days. In the mornings when I do my three pages of writing on the front porch, a blanket on my legs and a cup of tea beside me, the road in front of our house is busy…

The Bad Neighbour

Last fall I spent a couple of hours one sunny afternoon digging holes in the gravel at the edge of our driveway and dropping in daffodil bulbs. The work paid off – in the past few weeks a mix of daffodil flowers have been nodding their yellow heads alongside the driveway, ushering in spring. We’ve…