Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The perfect book for anyone feeling, of late, as though the barbarian hordes are besieging all that is sacred and precious. Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire. New York: Ballantine, 1968. Print. Genre: nonfiction (nature/politics…enviropolitico?) Summary: Edward Abbey, a rebel-rousing UNM graduate, goes to work for the National Parks Service. He endures a year in Arches, Utah, where… Continue reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

Much like a quark, this book is small yet packed with the powers to either grip or unravel the universe. Oliver, Mary. A Poetry Handbook. New York: Harvest, 1994. Print. Genre: nonfiction (craft book) Summary: Winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and all-around linguistic seductress Mary Oliver shares her insights on the… Continue reading A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

One Well by Rochelle Strauss

If you think of all the water on earth fitting inside a tanker truck, then all the freshwater would fill a bathtub. A lot of that freshwater is trapped in glaciers and ice we can’t access. The accessible freshwater would fill 9 soda cans! Strauss, Rochelle. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth. Rosemary… Continue reading One Well by Rochelle Strauss

Wild by Cheryl Strayed (with a look at structure)

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. New York: Vintage Books, 2013. Print. Genre: memoir (specifically, one of those young-woman-in-crisis-goes-a’-traveling memoirs) Summary: This book is Eat, Pray, Love meets A Walk in the Woods. Despite a mostly impoverished, sometimes rough childhood, Cheryl grew up generally loved by everyone but herself. Soon after… Continue reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed (with a look at structure)

Outcomes vs Expectations

All year, I have been training for a half marathon. My first, in fact. Not only that, my first long-distance running event since high school track, when the longest I ran was the 2-3 circles required to hurl a discus. Month after month, I logged the long miles for training. October loomed and the event… Continue reading Outcomes vs Expectations