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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Huzza, huzza

Yesterday afternoon my mind and heart were gloriously filled with beautiful words as I listened to Sharon Creech's acceptance speech for the 2015 Kerlan Award at the University of Minnesota and later contemplated her words in some of my favorite books. Listening to the story of her own journey into writerhood, I savored the snippets of background information that shaped the books she has written and explain her writing process. Like all journeys in life, there was not straight course, she said, to becoming a writer. Most of my life's journeys have taken curved paths, too. Salamanca Tree Hiddle noted early in Walk Two Moons, "...if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones." Insert numerous other adjectives for brave, and finish the sentence to correspond to them. That sums up many lessons I have learned in life. My three favorite books by Sharon Creech sit apart from the other on my shelf now, waiting for my to reread and appreciate more of her wisdom and compassion.


  1. I need to supply my granddaughter with more Sharon Creech books. Yes, her acceptance speech yesterday was filled with anecdotes to engage writers and readers alike.

  2. Ooooooh, I wish I could have been there! I sent a message to you via Sharon, probalby she was way to busy to tell you...I'm so sorry I haven't written to you in so long, my friend...soon...Have you read The Unfinished Angel, it is one of my top favorite books of all time. Also tops: Granny Torrelli and Walk Two Moons too. And I'm a fan of Sharon, the super nice & enthusiastic & creative person, as well as Sharon, the writer! (and I'm a fan of you too!)

    1. Sharon relayed your message, dear Rita. I wish you had been there with us. I have read all the books written by Sharon!

  3. I'm so happy to re-find your blog and to have met you in the event!! xx