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yes on my lips

October 10, 2008

A writer must say yes to life, to all of life: the water glasses, the Kemp’s half-and-half, the ketchup on the counter.  It is not a writer’s task to say, “It is dumb to live in a small town or to eat in a café when you can eat macrobiotic at home.”  Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist — the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children.  We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so that there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing.” – Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down The Bones

I’m heading to Boston and Salem for the long weekend with my mom, my sister & her husband.  Stepping out of my head and into the world with a yes on my lips.  Yes to road trips with baguette sandwiches and pumpkin muffins, yes to coffee in travel mugs, yes to driving under a canopy of yellow, yes to walking on a red carpet of leaves, yes to Boston pubs and beer, yes to pumpkin fields, yes to haunted walks with spiked cider, yes to October skies, yes to witches, yes to cemetaries, yes to life.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2008 12:15 pm

    I cannot believe how close you will be to me!!! wahhhhhhh— but I will console myself with the knowledge that if you can travel to this neighborhood once, you can come back again!

    bisous, E

  2. October 10, 2008 1:53 pm

    Oh my goodness, that sounds up and down dreamy.
    Enjoy!

  3. Michelle Caron permalink
    October 10, 2008 3:00 pm

    Yes to a freakin’ good time yo!

  4. christina permalink
    October 10, 2008 11:25 pm

    Yes to yes! Have a haunted good time!

  5. October 11, 2008 8:19 pm

    That sounds awesome!

    And, because I am a librarian and relate everything to a book, movie, or other narrative, have you heard of this?

    http://www.amazon.com/Yes-Man-Danny-Wallace/dp/1416900667

  6. October 12, 2008 12:38 am

    Your photo is so wonderful. It captures so much…and YES! to living and experience and writing. Have a good trip.

  7. October 14, 2008 2:05 am

    How about YES to a $20 Amazon Gift Card?? You won the drawing at Shutter Sisters. Girl, I think your Yeses are working for you!
    Shoot me an email when you get home. : )

  8. October 14, 2008 10:07 am

    I hope your trip turns out as wonderful as it sounds. And it sounds incredible.

  9. Alison permalink
    October 21, 2008 4:18 pm

    Librarian girl, I just went to the site you listed and read the available comemnts about this book. I believe I’ll put it on my list of books to read. Thanks.

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