By Gretel Ehrlich
A strong chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self.
Winner of the Whiting award.
After nature author Gretel Ehrlich was once struck through lightning close to her Wyoming ranch and nearly died, she launched into a painstaking and visionary trip again to the land of the residing. With assistance from a rare heart specialist and the companionship of her liked puppy Sam, she avidly explores the ordinary and religious international to make experience of what occurred to her. We stick to as she combs each inch of her new domestic at the California coast, attends a practice of lightning-strike sufferers, and is going on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her concentration inward, exploring the tiny yet both interesting environment of the human center, and culminated in a stunningly attractive description of open-heart surgery.
“A superb paintings of art.”—Los Angeles occasions booklet Review
“This eclectic chronicle of restoration bargains tours into neurobiology, cardiology, the lore and technological know-how of lightning, and the clinical literature of lightning damage. . . . Evocative writing and many attention-grabbing facts.”—The ny occasions ebook assessment
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There was no rosary involved. Our Eucharist of watered-down wine and old bread was shared around a circle in the living room, consecrated by whoever was “up” that week—by agnostics, atheists, Jews, and even some Catholics whose last confession was a long time ago. I recall that our father gritted his teeth when one woman shared the Eucharist with her dog, and would get mad at us for picking our feet or playing with our fingernails as the host was coming around the circle. But, if we did not show the proper reverence, it was because we were never exposed to the ritual in church.
We did spend long stretches of time—years in some cases—without one of our parents. Lots of classic family moments were marked by the absence of one of them. Mom did get out of jail in time to give me a home perm for my eighth grade graduation (an oddly fancy and momentous affair). But Dad was in jail for Kate’s high school graduation, Jerry’s college graduation, and my college graduation. He died before Kate graduated from college. I now have a sense of how difficult it was for Mom and Dad to be away from us, but I wasn’t really aware of their struggles as a little kid (which is probably a good thing) because our community worked hard to take care of us.
And all my country saw Were priests who broke the law First it was a question, then it was a mission How to be American, how to be a Christian…. Yep, Starbucks was playing my song, the song about my Uncle Dan. Dar Williams’s song “I Had No Right” is a ballad to the Catonsville Nine, who were arrested in May It Runs In the FamIly ▪ 35 1968 after raiding a draft board office outside Baltimore and burning thousands of draft records with homemade napalm. That all happened more than forty five years ago, but people—Catholics mostly—still remember.