Three Things Noticed

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted. You should live several lives while reading it.”

- William Styron

1. That the moon and Jupiter have been up to all sorts of mischief. Impossible not to notice when the light of a new moon is cutting through the darkness at night, and a shining planet dances nearby.

2. Under This Unbroken Sky, a new novel by the Canadian author Shandi Mitchell. I’m completely engrossed, and would be even if I hadn’t attended her book launch last week, and even if we hadn’t been classmates in a creative writing class more than ten years ago, and even if I weren’t married to someone whose Ukrainian forebears hadn’t endured similar circumstances as those depicted in the novel. The pages are smoking with life and drama. Every time I put it down, I can’t wait to pick it up again.

3. The way the light threw diamonds on the harbour on a recent Sunday morning while early-autumn clouds scudded around the sun. Tiny sailboats to-ed and fro-ed during an end-of-season regatta, overseen by a larger vessel. One couldn’t help but think of a mother duck and her ducklings swimming through the diamonds.

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