Editorial calendars move slowly and the review published at Natural Family Magazine today was one concerning a book I read and wrote about months ago. With the announcement this week of a colleague's illness, I feel like it is an odd synchronicity that the review of Dann's memoir of losing her husband Wilem to brain cancer was timed for today. The Goldfish went on Vacation is a powerful book dealing with what we tell our children, and ourselves, when confronted with death and loss. Dann (who also wrote the book which became an old cult-favorite movie, Mermaids) handles the subject matter with bittersweet humor and a gentle touch. Read my review here.
The laughing tree photo is because this is what I see upon exiting my front door every single day:
I painted the grinning tree there when my oldest girl was just a toddler and had fallen hard for a massive oak in the neighborhood with a smile splashed on in black and white. That other tree was cut down last year, blighted with age and disease. Our laughing tree gets a touch-up every spring and greets me with a smile whenever I have to go out and face the world.