What I learned from . . . Random Lessons in Living

What I learned from “The Metamorphosis” by Kafka: I’m not as smart as I thought. I don’t get it. Or if I sort of get it, I don’t believe that view of a universe with no meaning.

What I learned from Nora Roberts: Some people are just smarter and more talented (and harder working) than I am.

What I learned from Shakespeare: Even Shakespeare had off days.

What I learned from “Lake Isle of Innisfree” by Yeats: Yearning for peace and simplicity is timeless and universal.

What I learned from Shel Silverstein: Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out.

What I learned from Lord of the Flies: My God! What evil lurks in the heart of men!

What I learned from The Road  by Cormac McCarthy: Yeah, there’s the Lord of the Flies side of humanity, but there is also love and hope and perseverance and faith in goodness, too.

What I learned from Jane Eyre: Integrity counts. Looks not so much. Passion counts, but does not trump integrity. Self-respect trumps all.

What I learned from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: We can indeed take control of our own thought processes. Who knew?

What I learned from André Cailloux, free black soldier of the Union Army: There are true heroes in the world.




About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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