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not your history "

Stephen R. Covey

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

May 5th, 2009

I guess we all have books that we promise ourselves we will read or re-read when we have the time, when we are older, when we can finally stop the mad rush… Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is one of those books that I started to read as a teenager, and found it so inspiring I put it down at a certain point…waiting for the right time to drink from it again. Thirty or forty years later here I am still waiting! Here’s a sample:

Live water heals memories. I look up the creek and here it comes, the future, being borne aloft as on a winding succession of laden trays. You may wake and look from the window and breathe the real air, and say, with satisfaction or with longing, ‘This is it.’ But if you look up the creek, if you look up the creek in any weather, your spirit fills, and you are saying, with an exulting rise of the lungs, ‘Here it comes!’

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek