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Packing for last week’s trip to Laity Lodge required some consideration on my part over what Bible to take. The One-Year Bible is convenient for my devotional reading, but inconvenient for looking up passages or doing any kind of study.I decided to tuck my green NIV 1984 Bible into my carry-on. After takeoff, the plane rose above the airport, the farm fields and the long lines of interstate until it slipped through the cloud cover and emerged on the top side, leveling out to cruise just above. We could look down and see billowy texture, like a vast plush rug.Once the plane arrived at cruising altitude, I pulled out my NIV and flipped to Psalm 68, the next passage I was to read. I stopped on verse four.
Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds—his name is the LORD—and rejoice before him. (emphasis mine)
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,sing praise to the Lord,Selahto him who rides the ancient skies above,who thunders with mighty voice. (emphasis mine)
In a workshop focusing on creative nonfiction, Greg Wolfe told us, “Flannery O’Connor said that for a scene to really come alive, it needs to include at least three senses.” I scribbled the quote into my spiral-bound notebook and cringed, knowing I rarely offer more than a few visual details.Later, as we were talking about someone’s manuscript that was rich with description, I referenced Greg’s quote, saying, “This piece surely has three or more senses engaged, because she drew me in immediately and held me in that scene. It was alive.”Greg nodded and lifted his hand to pantomime holding an artist’s brush. Then he swished it in the air, “One, two, three. You’re there.”
An e-mail inbox doesn’t stay empty long enough.Also, retreats don’t last long enough.
I need to grade papers today. Just because I slipped away to Texas for a week doesn’t release me from obligations at home. I assigned a persuasive essay to my students. Now I finish composing comments and assigning letter grades.I need a bumper sticker that reads,I’d rather be writing.
Credits: Dan King glow stick photos by Tina Howard. Photo of Ann and Tina by Kathy Robbins. Question mark and cloud photos copyright 2011 by Ann Kroeker.