Tea and a Tome

Kestrel bookmark fragment © Carl James Freeman, 1989.
Used with kind permission of the artist.

Today’s tea: organic jasmine green, with a shot of honey generously provided by one of our gracious hosts during last week’s Crescent Beach conference of writerly types. Evokes good memories.

Today’s book: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Botanist Kimmerer is a scientist and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. This doubled authority charges her writing with confidence and passion. Her technical background might lead you to expect bare factual reportage, but beauty of her words comes from the well that poets frequent. I love discovering wonderfully written creative nonfiction. Laced through with Kimmerer’s personal experience and study, Braiding Sweetgrass gives us the interweaving of three sources of knowledge: science, tradition, and soul.

I’m reading more slowly these days, but I really don’t mind with a book this rich in content and language. I find I’m being educated in multiple fields at once, with joy along the way. Highly recommended so far.

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