A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Anne Lamott is the author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Anchor Books). She lives with her son, Sam, in northern California.
I was usually filled with a sense of something like shame until I remembered that wonderful line of Blake’s — that we are here to learn to endure the beams of love — I took a long, deep breath and forced these words out of my strangulated throat: “Thank you.”
Mondays are not good writing days. One has had all that freedom over the weekend, all that authenticity, all those dreamy dreams, and then your angry mute Slavic uncle Monday arrives, and it is time to sit down at your desk.