Meadowlark - December 2017 ISBN-13: 978-0996680158 ISBN-10: 0996680152 BISAC: Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Everyday Magic features the best of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's
blog of the same title, fields notes on the mundane and miraculous unfolding
around us, and how to live with greater verve, meaning and joy. Journey through
whimsical, tender, and fierce explorations of travel and homecoming, beloveds
and the art of loving, grief and resilience, the arts and politics, spirit and
being a body in essays as varied as “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of
Parenting,” “Satan Called: He Wants His Weather Back,” “Body Is As Body Does,”
“The Glory of Failing,” “Have Torah, Will Travel,” “How to Make a Decision
About Anything,” “Why Poetry Matters,” “If You Give a Dog a Bagel,” and “I
Wanted an Enchilada, I Got a Prairie Fire” as well as meditations praising
Clarence Clemons, Mexican food, Benazir Bhutto, bathtubs, Laura Nyro, Marian
McPartland, and Davy Jones, among others.
Reading this book is like having a wise friend take you by
the hand and walk you down a healing path. Thank you, Caryn, for showing
us how to embrace the beauty, joy and pain in everyday life.
~ Harriet Lerner, Ph.D, author of NYTimes bestseller The Dance of Anger and Why Won't You Apologize?
Many thanks to Caryn for these beautiful lessons in living,
really living from a poet laureate who reminds you of your best friend. It's
wonderful to feel so deeply inspired by a world that feels so deeply familiar.
Williams, Singer-songwriter, and author of What I Found in 1,000 Towns
Like Da Vinci, Caryn is in love with the world, knows its
many ways, excels at all she does, and captures the hidden emotion behind what
she studies. Those gifts and skills manifest in volume in this collection of
essays, where Caryn meditates on her world in all its daily-ness. Miracles are
to be found everywhere, and Caryn finds them and pins them to the page. My
world opens up, when I read these. Yours will too.
~ Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate
of Kansas, 2017-2019, All That Jazz
Enter the amazing world of genius writer Caryn
Mirriam-Goldberg as she ruminates, rejoices, revels, and reflects. Her book Everyday
Magic is a passport to her remarkable life as mother, wife, daughter-in-law,
friend, professor, community leader, and writer. The author’s Wells Overlook
homestead becomes as familiar as my kitchen table when I read scenes from her
“It's not just a body, it's an adventure,” is the title of
one of Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's essays on the exceptionality of the everyday.
This body of work is an adventure—not necessarily the roller-coaster-ride
variety, but one of the turning of the moments of a life into opportunities for
introspection, for sharing, for recognition that this instant in time is truly
meaningful and lovely and deserving of notice. That Mirriam-Goldberg is a poet
is evident here. Nothing gets by her, and she turns her observant eye to
herself and those around her so lovingly that as we read we feel ourselves
becoming a part of her community of friends and loved ones. Here we meet and
grow to love a menagerie of people, dogs, cats, foibles, occasions of grief,
days of joyous abandon, of all the ridiculous and sublime and ennobling and
embarrassing things that enrich our lives and make our days worthwhile. Here is
a paean to the human experience as is occurs: in the commonplace details and
the nitty-gritty day-to-day unfolding of life, the individual seconds and
minutes that make up what and who we are. After reading Caryn's book I found
myself paying more attention, noticing those crystalline little orts of the
day's events that so easily and often slip by beneath notice. And that is a
Beckemeyer, author of Music I Once Could Dance To
“Listening to another means learning a new language,” writes
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. This former poet-laureate of Kansas is absolutely
present in the world. This book is an invitation to join her in a celebration
of mundane moments illuminated
by her loving presence. Wrap yourself in a warm embrace of words.
Reiter, PhD, Director of The Creative Righting Center, and Poetry Therapy
Once I read the first piece in this book, I couldn't stop.
Each piece is a window into a room in the author's mind, each so enticing that
I wanted to see the next room, and the next. This house is a well-lived-in
home, filled with compassion, honesty, wit and humility.
Lipman, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for storytelling, National
In Everyday Magic, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg describes a spirit
trip, her family’s drive to Colorado to visit a dying cousin. A spirit trip,
she writes, is “usually sudden, regardless of what’s in the bank account or on
the schedule, guided by a simple yearning to be with someone we love to say, hello,
goodbye, I’m here for you.” With an open heart and often with sly humor, Caryn
shares stories of bad vacations, burritos, family, faith, navigating a
difficult childhood, and the passing of people dear to her. In these graceful
essays I marvel, as always, at Caryn’s skill with language. Words are in her
care and her command: “a jewelry store run by paranoia and good taste,” .
. . “slogging through the potholes of grief,” . . . “The night smelled
like roses, honeysuckle, car fumes, and popcorn.” As these essays journey
through the joys and complications of life, Everyday Magic becomes a spirit
trip in itself, a trip rich in depth and meaning, one that will remain in our
hearts long after the last chapter is read.
Unruh, author of Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State