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Showing Us the Glades We Would Have Missed

Writers show us the glades we’d somehow missed, the trickling voices of streams, the eyes of a barn owl watching us. We couldn’t always see this in our own lives, but a writer like my father revealed a shape and movement amid it all, layers, meaning, perspective, joy, because he paid such careful attention, and paying attention is about the biggest redemption there is.

- Anne Lamott, "The Prayer of an Unconventional Family," New York Times, 11/17/12