Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Of Rolls and Roles

Last Christmas, I baked a thing called “Pumpkin Cake Roll” that I found on this lovely-sounding young woman’s blog: At Home with Rachel.  As I’ve mentioned before, I am not much of a cook. I’ve never made anything like this before…but it turned out to be both beautiful and delicious. (Pictured at left with the teacup given to me by my friend Fran and the tea given to me by my friend Becky…and with the cryptocereus anthonyanus given to me by my friend Nancy in the background.)

As I was making it, I was thinking about the people who think to make…and share…such beauty. Which led me to thinking about the entire history of women. What I started writing—and couldn’t tear myself away from—turned into a piece that I’m hoping to submit somewhere. So it truly was the treat that kept on giving.

Which happens to be the theme of the piece. Seeing something as small as a shared blog recipe reminded me that there will always be those whose wise souls who intuitively understand the truth about beauty: It cannot be held. The paradox is that the more freely it is given, the more beautifully it reflects on the one who released it…and the more bountifully it returns.

“[Miss Maudie’s sunhat] was suspended in a thin layer of ice, like a fly in amber….” ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  1. Mmmm...can I come over and have tea and pumpkin cake roll with you?! (Awww, and thanks for mentioning me and the tea I gave you!) It really does look delicious and your table looks like one in those gorgeous "decorater" blogs!! You always manage to say things so eloquently! I wish I had a thimble full of your writing talent, and I genuinely mean that! :)

  2. Wow, that looks so inviting! Your post makes me want to have a tea party with a group of great gals!

  3. Becky, you are definitely one of those people who make the world a more beautiful place!!! :)

    You too, Pat! Thanks!

  4. This post makes me salivate. You paint word pictures, Tammy.

  5. High praise from a master painter like you, Linda! :)


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