Friday, February 03, 2006

Natalie Goldberg: Ideas about Place

"In Palo Alto, we lived in a tiny, three-room apartment for $2,400 a month.Yes, that's right -- it was that expensive. A Meyer lemon tree was out back. I made sure to use the citrus fruit -- I made gallons of lemonade, lemon pie, lemon soup. Long's Drug on University Avenue was the only whiff I had that this place had once been a place, a locale of some simple dignity, drenched in sun with orchards nearby. Why Long's? Because the lettering on the outside was an old script, and the aisles were lazy and sloppy and not propelled by a strong commerce."

-- by Natalie Goldberg from her essay "New Century," published in Creative Nonfiction, Number 27.

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