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Reflections in the Silver Cup

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

BOOK REVIEW

A NATURE WRITER ON TRANSFORMATION



Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father by John T. Price. Boston & London: Shambala Publications, 2013. $14.95

I’d heard a lot about John Price before I met him because he was the much admired mentor of my friend and colleague, Jody Keisner, so I made a point of meeting him two years ago when he was a presenter at the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College. Our meeting was brief but warm, and I was moved by the beauty and sensitivity of the passages he read and how he talked about nature writing afterwards. Nature writing is Price’s primary oeuvre, but in Daddy Long Legs, he weaves nature and family together in a memoir that is funny, tender, candid, and profound.

The prairies and loess hills of Iowa, where John grew up constitute his particular place. He planned to leave this place until he fell in love with it as he drove across the state one summer during graduate school. It was then he decided he wanted to stay and make a difference by Read More 
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TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

BOOK TOUR JOURNAL 3
A MISER BECOMES A BENEFACTOR



I think my brother Rick would admit that he was a funny little boy, whom we called Dickie then. In fact, in a workshop I recently led about Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs), he described himself as a misfit. Feeling at odds in almost any culture, yet able to quickly adapt to new ones, is a common characteristic among ATCKs. But some of Rick’s quirks were probably just part of who he was. There was one idiosyncrasy that all of his siblings were aware of and sometimes teased him about. We called him a miser. When we walked down to the trading post on Saturdays to spend our nickels on a Big Hunk or a Hershey candy bar, Rick would come along, but he would just stand by, looking into the glass case, his nickel safe at home in his red baking powder can. Rick hoarded money. Not towards some big goal, just—why? To Read More 
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