“To really value life is to know: the best moments are often the ones we might miss altogether if we weren’t paying attention.”
In this long-awaited collection of essays from her popular blog, Katrina Kenison gives voice to the simple joys and private longings of women everywhere. Here are the deeply felt and beautifully articulated moments of life as it is really lived — the triumphs and tumult of parenting, the ups and downs of friendship, the challenges of marriage, the delicate balance between solitude and intimacy, the fleeting beauty of the seasons, the death of loved ones, the march of time.
It is a special privilege to enter the life of a writer as candid, as quietly courageous, as Katrina. “Wake up,” she gently reminds us. “Be grateful. Keep an eye out for wonder.”
So it is that we begin to discover the sacred in the everyday. We learn to embrace rather than deny the wealth of experience an ordinary life can hold. And we find in these pages the very companionship we seek for the bewildering, bewitching journey through midlife and beyond.
A graduate of Smith College, Katrina Kenison spent many years working in publishing, first as a literary editor at Houghton Mifflin Company in New Haven, New York, and Boston, and then, from 1990 through 2006, as the series editor of the best-selling The Best American Short Stories anthology, published annually by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt. She co-edited, with John Updike, The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
She is the author of Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry, The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir, and Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment. Her YouTube video for The Gift of an Ordinary Day has well over two million views.
Katrina is also the author, with her first yoga teacher, Rolf Gates, of Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga. With Kathleen Hirsch she co-edited an anthology of short stories about motherhood, Mothers: Twenty Stories of Contemporary Motherhood. Her reminiscence of her friend and author Olive Ann Burns is included in Leaving Cold Sassy, the unfinished sequel to the best-selling Cold Sassy Tree.
Her writing has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, Real Simple, Country Living, Family Circle, Redbook, and other publications.
A Reiki practitioner, gardener, and yoga teacher, Katrina lives with her family in rural New Hampshire.