Showing posts from 2015

Another Country

I hope you might check out my newest short story, "Another Country," which is a contemporary Appalachian retelling of James Joyce's "The Dead", which was just published in the latest issue of Blackbird.  And let me know what you think.

Summer Playlist

Here's an eclectic mix of recent songs I'm loving during these hot, sweet days and nights of summer. Mostly new stuff, but some old great ones occasionally.  Here's the playlist and below you'll find videos for each one.

1.  Nothing to Lose-Andrew Combs 2. Woman (Oh Mama)-Joy Williams 3.  Something More Than Free-Jason Isbell 4.  Anderson East-Satisfy Me 5.  Biscuits-Kacey Musgraves 6.  Better Man-Leon Bridges 7.  Tropics-My Morning Jacket 8. Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy-Nick Waterhouse 9. In a Week-Hozier and Karen Cowley 10. Roll the Bones-Shakey Graves 11. Dixie-Ashley Monroe 12. Go Home-Lucius 13. Tennessee Whiskey-Chris Stapelton 14. My Love Took Me To The River To Silence Me-Little Green Cars 15. Be My Husband-Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aiofe O'Donovan 16. Zero in the City-Great Lake Swimmers 17. Done-Frazer Ford

A Public Conversation: Silas House & Barbara Kingsolver

Back in November I was delighted to sit down for an hour-long conversation with my friend Barbara Kingsolver.  We talked about writing, living a conscious life, our place, books, and everything in between.  I hope you'll enjoy listening in on this public conversation.

Prayer for 2015

This year:  

Find a creek, river, lake, or ocean, and be still beside it for a time. Sit by an open fire and watch the flames. Sit on the porch and lie on the grass. Light candles. Take a deep breath. Write a handwritten letter to someone. 

Discover something new everyday. Learn. Tell stories. Listen to old people. Ask them questions. 

Do something nice for others when you can and don't hesitate to be kind to yourself.

Read actual, real books and newspapers.

Spend an entire day without looking at your phone. If you feel the urge to post a selfie everyday, take a picture of some other beautiful thing instead. Remember that there is power in moderation.

Learn to cook or bake something new. Enjoy every meal. Savor your food. Drink water.

Be completely quiet. Turn your favorite song up as loud as it will go.

If someone makes you feel bad all the time, get away from them. Laugh with others. Laugh while you're alone.

Spend time with animals. They make us better people.

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