Tuesday, November 24, 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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

Friday, February 6, 2015

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.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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.

Spray someone with the kitchen sink sprayer. Sing while washing dishes. Dance.

Don't judge. Think this: "There but for the grace of God go I" or "Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Forgive others. Forgive yourself.

--Silas House, from "What I Know: a Prayer Essay"