Despite everything, there is much to be thankful for these days, not the least of which was eating a smoked turkey with my son (who smoked the turkey), daughter-in-law (who made everything else), and grandkids (who, like me, just ate). I wish I had a pic of seven-year-old Lacey with a huge drumstick in her fist as she chomped down with all the verve of a true paleo, the meat part of the drumstick overshadowing her face, nothing else on her plate.
(I’ll note here that we all work together on the ranch and live near each other and did not have to travel far to see each other and did not wear masks while eating turkey or anything else. We do, however, wear masks when in public.)
We ate enough, and for long enough–and it was turkey, after all, with its long-lasting narcotic effect–that I didn’t finish the intended post about gratitude (who says that can only be posted on Thanksgiving day?).
Today, however, I don’t want to not-post about this: High Desert Journal, a superb online literary magazine of the West, and sometimes beyond, recently published an essay, “Lunar Red” (https://highdesertjournal.squarespace.com/kathryn-wilder-lunar-red/), which comes from a chapter in Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West. Desert Chrome will be published in May by Torrey House Press (https://www.torreyhouse.org/desert-chrome). The new-news part is that I learned today that “Lunar Red” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by High Desert Journal. I mean, yahoooo! I mean, thank you so very much Charles Finn, CMarie Fuhrman, Laura Pritchett, all those behind the scenes at HDJ, and Joe Wilkins, former nonfiction editor who selected “Grounded,” for a previous issue: https://www.highdesertjournal.com/issue-28. “Grounded” is also from Desert Chrome, so if you want sneak peaks of the forthcoming book, click a link!
And, if you have any spare change after supporting your favorite candidate(s), please consider donating to High Desert Journal at https://www.highdesertjournal.com/donate, and Torrey House Press at https://www.torreyhouse.org/give. Every little bit helps. And tell them I sent you!
Mahalo HDJ, THP, and YOU!
Well, that’s the best news in days!!!!!
Mahalo! Yes, it was great to get that news. Just about every time I start feeling really despondent, something happens that lifts me back up, thank the gods.
Great word-pic of T Day and the drumstick, and excellent news about Pushcart Prize, congratulations and thanks for giving me one more great thing to be thankful for!
Wow, Kat, being nominated for a Pushcart! That is magnificent news. I responded on the site but never trust that I’ve done it right so it’s worth saying again. Wow, Kat, Congratulations! It was so so great to see all,of you on Zoom. Thanks for making your end of it happen. I was as shy as the kids. Gotta get beyond that… let’s talk soon…love h
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Both your comments came through, and I appreciate them both, mahalo nui loa! I am reading This Is Where I’ve Been, and loving it. Such a perfect title.
Something about which to be proud and grateful, for sure! Congrats, Kat!
You were there, which helped make the magic happen (though mustangs and the gods had a lot to do with it, too)!
WOOT WOOT! You, my friend, are astounding. I love you. xoxxo
Thank you, my friend! I love you back!!!
Well done and well deserved! Very exciting, Kat!