Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April in Oregon

Sometimes Facebook can present some interesting topics. One of those came a week or so ago. I got one of those posts where you are tagged.
In your status line, list 10 books that have stayed with you. Don’t take more than a few minutes. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, or even your favorites. Just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends including me, so I’ll see your list.
 For me, they are:
1. The Sun Also Rises-- Ernest Hemingway
2. Ahab’s Wife—Sena Jeta Naslund
3. Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck
4. The Island Within—Richard Nelson
5. The Art Spirit—Robert Henri
6. The River Why—David James Duncan
7. The Virginian—Owen Wister
8. Light of the Western Stars—Zane Grey
9. Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek—Annie Dillard
10. The Alchemist—Paulo Coelho
For me, the interesting part of the mix of books that came to me is how much they are all still influence not only on my life but my writing. Some of the ones who answered this had romances on their lists. I really don't but it's not because I haven't loved some romances through the years-- and some now too. It's because the energy, in my romances, comes from other influences. The underlying heart of them though will always be love.

Now for the photos of April in my part of Oregon. The first is a pioneer cemetery about eighteen miles from the farm. Lately a lot of orchards and vineyards are finding their way to this part of the Willamette Valley.

The rest of the photos are from the farm.


Celia said...

"The Grapes of Wrath" has stuck with me since I first read it in the 8th grade. What a beautiful spring you are having.

Rain Trueax said...

It has been a beautiful spring. We missed some of the nicest days by having to head south to pick up the vacation trailer. We got home yesterday and today the pineapple express arrived. Glad we aren't on the freeway pulling a trailer today!

Tabor said...

What a beautiful country. I am sure you will never leave. Gone with the Wind and Diary of Anne Frank really stayed with me into adult years.

Rain Trueax said...

I think we will have to leave someday but it won't be willingly. It's tough being so many miles from any town-- and we can't do the cattle and sheep forever. Not easy to hire help out here.