"The air still had summer in it,
but the breeze smelled like fall to me.
It was weird how September
always smelled different from August.
It just did."
from The Side Door
a novel by Jan Donley (b. 1956)
American novelist, playwright, poet, teacher
"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy.
If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem.
But I arise in the morning torn between
a desire to improve [or save] the world
and a desire to enjoy [or savor] the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day."
American Writer (1899 - 1985)
Recipient of Honorary Pulitzer, 1978
Famed for children's favorites, Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little;
also The Elements of Style; and many, many wonderful essays