- I fell in love with Doig’s grandmother when he began to write about moving with her to Ringling so that he could go to school. He learned to be careful not to look at her when she took her teeth out to brush them. That was, he said, “The quickest annoyance I could cause.” And Grandma was “a thunderous snorer” who “was apt to snort herself awake and mutter irately about it.”
- I am almost finished reading the book “This House of Sky”. I absolutely love it! He is a fabulous writer and his detailed information about the Montana landscape is wonderful.
I am also fascinated with “Grandma.” Her work ethic is priceless! I wanted to know more about how she was able to help herd sheep all day and then go into the kitchen and feed all of the hungry ranch workers!! What kinds of things was she cooking?? My own grandmother was quite a bit older and she seemed a little distant and remote, but I know she loved my sister and brother. So I really did enjoy the close family ties even though it was rather disjointed and rocky at times.
- (Excerpt) Having been born and raised in this isolated part of Oregon I was too busy to appreciate my surroundings. You don't just happen to stumble upon Enterprise; you have to purposely drive there via La Grande or Lewiston, Idaho. However, it is possible, depending on road conditions, to take a slow mountainous scenic route from Halfway just out of Baker to Imnaha and then Joseph and Enterprise. From La Grande you leave Highway 84 and follow Highway 82 for approximately 64 miles to Enterprise and, believe me, it takes at least an hour and a half to cover the ground, that is if you don't stop at the Lostine Tavern.
- (Excerpt) I can easily envision sitting on the curb, playing with worms while waiting for my big brother to get back from school. The curb was the outer edge of our front yard. Canopied by two gigantic walnut trees; this yard was the epicenter of my landscape, the landscape of my childhood. Under sprawling limbs, I jumped on piles of crispy leaves, ran through chilly sprinklers, played cowboys and Indians, and enjoyed picnics on old tablecloths.
- (Excerpt) For me, the mountains were an important landscape, while growing up in Pasadena, California. Our house faced North and the San Gabriel mountains were directly in front of us. On some days the sky was covered in smog and you could not see the mountains, due to the air pollution. On other days, the blue sky was crystal clear and you could see the mountains clearly. As a child, we all loved to have the Santa Ana winds blow, because those hot, dry winds from the East, blew every bit of smog away and we were left with a bright, clear sky! I am happy to say that now the air is clear every day!