Susan Tweit’s fluid prose lays bare an exquisite honesty regarding the dearest and most difficult of human transitions―from life to death.Lyanda Haupt, author of Mozart’s Starling
Bless the Birds
Living with Love in a Time of Dying
As Susan and Richard navigate the unfamiliar territory of brain cancer treatment and learn a whole new vocabulary―craniotomies, adjuvant chemotherapy, and brain geography―they also develop new routines for a mindful existence, relying on each other and their connection to nature, including the real birds Richard enjoys watching. Their determination to walk hand in hand, with open hearts, results in profound and difficult adjustments in their roles.
Writer Susan Tweit and her economist-turned-sculptor husband Richard Cabe had just settled into their version of a “good life” when Richard saw thousands of birds one day―harbingers of the brain cancer that would kill him two years later. This compelling and intimate memoir chronicles their journey into the end of his life, framed by their final trip together, a 4,000-mile-long delayed honeymoon road trip.
Bless the Birds is not a sad story. It is both prayer and love song, a guide to how to thrive in a world where all we hold dear seems to be eroding, whether simple civility and respect, our health and safety, or the Earth itself. It’s an exploration of living with love in a time of dying―whether personal or global―with humor, unflinching courage, and grace. And it is an invitation to choose to live in light of what we love, rather than what we fear.
Reading Bless the Birds left me awed and shaken. Tweit writes with the fascination of a scientist and the lucidity of a poet. In these pages her heart swings open wide, opening the rest of ours with her. —Craig Childs, author of Virga & Bone, The Secret Language of Water, and other books
I loved this book. I needed this book. I drank it in huge gulps. I shouted at the book, and I hugged it to my chest. Above all, I learned from this book: Courage comes only to those who are afraid. Grief comes only to those who love deeply. Birds come only to those who lift their eyes. Grace comes only to those who give themselves up for lost. Bless the Birds is a rare gift.
—Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth’s Wild Music, Holdfast, and other books
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Compelling Bios: Present Your Best Self in 250 Words or Less
Story Circle Network Webinar
January 30, 2021, 9:30 am (RMT)
Every writer needs a bio paragraph—whether for your website, book jacket copy, article attribution, or general publicity. Your bio should be as compelling as your writing. Yet it’s often an afterthought, something dashed off when you’ve finished the “more important” work. Learn how to craft a short bio that will pull readers in, and give them a real and readable story that is a true picture of who you are and why they want to dive into your work.
Register for this webinar here, and learn more about Story Circle Network here.
Nurturing Native Plants: What Natives Need to Thrive in Your Garden
at the 6th Annual Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference
February 27, 2021, 11:20 am-12:05 pm (RMT)
You’ve got your garden planned, you’ve chosen your native plants, and you’re set to plant. Excellent! This session will help you learn how to give those plants the best chance to thrive in their new home.
The conference is virtual this time! Check out the offerings here.
Susan J. Tweit began her career studying wildfires, grizzly bear habitat, and sagebrush communities before turning to writing to tell the stories behind the data. She has written thirteen books, including her newest, the memoir Bless the Birds: Living With Love in a Time of Dying, which New York Times bestselling novelist Jane Kirkpatrick calls “the book for our times.” Tweit’s work has won awards including the Colorado Book Award, the EDDIE for magazine writing, and ForeWord’s Book of the Year. Her stories and essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers ranging from Audubon and Popular Mechanics to High Country News and the Los Angeles Times. A Quaker, she is called to restoring nature wherever she lands, from rural New Mexico and industrial sites in Colorado, to the wilds of Yellowstone National Park. (Read more.)