GRANDMOTHER SAID: SKY LESSONS is about life and death, the land, women’s wisdom, and generational rhythms and patterns of experience. The novella is a female testimonial chaptered journal-style by a granddaughter-recorder who filters youthful memories and adult attempts at personal authenticity through her relationship with her grandmother. They share deep emotions and textured lives. They bake bread.
“Home” for the narrator is with Grandmother out on The Texas Plains, always in heart and as often as her busy eastern life allows in actual company. Grandmother gently unwraps her memories and lessons, rare gifts. She waits to be asked. She reminds her granddaughter of her own power by example, by refusing to rescue another or compromise herself. She’s consistently honest and compassionately direct. She loves with an open hand.
GRANDMOTHER SAID is an expedition, a story of recovery of age-old female strength and tenacity. It’s an example of how we get quiet, re-centered, resilient through respect for and proximity to the land. Grandmother teaches joy in acceptance and an altered view of successful living. She references her understanding metaphorically through the broad West Texas sky. She limits herself only by an endless horizon. She trusts herself and God.
Ann Parks McCray lives and works in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she enjoys ocean, rivers, trees, lakes, water birds, blooming flowers--everything Mother Nature has to offer. Nature is often the focus of her paintings, poetry, and photography--and so, of her books. Her work is designed to inspire, calm, and restore. McCray in her own words: "We all tiptoe along a delicate path as we attempt further self-definition through self-expression. Thank you for marking this trail with me."
At Cortile Gallery Published August 16, 2015
Winter River Published December 15, 2011
Rivers in the Desert Published August 29, 2011
Art by Ann IV: Imagining Published July 04, 2011
Poems from Paris Published July 16, 2010
Art by Ann: III Sailing on Possibility, and more... Published June 08, 2010
Journaling My Way Back to Me Published December 22, 2009
Wearable Art by Ann: Published December 13, 2009