When my oldest was seven or so, Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma changed the way I think about food and the food industry that, inevitably, feeds the vast majority of the country. His newest book, How to Change Your Mind, about psychedelics, is a book I’m reading exactly at the right time in my life. While I’m unlikely to be looking to score a few tabs of acid — I am a single mother who intends to stay on one particular side of the law, for one thing — the book is primarily about reappraising your life — in the supposed midstream, after a few years — maybe decades, compounded by child raising — of living.

What was I looking for at 21? Same, but different….

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.

— Michael Pollan


About Brett Ann Stanciu

A writer and sugarmaker, Brett Ann lives with her two daughters in stony soil Vermont. Her novel HIDDEN VIEW was published by Green Writers Press in the fall of 2015. Let my writing speak for itself.
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3 Responses to Reappraisal

  1. heididorr says:

    1. Sounds like we’re on a similar path, my friend.
    2. Fantastic photo — where was it taken?
    3. Get together sometime for a Hubbard Park hike or a swim somewhere?

  2. Millstone Trails in Barre. Fascinating place — trails built all through abandoned quarries. Yes, to getting together. I’d like to maximize outdoor pleasure while it’s summer 🙂

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