I flew to Grand Rapids, Michigan yesterday to attend the Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College (my alma mater) today with my mom. We had a great day together, attending readings and talks by writers—Mary Karr and Thomas Lynch were highlights—and drinking lots of coffee. “Mother Superior,” as we have affectionately called Mom since her ordination as a Presbyterian minister, is an amazing multi-tasker and managed to draft a sermon, call my siblings, and answer a bunch of email between sessions.

A bright, windy sky.
Tulips in bloom. Books, old friends
and coffee with Mom.