“10:01 a.m.: Departure from Altoona’s Station Building in central Pennsylvania. Window seat aboard Amtrak’s 42 Pennsylvanian. Picture of a 92-year-old nun in my pocket.
It will take seven hours to reach New York City where my memoir Five Years in Heaven will receive The Christopher Award.
I have the best intentions to spend my journey doing work and catching up on some reading. Instead, my MacBook Air and Peggy Noonan’s glorious collection of essays, The Time of Our Lives — albeit channeled along the way, remain closed on the seat beside me.
My eyes are fixated outside on the long stretch between where I am and where I’m going.”
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