A Good Tale

Today it snowed in Pennsylvania. Outside, it looked like this:














I got a lot done, including reading a good bit of the Bhagavad-Gita. I’m reading it as research for the novel I’m working on and also just for me because it is, well, life-changingly profound ancient scripture. A holy gospel of the Hindu tradition. This is the edition I’m reading now, but I have just ordered another translation and can’t wait to read it as well.














I cleaned my office some; I dusted and filed and recycled. I looked closely at my semi-neglected plants and discovered that the daisy I bought last summer and brought inside a couple of months ago is, in spite of the snow, being miraculous:













Then I found on a shelf something I’d tucked away and completely forgotten about; a little book I bought at an antique store last spring in New Hope because I loved the beautiful cover.

the beautiful book












I don’t remember giving the inside of the book more than a glance when I bought it. Today I opened it and gently turned the pages, and I found a message hidden inside:









I thought first of the religious and musical connotations of gospel (with a capital G), but I wanted to know the origin of the word. In Webster’s I found:

First Known Use: before 12th century. Middle English, from Old English gōdspel (translation of Late Latin evangelium), from gōd goodspell tale

I am, indeed, trying to write a gospel. A good tale.

Let it be so.

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  1. Chanpreet says:

    What a beautiful words and what a beautiful book cover! Thanks for sharing Shelle. They’ve certainly perked up my day.

  2. lori says:

    PA was definitely beautiful today, and I don’t even really care for snow. Maybe it was because I had the day scheduled off from work so the snow didn’t cause a problem for me with my commute. I enjoyed the message you found in your forgotten book purchase. I’m sure you have another good tale forthcoming!

  3. Megan says:

    The snow looks beautiful! The weather here is nasty cold :/

    I love books with beautiful covers 🙂

  4. Stacy says:

    Everything you write is a Good Tale! I love opening my email to see you have a new blog post. The photos are beautiful, especially the snow. It was cold here in Austin last week, and by cold I mean below freezing for a couple hours with a little rain. The kids and I sit by the fire and watch everyone else get snow and dream…but I am thankful I don’t have to scrape my windshield or drive in the snow:)

    I know your next book will be worth the wait.


    • shelle says:

      I would love to be in Austin right now, Stacy! Because I know how awesome it is (I spent some growing-up years there) and because this morning I wiped out on ice going out my front door. I have a delightful bruise on my knee.

      Thank you for those warm new-book vibes. 🙂

  5. Tom says:

    I love this short story. It really gave me a picture of you and your day. Be authentic — then your gospel words will be true.

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