—  “For years and years I thought that stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel,” she told The New Yorker in 2012. “Then I found that they were all I could do, and so I faced that ….. I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel.”  —  Alice Munro in the New York Times upon learning she won the Nobel Prize for literature.

— Mark Oswald reports in the Journal on the big change in public access policy at the Valles Caldera National PreserveValles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains: “The board that oversees the Valles Caldera voted recently to allow hikers to wander as they like around the spectacular 89,000-acre preserve in the Jemez Mountains – a dramatic break from the restricted and regulated access allowed previously.”

— Sun comes through the northeast window. I stir. Cooper, the former animal shelter guy, hops up onto the bed and extends a white paw, as if to affirm we still have a deal.

The way days begin with Cooper -- as if to reaffirm we've still got a deal.

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