Write 10 lines, each starting with the words, I hope…

I hope the Zombie Apocalypse starts soon; humanity needs saving.
I hope tomorrow is a better day than today.
I hope my knee gets better.
I hope someday to see my name 10 feet high and luminous green.
I hope the political arena on both sides of the pond settles down again to something of some semblance of order.
I hope I’m not stuck in a Glory Days scenario.
I hope (and I know I probably shouldn’t say this) I die before I get too old.
I hope someday I get what I truly want (which is what, I hear you ask).
I hope I never run out of good coffee.
I hope one day this will all make sense.

Your turn. Write an ‘I hope…’ post on your blog and tag me in it.

“One place comprehended can make us understand other places better.” So wrote Southern novelist Eudora Welty in her essay “Place in Fiction,” and it’s a concept well worth thinking about in an era in which communities and countries feel paradoxically fractured and all-encompassing, in which people feel torn apart and thrown together, all at once. At times like these, it is not a bad thing to step away from the bigger picture and focus on something smaller, as a way of re-orienting yourself in this world. – from A Nonfiction Map Of The United States

Kristin Iversen has compiled a list of the best pieces of nonfiction — books, essays, memoirs — from every state in the US (plus DC and NYC).  It’s a way, through reading, to get to know a place.

At times like these, it is not a bad thing to step away from the bigger picture and focus on something smaller, as a way of re-orienting yourself in this world.   And what better way to do that than by reading? The very best writing about a place can bring the reader a whole new understanding of a life different than their own, as well as, per Welty, a better grasp of their own place in the world.

Here’s a list from the States I’ve lived in:

New Jersey (my home State): 12 Days of Terror – A definitive investigation of the 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks, by Richard G. Fernicola

New York: The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America, by Nick Paumgarten

Georgia: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah Story, by John Berendt

New Mexico: New Mexico, by D.H. Lawrence

See more…